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City of Oxnard
 Oxnard, California
Job Description

JOB TITLE: Controller
AGENCY: City of Oxnard
FILING DEADLINE: Monday, December 27, 2021
SALARY RANGE: $86,715.62 - $150,039.76 Annually

The Position

Reporting to the Assistant Chief Financial Officer (Asst. CFO), the Controller directs, coordinates, and supervises the activities and operations of a wide variety of functions, including general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and grant accounting; coordinates assigned activities with other functions, City departments/divisions, outside agencies or organizations; provides professional and technical support to the Chief Financial Officer, two Asst. CFOs, and the Senior Manager of Internal Controls; assists with the budget process; is responsible for preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and various compliance reports; and performs related duties as required.

The Controller is the management-level class responsible for administering the overall daily accounting operations to ensure that financial records are secure, and the information systems are reliable. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Management Accountant/Auditor by the breadth of activities assigned and the complexity of assignments, including the supervision of four direct and eleven indirect professional, technical, and clerical positions.

The Ideal Candidate

The new Controller will be an inspiring leader and mentor, have high energy, and be a collaborative problem solver who is able to build a team-oriented working environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to work well with staff and executive management. The successful candidate will be part of a management team that offers support and has a willingness to coach and develop a solid and hardworking accounting staff, but also a willingness to roll up their sleeves and work side by side with staff. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and accounting technical skills, past experience managing and motivating employees, and a background in ERP implementation. This position will require flexibility, patience, and a willingness to exchange and encourage new ideas while building a culture of continuous improvement and high performance, and the ability to build consensus while helping to move the City in an exciting new and prosperous direction. A CPA and work experience with a Big ‘4’ accounting firm are ideal.

Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • Provide leadership and inspire support in the City’s efforts to encourage the City’s established competencies, including collaboration, creativity, and innovation, business acumen, the ability to drive results, strong customer and public service orientation and effective communication.
  • Effective in delegating duties that enhance employee growth and achieve departmental goals. Can develop, train, and motivate an effective and high performing team and foster positive morale through positive leadership.
  • A patient leader who can exemplify the highest ethical standards and is willing to make difficult decisions based on what is right, and not just the status quo.
  • Leads by example – embraces the values of collaboration, staff contribution, teamwork, and excellent customer service. An approachable leader who is willing to listen and able to build trust.
  • Understands the need for an appropriate balance between internal controls and organizational efficiencies, and who offers innovative solutions to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles and excess waste.
  • Engage and consult with departments to help them meet their goals; able to identify areas of weakness and affect change and process improvements that help move the organization to the next level.
  • Proactive in bringing about positive departmental contributions. Anticipate change and put the necessary policies, procedures, and processes in place to mitigate potential challenges.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.
For additional information, please contact:
Frank Rojas
Phone: (510) 495-0448

The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.

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