Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of San Mateo Finance Department
Location of position: 
San Mateo, CA
$17,548 - $19,346 Monthly
Date Posted: 
Monday, October 8, 2018
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018
Job Description: 

Why Join our City? The City of San Mateo is a dynamic community of over 100,000 residents that boasts a very high quality of life marked by its great schools, dining, libraries, parks and entertainment. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to lead the City’s Finance Department. The City is embarking on its largest capital investments in public infrastructure in decades, and we offer a unique opportunity for you to participate in this challenging and unprecedented undertaking.

What You'll Do The Finance Director provides guidance, oversight, and coordination of all departmental aspects and functions, and participates in meetings with the City Council, boards, committees, residents, and labor groups regarding financial and administrative matters of the City. Responsibilities also include direct and indirect supervision of management, professional, technical and clerical staff. As a department head, the Finance Director is a key member of the City’s executive leadership team, and will help to define the City’s vision and strategy.

The City of San Mateo encourages staff and resident engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community. The Finance Department’s role is to maintain a strong and secure financial position so the City can achieve its mission. The Finance Department, with 18.00 FTE’s and a budget of $3.6M, provides the following services:

• Accounting and Financial Reporting • Budget • Treasury and Revenue Management • Purchasing and Accounts Payable • Payroll • Debt Service

In addition to the day-to-day operational responsibilities, the Finance Department is currently involved in a number of special initiatives, including the financing of the upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the formation of the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department, which is a Joint Powers Authority that will provide fire protection and prevention services for the cities of San Mateo, Foster City and Belmont. The City of San Mateo’s Finance Department will provide comprehensive financial administration services for the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department.

What You Need • At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting and financial work, including considerable administrative and supervisory experience. • The equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration or a related field. An advanced degree is highly desirable. • Possession, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver license. • Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Application Deadline: Recruitment will close by October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, résumés (required),and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Interview Process All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview, tentatively scheduled for November 15, 2018.

The process may include an Oral Panel interview and department interview. An employment list will be established from those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months, with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months. Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.