Assistant Finance Director

Assistant Finance Director
City of Salinas Finance Department
 Salinas, California
Job Description

JOB TITLE: Assistant Finance Director
AGENCY: City of Salinas
LOCATION: Salinas, CA
FILING DEADLINE: Open until filled
SALARY RANGE: Up to $142,344 Annually

The Position

The Assistant Finance Director manages the various functional areas of the Finance Department, including accounting and financial reporting, annual budgets, purchasing, billing/accounts payable, accounts receivable/revenue collection, payroll, treasury, investments, debt management, and assessment districts. This includes planning, organizing, and directing the day-to-day activities of the department and a variety of advanced and specialized accounting duties within the City’s financial systems such as developing budgets, preparing financial reports, managing investment portfolio, and maintaining various funds. The position provides ongoing assistance to the Director on highly complex work. Acts as Director of Finance in their absence.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will be an honest, collaborative, and confident leader with excellent supervisory skills; a strong communicator able to write reports with clarity and verbally articulate fiscal concepts to all levels of audiences, including presentations in front of City Council. The Assistant Finance Director must be strong technically with excellent analytical skills as well as possess solid supervisory and personnel management skills with the ability to be a mentor; willing and able to develop and counsel staff. The incumbent will be a responsible steward for the community, City staff, and leadership, and align decisions in support of the Salinas Plan. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in implementing efficiencies, allowing the Department to assist the organization in achieving its financial goals.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise and a solid track record in municipal finance and budget management, agency administration, and the ability to maintain collaborative relationships with City Council, staff, and the community. Excellent interpersonal abilities are necessary to build and maintain solid relationships with elected officials, regional business partners, union representatives, staff, and the community through open and respectful dialogue. It is important to engage and embrace the cultural diversity of the City.

Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • A strong leader who shares the vision of the council and community, and can advocate, articulate, and implement that vision. A manager who is able to blend innovation and creativity, someone who can think outside the box.
  • A professional with a commitment to uphold the values of Salinas, including valuing positive employee working relations and respecting the ideas and suggestions of others.
  • A friendly approachable leader who can ensure quality customer service.
  • Diplomatic, being known as a people person with an engaging style that is comfortable interacting with a wide spectrum of individuals and one who welcomes dialogue and discussion.
  • A decisive, seasoned leader with the highest integrity, character, and ethics.
  • Honest, with the ability to maintain and build trust and actively listen.
  • Technologically astute, who recognizes the value of harnessing and integrating the benefits of cutting-edge technology for city government and for residents.
  • A proven understanding of budget/structural deficits and the willingness and the ability to bring teams together to find solutions to challenging issues.
  • A manager with a track record of inclusiveness, positive communication, and building a high performing team-oriented staff.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Finance Department provides coordination and direction of all fiscal operations of the City. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Directing, monitoring, and controlling all assets and financial operations of the City.
  • Providing a framework for financial planning and analysis to support the operation and management of all City Departments.
  • Financial administration of the Successor Agency to the former Salinas Redevelopment Agency, Assessment Districts, Enterprise Operations, Internal Services and Trust Funds, and the City’s General Fund.
  • A staff of approximately 25 I.T. and Finance professionals.
  • Departmental responsibilities include long-range financial planning, budget management, accounts receivable and payable, payroll, retirement administration, general accounting and reporting, debt administration, purchasing, revenue and licensing, information technology and assessment district administration.

THE COMMUNITY

The City of Salinas is the 34th largest city in the state with a population of approximately 155,205. Salinas is located in beautiful Monterey County and is the County seat. Just 40 minutes south of the heart of the nation’ high-tech industry, Silicon Valley, the City has the largest population in California’s Central Coast, is a multicultural and diverse community and a key asset in today’s global economy.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:
https://koffassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Salinas-AFD-8-12-22.pdf.

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: https://koffassociates.com/assistant-finance-director/.

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of past organization(s).

For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas at (510) 495-0448
Email: frojas@koffassociates.com
Website: https://koffassociates.com/

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