Financial Services Manager

Financial Services Manager
City of Pacifica Finance Department
 Pacifica, California
Job Description

540 Crespi Drive Pacifica, 94044
Innovative Leader and Committed Public Servant

The City of Pacifica want to lead our industry in innovation, employee development, and providing exceptional customer service. The successful candidate will be a committed public servant and dedicated leader capable of developing hihg-functioning teams that enjoy working together and solving problems.

The City of Pacifica seeks a Financial Services Manager to join our team under administrative direction of the Chief Financial Sustainability Officer in the Finance Department to provide leadership and independently participate in planning, directing, organizing, and coordinating the Finance Department’s operation, manages the finance team including all Accounting operations and Payroll and provides highly responsible technical and professional staff support.

We are the city of Pacifica a “beautiful coastal community” with a goal to foster a healthy, well designed, diverse and thriving environment, while preserving the heritage of a multi-cultural community. The position is expected to independently perform a wide range of financial operations including treasury disbursements, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fiscal year-end and audit, makes recommendations on the City’s investment policies, short and long range and expenditure projections; and performs related duties as required.

This is a management classification and is distinguished from the Accounting series as it has the primary responsibility of this classification to manage a variety of functions and staff relating to accounting and financial planning and management, investment policies, debt management and supervising personnel, technical and clerical personnel.

The Position

The Financial Services Manager position is a full-time classification appointed by Chief Financial Sustainability Officer. The Financial Services Manager is an exempt classification and falls under the Unrepresented Management Unit who will provide a wide variety of assistance in support of the Finance Department. The ideal candidate will have a knowledge and skills to exercise:

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Basic Principles of Accounting as applied to Governmental Accounting Standards (GASB)

  • Budget preparation and administration
  • Grant and fund accounting
  • Auditing, financial reporting and analysis

· Basic billing, and collection procedures

· Investment and cash flow management

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Modern office practices, methods, and equipment, including a computer and applicable software
  • Record keeping and report preparation and effective writing

· Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation

Specific upcoming projects include implementation of a new financial software, redesigning the City’s annual budget process and document, developing the cost allocation plan and conducting the user fee and development impact fee study, audit and implementation of the purchasing policy and other strategic initiatives and goals. This position supervises, sets and evaluates performance standards, and provides work direction for Division staff and makes necessary staffing recommendations; including professional growth and development goals; submits hiring and other personnel action recommendations for Division staff. Responsible for drafting staff agenda reports and may make presentations to City Council, Commissions, and other groups of a financial nature relating to the City’s budget and financial forecast. May negotiate agreements for the Division with other public and private companies. May be assigned to supervise ancillary functions as needed



  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Accounting, Business or Public Administration, and an emphasis in Accounting or Finance. Certified Public Accountant is highly desirable.
  • Five years of progressively responsible work experience at a professional accounting level, including supervisory responsibilities in accounting or finance administration, preferably in a public agency or government accounting firm.


  • Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record at the time of appointment to the position.

Knowledge of:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of municipal and governmental budgeting, accounting, auditing, treasury management, and revenue and business license administration.
  • Knowledge of local government investment policy, investment strategies, interest bearing instruments, and cash flow forecasting.
  • Knowledge of laws affecting municipal finance administration.

Skill in:

  • Skill in planning, organizing and directing work of the Finance Division.
  • Skill in supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Skill in communicating effectively in English both orally and in writing, making presentations, and preparing written reports.
  • Skills in interacting effectively with City staff, elected officials, and representatives of various public and private agencies.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
  • Skill in understanding interpreting and applying complex guidelines.

Ability to:

  • Analyze fiscal problems and make sound policy and procedural recommendations.
  • Prepare complex technical and analytical reports.
  • Effectively utilize computer applications and technology related to the work.

Physical Demands:

  • Work generally involves a high degree of concentration, especially in the consideration of technical and personnel problems and the origination of programs to increase departmental efficiency and improvement of services.
  • Light to moderate physical work in the handling of supplies, files, and computer equipment.
  • Working Conditions: Essentially all work hours are spent in an office. Ability to sit, talk and hear; use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms. Ability to lift, and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities require close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Financial Services Manager: $10,323 - $12,735 per month.
  • A 2.0% raise is scheduled for first full pay period in July 2022.
  • This is a full-time, exempt, at-will, 40 hours per week position working Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and Fridays 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM.


This position is included in the Unrepresented Management and Confidential Employee Group.

Health benefits are offered through the CalPERS Health Program. The City will contribute toward the cost of health benefits to cover a majority of the premium, based on coverage level.

The City offers vision through VSP; dental through Delta Dental, typically covering 100% paid premiums of dental expenses and $2,000 lifetime orthodontic maximum for employee and dependents.

City provides paid long-term disability and life insurance coverage through Voya Financial, and an Employee Assistance Program through MHN.

Retirement benefits are provided through CalPERS: 2.5%@55 for “Classic” members, 2%@62 for “New” members.

Voluntary participation in a Deferred Compensation 457K plan is available in addition to flexible spending accounts for health reimbursement and childcare/eldercare reimbursement.


  • Vacation: 15 days annually
  • Sick: 12 days accrued annually
  • Holidays: 11 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays
  • Administrative Leave: 60 hours per fiscal year (no cash value)


  • Interested candidates must submit a completed on-line employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained on-line at
  • Applications must be received by Monday, January 31, 2022 by 5:00 PM.


Applications will be screened and those meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited for the oral panel interview examination. Candidates must receive a score of 70% or higher on the oral interview exam to be placed on the initial eligibility list.

A limited number of candidates from the eligibility list will be invited for an interview with the Chief Financial Sustainability Officer. Depending upon the number of candidates, this process may be altered. The Chief Financial Sustainability Officer will make the final recommendation for appointment.

After a mutual interest has been established, the final candidate must pass a fingerprint check, credit background submitted to the Department of Justice and a thorough background investigation.

Eligibility lists are generally valid for one year upon establishment.

The City of Pacifica is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change