Director of Finance

Director of Finance
Sacramento County
 Sacramento, California
Job Description

“There is an additional 3.35% Management Differential in addition to the posted salary”

Please click on the below link to learn more about the position and to review the full recruitment brochure:

Although the Director of Finance is not a Civil Service position, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications in accordance with California Government Code 26980(c). Persons appointed to this position must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a valid certificate issued by the California Board of Accountancy under Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 5000) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code showing the person to be, and a permit authorizing the person to practice as, a certified public accountant or as a public accountant


  • Possess a baccalaureate degree, masters, or doctoral degree from an accredited university, college, or other four-year institution, with a major in accounting or its equivalent, as described in subdivision (a) of Section 5081.1 of the Business and Professions Code, as that section read on December 31, 2009, and has served within the last five years in a senior fiscal management position in a county, city, or other public agency, a private firm, or a nonprofit organization, dealing with similar fiscal responsibilities, for a continuous period of not less than three years


  • Possess a certificate issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors showing the person to be a designated professional internal auditor, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance


  • Served as county auditor, chief deputy county auditor, or chief assistant county auditor for a continuous period of not less than three years

In addition to meeting the Minimum Qualifications, highly qualified candidates will:

  • Possess CPA, CIA, CFE, CPFO certification and/or a Master’s degree
  • Have considerable executive-level administrative or management experience in planning, organizing and directing diversified and large-scale financial activities
  • Be a strategic visionary that can successfully manage the implementation of a new $40 million property tax system
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and build cohesive teams among a diverse group of employees
  • Work well with elected officials, governing boards, officials from all levels of government, public and private agency leaders, business owners, advocacy groups, the general public, and the media
  • Be an expert in principles and practices of government accounting, auditing, budgeting and fiscal reporting
  • Exhibit a professional presence, excellent business acumen and possess excellent communication, analytical and
    organizational skills

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.


Criminal History and Background Checks: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License, or comply with state and federal requirements for utilization, may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.