As a respected state leader in advocacy for young children and their families, First 5 Contra Costa helps young children start school healthy and ready to learn. The agency invests in programs and advocates for policies focused on children during their first five years, the most important time in children’s development. In Contra Costa County, First 5 stands as an independent public agency. As such, First 5 has maintained a practice of nimble program development that has continually evolved as opportunities for change and improvement have emerged. One of the many strengths of our team is the ability to collaborate seamlessly across initiatives with an understanding of our shared responsibility to fully support and advocate for families with young children. In keeping with the nature of the work, First 5 maintains a family-friendly culture that recognizes the challenges of balancing work and family life.
The Finance and Operations Director (FOD) role presents an exciting opportunity to partake in the planning and incremental implementation of the organization’s tactical plan aimed at optimizing and modernizing First 5’s financial, administrative and IT systems within fiscal means. The FOD will work in collaboration with the Executive Director to lead and develop a long-term fiscal sustainability plan for the organization. This role also oversees the management of all First 5 finance related activities, operations, and departments. The new FOD closely partners with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to ensure the smooth operation of the organization, carrying out the Commission’s Strategic Plan, anticipating risk, and solving problems creatively and effectively. This position supervises staff, including managers, department analysts, coordinators, and temporary staff and/or consultants that handle direct functions related to Finance, Grants and Contracts, Procurement, and Operations.
The ideal candidate will be collaborative, tech savvy, and committed to exceptional customer service with a knowledge base in governmental accounting and budgeting; significant experience in audit preparation, budget development; procurement, proposal development and financial reporting. This position requires a minimum of seven years management experience, including direct management of finance and administration staff along with a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance. Possession of a Master’s degree is highly desired. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal a to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura.
This recruitment is open until filled.