Finance Manager

Finance Manager
City of West Sacramento Finance Department
 West Sacramento, California
Job Description

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The Finance Manager is an at-will managerial position that reports to the Finance Director. Under general direction, the position acts as the principal administrator in the preparation of the City budget; collaborates with the Finance Director and City Manager to develop budgetary goals, principles and objectives; develops and maintains the City’s long-term financial plans; reviews fiscal operations, practices and internal controls and makes recommendations for improvement; leads in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the City budget and financial planning; manages the City’s fee programs and ensures timely updates and legal compliance; and serves as a subject matter expert in government operations related to budget and fiscal policy development. The Finance Manager is responsible for managing the Revenue/Utility Billing Division through subordinate management staff and the Budget and Development Finance functions with the support of a single Finance Analyst.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced, dynamic, innovative, and motivated financial professional who enjoys challenges and creative solutions. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and a background in varied, complex municipal budgets with significant experience developing and managing budgets at the city or county level; have a solid understanding of public sector budget practices, and local government funding and operations; and be an enthusiastic advocate for long-range planning and financial sustainability with experience developing financial forecasts and projections. The Finance Manager will be a hands-on leader with a collaborative approach to problem solving; possess strong political acumen with the ability to communicate complex and technical information to a variety of audiences clearly and concisely; and a desire to support organizational needs while ensuring the long-term fiscal health of the City. A manager with a track record of providing support and guidance to a group of motivated professionals in a fast-paced environment, who creates a workplace of mutual trust, respect, and a family-type environment is highly desirable.


  • A “roll up one’s sleeves” type of leader who can foster strong, collaborative working relationships with all levels of City staff.
  • The ability to creatively communicate complex financial information to non-financial audiences verbally and in writing, using graphics, and simple, practical terms.
  • An active problem solver who anticipates and responds to issues in a timely manner, develops alternative solutions, and is able to achieve resolutions quickly.
  • A management style that looks for continuous ways to improve processes, utilizing technology to create efficiencies.
  • An active lister, calm under pressure, possessing a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
  • An outstanding manager of people who provides guidance and professional support to staff, offers regular feedback to employees and who’s leadership style is centered around mentoring, coaching, and empowering.


  • Education: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, accounting, public finance, economics or a closely related field.
  • Experience: Five (5) years of professional accounting or budget experience, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience. Public agency, infrastructure and development financing experience preferred.


  • Possession of a valid California driver's license. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation preferred.