Director of Finance

Director of Finance
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
 Boulder Creek, California
Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Director of Finance to join our team. Are you a business leader? Do you appreciate fresh air, redwood trees, and abundant natural beauty? The ideal candidate has financial management experience in public accounting and government.

In the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains, the San Lorenzo Valley boasts a strong sense of resilience and community. The Valley features unique habitats and is home to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The San Lorenzo Valley Water District receives all of its water from resources within the Valley, from stream diversion and groundwater reserves that provide drinking water for our customers as well as critical habitat for plants and animals to thrive within our watershed.

If working among the redwoods and helping to ensure safe and reliable water is delivered to over 35,000 people sounds appealing, we want to hear from you!

Salary Range: $10,829 - $14,512

Important: To be considered as an applicant you must submit all the required documents. Please read the details of the position and how to apply below.

The full job description can be found on our website:


The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is located in the coastal redwoods approximately 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, CA. If you live in the nearby towns of Felton or Scotts Valley, you are a relaxing 15-minute drive to work or the beach. The SLV Water District is a Local Water Utility established in 1941 and serves communities in the San Lorenzo Valley, including Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Lompico, Zayante, Scotts Valley, Manana Woods and Felton.

With a network of distribution lines, pump stations and reservoirs spanning over 190 miles, SLVWD delivers reliable, safe and high-quality water at an equitable price to more than 7,900 connections approximately 35,000 customers. The District is committed to providing outstanding customer service, managing and protecting the environmental health of the aquifers and watersheds, and ensuring the fiscal vitality of the district.


This is a full-time, on-site role for a Director of Finance located in Boulder Creek, CA. The Director of Finance supervises, oversees and manages the activities and operations of the Finance Department including financial reporting, general accounting, purchasing, warehousing and inventory control; budget preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, debt administration, revenue management, administration of invested funds and performs other related duties as required.

QULAIFICATIONS – Demonstrated Knowledge and Performance in the Following Areas:

  • Principles and practices of financial analysis.
  • Principles and practices of public agency finance, including general and governmental accounting, auditing, and reporting functions.
  • Fundamentals of investment management, monitoring of assets, and required reporting.
  • Cash flow management and financial projections for planning and decision-making.
  • Advanced accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Advanced principles and practices of public agency budget development and administration and sound financial management policies and procedures;
  • Principles and practices of effective management and supervision including planning, organizing, reviewing work, and training and evaluating staff.
  • Computer applications related to accounting, budgeting, and fiscal management.
  • Principles, practices, and trends of public and business administration.
  • Applicable Federal, State, local, and district laws rules, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to the assigned area of responsibility
  • Strong communication, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Experience in the water utility industry is a plus
  • Knowledge of California water utility regulations and laws is a plus


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting, or auditing preferably in governmental/ municipal agency


This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, CalPERS Pension, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and more.


Please submit a completed package consisting of the following:

  • District Employment Application (see website)
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Supplemental Questions (see below)

You can find the complete package of documents at the following link:

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CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

Supplemental Questions: Director of Finance

Supplemental Questions are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Responses to the questions serve as documentation of each candidates’ ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Responses must be typed and cannot exceed two (2) single sided electronic 8.5 X 11 inch pages.


  1. For each relevant position held, briefly provide specific information that clearly describes:
    a. Your functional areas of responsibility;
    b. The size and type of each organization;
    c. Your position within each organization and the title of the position to which you reported;
    d. The number and level of staff you directly managed.
  2. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
  3. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in customer service.
  4. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in ERP systems and internal controls.

See our website for the full job description, requirements and Employment Application: