THE AGENCY Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 240,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon. Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.
For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at http://www.zone7water.com.
THE POSITION Under general direction, to develop, interpret, and implement financial concepts for financial planning, and preparation of the annual budget; to plan, organize, and conduct financial studies and analysis; to recommends and assist with the implementation of policy, procedure and system modifications; perform relate analysis, to assist by providing financial support within the Administration Services Division, Zone 7, and perform other duties as required.
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THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas: Knowledge of and experience with financial analysis in a water agency or public agency, including: developing rates and charges, developing and administering operational and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budgets, cash management and cash flow analysis, financial reporting and modeling and performing complex and technical analyses on debt issuances and refinances. Understands and applies Agency, County and other governmental rules and regulations affecting Agency financial systems functions. Maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Uses resources to identify problems, solve them, act decisively, and shows good judgment in decision making. Takes ownership of work done and results accomplished. Adept at working with multiple software systems and proficient with MS Excel, 10-key and web-based resources. Effectively presents and receives information and concepts, in both written and oral formats.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, or a field related to the work. (Additional professional or paraprofessional administrative services experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)
Experience: Equivalent to three years professional level experience in independently providing complex budgetary, financial analysis, or information systems services, including planning, organizing, and conducting high level administrative organizational or related studies. Utility financial management is desired.
License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:
Knowledge of: Finance policies, practices, and systems. Practices and techniques of administrative and statistical analysis and reports preparation. Principles of budgetary and financial management, report preparation, analysis, forecasting, and control. Principles of public administration inducing general general knowledge of the water industry and utility rate making. Budgetary, financial cost/expense monitoring, and cash analysis. Financial modeling and forecasting techniques. Methods and techniques of procurement and contract administration. Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment. Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. Principles of legislative analysis and interpretation. Legal system, court system, and litigation system, including discovery, court hearings, settlement negotiations, and legal strategies.
Ability to: Plan, design, and conduct operational, management and related studies and analyses, examine alternatives, and recommend solutions. Research, compile and summarize varied information, evaluate alternatives, reach sound conclusion and recommend solutions. Perform budgetary, financial cost/expense analyses. Financially model and forecast budget, cash flow, and debt service scenarios. Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondences, procedures, policies and other written materials. Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines. Exercise sound independent judgement within establish policies and guidelines. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, technical written materials, and Agency policies and procedures. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
EXAMINATION COMPONENTS The examination will consist of the following steps: A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.
Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.
To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.