Assistant Finance Director

City of Tulare, CA
October 8, 2019
Tulare, CA
Job Type


Position Description

Thank you for your interest in our Assistant FinanceDirectorposition. We look forward to the opportunity to consider you as an applicant. We are currently recruiting to fill one vacancy.

To be considered for this outstanding career opportunity applicants must submit an application with detailed information in each of the following sections of the application: Education, Work Experience, Certificates and Licenses, and Skills. Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a complete, detailed application or in lieu of detailed responses to the supplemental questions.
INTERVIEW: Applicants that meet the minimum requirements will beinvited to interview for the position on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st.

For planning purposes, we have included reference to the interview date. Additional details regarding the interview will be sent via email to applicants after our screening process is complete (on or before Friday,November 8that1 p.m.).
Under administrative direction, assists in planning, organizing, managing, and providing administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Finance Department, including the preparation, processing, and maintenance of a wide variety of accounting records and reports, general and fund accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, business licensing, payroll, billing, and cashiering activities; assists in coordinating assigned activities with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments, divisions, and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Finance Director in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Receives administrative direction by the Finance Director. Exercises general direction and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff through subordinate levels of supervision.
This is an assistant department head classification in the Finance Department. The incumbent oversees, directs, and participates in major activities and programs of the Finance Department, including the preparation, processing, and maintenance of a wide variety of accounting records and reports, general and fund accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, business licensing, payroll, billing, and cashiering activities, and is responsible for providing professional-level support to the Finance Director in a variety of areas. Assists in short- and long-range planning, development, and administration. Successful performance of the work requires an extensive professional background as well as skill in coordinating departmental work with that of other City departments and public agencies. Responsibilities include performing and directing many of the department's day-to-day administrative functions. This class is distinguished from the Finance Director in that the latter has overall responsibility for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering City goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.

Examples of Essential Functions

(Illustrative Only) Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assumes management responsibility for major finance functions and activities, including the preparation, processing, and maintenance of a wide variety of accounting records and reports, general and fund accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, business licensing, payroll, utility billing, and cashiering activities.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned functions and programs; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Assists in managing and participates in the development and administration of the Finance annual budget and capital improvement budgets; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary; assists in applying for and administering grants received.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and reviews with the Finance Director; directs the implementation of improvements.
  • Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating the Finance Department's work plan; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
  • Serves as a liaison for the Finance Department with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies; attends meetings, as necessary; provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces, as necessary; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • Negotiates contracts and agreements; coordinates with City department representatives to determine City needs and requirements for contractual services.
  • Represents the Finance Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities.
  • Conducts a variety of departmental organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Participates on and makes presentations to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public finance and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect City or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the Finance Director.
  • Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and supervision of staff.
  • Public agency budgetary, contract administration, administrative practices, and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs; principles and practices of municipal government administration.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Methods and techniques for the development of presentations, contract negotiations, business correspondence, and information distribution; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.
  • Safe work practices.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.
  • Assist in preparing and administering large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of supervisory, professional, and technical personnel.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of public works programs and administrative activities.
  • Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the City and the department in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Qualifications / Requirements

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, accounting, finance, or a related field, and four (4) years of management or administrative experience in Finance administration and/or City government, including two years of management and supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California's driver's license.

Additional Information

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects necessary to perform job functions.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Closing Date/Time: 11/3/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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