Finance Director

$96,096 - $122,654 yearly
  • City of California City
  • California City, CA, USA
  • Jan 10, 2022
Full time Accounting Administration/Management Budget & Strategy Finance Purchasing

Job Description

Open Until Filled.  Submission Deadline for Initial Application Review:  January 31, 2022 at 6:00pm


The City of California City is recruiting for a





 The City of California City California City is located in Kern County, California. It is 100 miles north of the City of Los Angeles and has a population of just over 14,000. Covering 200 square miles, California City has the third Largest land area of any city in the state of California. With around 14,000 residents, California City is far more than a stop along the way. This community offers safe, small-town, high desert living with the resources and amenities of nearby major recreational areas and significant opportunity for growth. California City provides easy access to activities for every outdoor enthusiast from some of the state’s best hiking and camping, and off-roading areas.



 Under the general direction of the City Manager, the City is seeking an experienced, hands-on finance professional with a demonstrated track record of success.  In addition to providing general direction and supervision for a staff of five, the ideal candidate will have a strong background in local government finance, ideally in a full-service city which includes police, fire, and utilities.  The position requires heavy budgetary and financial reporting responsibilities, and the Finance Director serves as a resource and subject matter expert to the City Manager and other members of City Management, as well as to the City Council. 



The following are the duties performed by an employee in this classification. However, this job specification is intended to identify essential functions and requirements of the job and should not be considered all-inclusive. 

  •  Develop and direct implementation of goals, objectives, polices, procedures and work standards applicable to financial management responsibilities.
  • Advises managers and supervisors on a wide range of financial issues and practices including complex organizational matters
  • Directs, trains, supervises and evaluates staff; establishes and monitors performance requirements; provides coaching for performance improvement and development.
  • Directs, supervises and reviews the work of staff responsible for accounting, accounts, payable, payroll, utility billing and other finance functions
  • Oversees completion of, and ensures compliance with, mandated financial reporting and regulatory requirements such as the annual audit, state controller's report, and state and federal tax reports
  • Oversees and directs the preparation and processing of accounting transactions, including preparation of journal entries and reconciliation of general ledger and subsidiary records and accounts
  • Directs and completes a variety of financial reports including monthly and annual financial statements
  • Directs and conducts year-end closing process and reporting; establishes and maintains internal control procedures, and ensures control procedures and accounting standards are met
  • Leads, coordinates and oversees the budget development process; prepares or directs preparation of budget documents, and supporting exhibits and reports; presents the budget to the City Council
  • Monitors the budget throughout the year; identifies, coordinates research, and works with management to resolve budget related issues
  • Ensures that published budget and audit documents are prepared in accordance with industry standards, generally accepted accounting principles and government accounting standards
  • Manages the City’s debt management activities and ensures the City’s cash flow needs are met; establishes and maintains sound internal controls
  • Develops and maintains a Long-Range Financial Plan including financial projections and forecasts; ensures analysis of financial trends and the impacts of various scenarios for planning and decision-making purposes
  • Coordinates with cannabis business community for the collection and documentation of cannabis taxes
  • Attends City Council meetings, and prepares and presents or directs preparation and presentation of, reports on all financial matters
  • Ensures compliance with the City’s purchasing; oversees contracts and agreements and monitors compliance for major capital purchases of goods and services
  • Monitors developments in areas of responsibility including proposed legislation and/or court decisions; assesses potential impact on District practices and operations; and, makes recommendations regarding appropriate policy and procedural changes



 Knowledge of:

  •  Principles, practices and techniques of public administration, public financing, financial management and long-range planning applicable to finance
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting including internal control and audit, financial statement preparation and methods of financial control/reporting
  • Principles and practices of research and analysis, including statistical development and reporting
  • Applicable City, State, and Federal laws and regulations
  • City operations and functions and associated financing, budgeting and purchasing
  • Management principles, practices, and methods related to selection, training, evaluation, performance management, scheduling, and supervision of subordinates
  • Computerized data processing as it relates to accounting procedures and practices
  • Financial management information systems including general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll

 Ability to:

  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Synthesize complex ideas and information into well-organized, clear, concise, and accurate documents such as reports and correspondence
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports
  • Prepare and administer complex budgets
  • Interpret, apply, and explain laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to accounting functions and other assigned areas
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower-level staff
  • Select, supervise, mentor, reward, discipline, counsel, motivate, and train assigned staff
  • Develop and administer goals, objectives, and procedures within assigned areas and city-wide
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Lead and manage assigned staff through change
  • Use strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel, the City Council, other agencies, and the public
  • Administer projects, as part of a team or as project lead
  • Use work-related computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, finance content management systems, and other applicable programs
  • Lead, oversee, and coordinate work activities and ensure staff complete responsibilities timely and accurately
  • Work under pressure of deadlines, conflicting demands, and emergencies.
  • Understand, follow and give written and oral instructions
  • Use independent judgement and make sound decisions
  • Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling and vocabulary



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, finance economics, or a closely related
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in financial operations experience, at least three (3) years of which in a supervisory or management capacity, preferably in a public agency or governmental setting. 


  •  Ability to: Reach, turn, move from one location to another.
  • Frequent: Speak clearly and correctly, sit, hear, handle, climb.
  • Visual acuity (near, less than 20 inches).
  • Perform one or more of the following functions simultaneously:
  • Reach, turn, move from one location to another, handle, read, write, sit,
  • Speak, hear.



  •  Incumbent will primarily work in an office environment.
  • Incumbent may be required to work weekends, special events, on-call, or outside of normal work schedule.
  • Incumbents who drive on City business to carry out job-related duties must possess a valid California driver's license upon hire for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the City.

 Disaster Service Worker - Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100-3109, all public employees are declared disaster service workers subject to disaster service activities as may be assigned to them in the event of fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or man-made disaster.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.  Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.





Please submit a resume, cover letter, and responses to the required supplemental questions to


This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, but applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2022 for initial application review.   The best-qualified candidates will be selected to advance to an interview.  Applications submitted after 5:00pm on January 31, 2022 may not be considered if an applicant is selected for the position following initial interviews. 


 The City participates in the CalPERS retirement plan:  2% @ 62 for PEPRA members and 2.7% at 55 for classic members (employee pays employee portion). The City does not participate in Social Security. The City offers competitive vacation and other annual leaves and a $950 to $1,500 cafeteria benefit payable toward City offered health, dental, and vision insurance plans.




  1. Do you have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible financial operations experience, at least three (3) years of which in a supervisory or management capacity? Answer Yes No



  1. Do you have a current Class C California Driver’s license? Answer Yes or No



  1. Do you possess local government finance experience? If yes, please describe.



  1. Describe how your training, education and experience meet the qualifications for this position. Be specific as to positions held, areas and scope of responsibilities, size of organization, and other relevant factors that demonstrate your qualifications for this position.



  1. Describe your experience with accounting, budgeting, and setting up and monitoring internal controls.



  1. Describe your approach to teamwork and how you would approach being a member of the City’s leadership team.