Finance Manager I

Monterey County Human Resources
October 7, 2021
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description

SALARY: $6,962 - $9,503 Monthly

OPENING DATE: October 5, 2021

CLOSING DATE: October 16, 2021

Exam #: 21/20B95/10JG

This is a Promotional Only recruitment; open only to current regular Monterey County employees in permanent positions and former employees whose names currently appear on a Recall List. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office seeks candidates for the Finance Manager I classification. Incumbents in this classification function independently with broad authority to carry out financial operations and exercise judgment based on guidelines and policies. Incumbents are accountable for the quality and technical accuracy of the fiscal program, including activities such as financial planning, developing budgets with multiple cost centers, preparing the budgets, managing costs, preparing cost reports, classifying costs, developing and overseeing billing systems, conducting audits, interpreting state and federal regulations for financial reporting, preparing reports, and participating in the business operation of the unit.

Examples of Duties

The ideal candidate will demonstrate integrity; flexibility and adaptability; be able to navigate complex situations with professionalism and poise; be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to diverse audiences; and organize information, resources and people to drive projects of varying scope to completion. This candidate must be highly organized and demonstrate an understanding of the ripple effects of their decisions. The ability to relate well to the public, management and employees at all levels; exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful and effective customer service attitude; and demonstrate good judgment.

Paramount duties include:

  • Plans, develops, and coordinates fiscal management policies, goals, objectives, procedures, standards and programs with the management team; implements and evaluates departmental fiscal management policies and procedures.
  • Plans, implements, organizes, directs and monitors departmental fiscal systems, financial controls and accounting operations including general ledger and cost accounting, budgeting, program billings, contractor payments, financial reporting and internal auditing.
  • Analyzes departmental financial needs and develop systems for controlling expenditures.
  • Communicates and interprets fiscal management goals, objectives, policies, procedures, standards, programs and services to departmental management and support staff.
  • Develops quality standards and continually evaluates departmental accounting, billing, financial reporting and auditing systems to insure compliance with sound accounting principles and local, State and Federal policies and guidelines.
  • Provides training and supervision to professional, technical and clerical staff in the areas of accounting applications, budget administration, application of the law, and other fiscal and administrative support as necessary.
  • Assures that the department's fiscal program meets standards and stands up to State and Federal audits.
  • Prepares responses to disputed State and Federal audits and prepares material for appeals as appropriate.
  • Prepares technical financial reports.
  • Prepares budget for the department or a portion related to the major area of responsibility.
  • Identifies computerized accounting, budgeting, billing, program management and other management information system requirements and works with management team to design and implement the requirements.
  • Designs and participates in quantitative analysis of systems and programs, analyzes cost experience and projected trends and prepares financial reports, rate studies and project plans.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with departmental management and staff, other County departments, outside agencies, vendors and State and Federal program auditors.

To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:
Examples of Experience/Education/Training
In addition, a combination of experience, education and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Working Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of public finance administration, particularly in the areas of accounting operations, budgeting preparation and management; fiscal control auditing, cost accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, financial analysis, internal financial and operations auditing.
  • Principles and practices of reimbursement, grant management, monitoring, and control.
  • The application of data processing to accounting operation including budgeting, billing, fiscal monitoring, and reporting.
  • Accounting and auditing principles and practices used in public finance, including third-party reimbursement principles, policies, and procedures.
  • State and Federal law affecting fiscal operations, reporting and resource management including regulations specific to public finance.
  • Principles and practices of internal auditing and operations auditing.
  • County policies regarding travel and cash handling.
  • Computerized data processing as it relates to accounting operations and management information systems.
  • Principles and methods of supervision and management, including work planning, analysis and organization; selection, training, development and evaluation of employees.
  • Quantitative analysis and statistical reporting.
  • Operating principles and capabilities of personal computers and mainframe computer systems.
  • Word, Excel, Access, and other common computer software applications.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the fiscal and accounting operations of a county department.
  • Properly interpret and make financial decisions in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Develop, implement, and administer automated data gathering, processing, and reporting systems.
  • Analyze financial problems and develop effective policies, procedures, and fiscal controls.
  • Prepare, review, and interpret financial reports, summaries, and data.
  • Read, interpret, and apply laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Develop and evaluate department fiscal goals.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of others.
  • Present financial and technical information before a group.
  • Use a personal computer, telephone, and calculators.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and provide courteous customer service.


Education: Equivalent to completion of a bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Finance or a related field with course work in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration.


Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience performing a wide variety of duties related to fiscal resource management, including at least one year of significant administrative experience in public finance or accounting.

Required conditions of employment:

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Possess a valid class C Driver's License (or) the employees must be able to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.

Additional Information


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "X" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .


Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at: , by 11:59 PM


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours,

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Attn: Jennifer Garcia, Personnel Analyst
1428 Abbott St, Salinas CA 93901
Email: | Phone: 831-759-7378

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all the Supplemental Questions

Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Garcia, Human Resources Analyst (831) 759-7378 or

Closing Date/Time: 10/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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