Finance Director Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Finance Director

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 



Executive Level


$12,004.00 - $14,590.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


05/28/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Finance Director (Download PDF reader)

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references to: or click here to apply. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size and budgets of past organization(s). 

Resumes will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this brochure (Download PDF reader). Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be given preliminary interviews by the consultant. Koff & Associates will report the results to the City. The City will then select candidates to participate in City interviews on June 17. Extensive reference and background checks will be completed on the selected candidate

Summary of Duties: To plan, organize, direct, and review the activities of the Finance Department; provide coordination and direction of all fiscal operations of the City including directing, monitoring, and controlling the assets and financial operations of the City; provide a framework for financial planning and analysis to support the operation and management of all City departments; oversee the resources and activities of the City-wide Information Technology (IT) function; and to provide professional and technical staff assistance.

Supervision Received and Exercised: Receives administrative direction from the City Manager. Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Essential Job Functions
  1. Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; prepares and administers the department’s budget
  2. Plans, organizes, and directs the financial activities of the City including accounting, treasury management, revenue and licensing, information systems, purchasing, and central services
  3. Assists in the preparation, implementation, and control of the City’s annual operating and capital improvement budgets
  4. Coordinates, reviews, evaluates, and recommends improvements to the City’s administrative and financial internal control systems and procedures
  5. Ensures audit compliance
  6. Estimates revenue and fund balances and ensures expenditures coincide with fund availability
  7. Administers deferred compensation programs and retirement plans
  8. Administers the bonded indebtedness of the City
  9. Prepares and presents financial and administrative reports to the City Council
  10. Provides financial information and assistance to City departments
  11. Prepares financial reports and analyses requested by the City Manager and City Council
  12. Develops and makes recommendations with respect to appropriation transfers, financing plans, and other financial activities
  13. Serves as City Treasurer and acts as fiscal officer for non-City agencies
  14. Oversees the City’s (IT) resources and function, including the purchase and implementation of new computer hardware and software, the management of all computer servers, and ensuring the security of the City’s IT system; oversees and manages technical services to keep the City’s IT system technologically up-to-date and operating efficiently and reliably
  15. Selects, supervises, trains, and motivates assigned professional, technical, and administrative staff; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns
  16. Supervises the development, administration, and enforcement of departmental responsibilities in such matters as equal employment, safety, and emergency preparedness
  17. Maintains departmental awareness of state-of-the-art developments in management and the fields of specialty
  18. Prepares written and oral reports to staff, Commissions, and City Council 
  19. Represents the City before the City Council, community, outside agencies, and at professional meetings as required
  20. Promotes and maintains safety in the workplace
  21. Performs related duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and methods of public finance administration, particularly in the areas of accounting, budgeting, auditing, and investing
  • Office practices, procedures, methods, and equipment
  • Laws regulating the financial administration of City government including the powers and responsibilities of a City Treasurer
  • Principles and practices of purchasing and stores
  • Basic terminology, methods, techniques and practices of the operation and maintenance of computer servers, network systems, and personal computer hardware and software Budget preparation, program analyses, and revenue forecasting
  • Statistics, research, and reporting methods
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, and personnel management

 Ability to: 

  • Plan, organize, direct, and review the activities of a City department in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale
  • Develop and implement sound accounting and, information technology processes and procedures  
  • Oversee the planning, development, and implementation of a City-wide financial and information technology plan
  • Prepare complex financial reports and analyses
  • Analyze and solve complex fiscal problems  
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate the work of staff
  • Provide for the training and professional development of staff
  • Promote the mission, values, and standards of an effective public organization, particularly in the area of customer service

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business, Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or related field.

 Experience: Eight years of experience in professional accounting, including four years of administrative and management responsibility, including professional and technical staff supervision.   

 Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver’s License


Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines and related equipment; vision sufficient to read printed materials, visual display terminals; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in a normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, physical strength to lift up to 20 lbs.; physical stamina sufficient to sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make valid judgments and decisions.

Business office working environment subject to sitting at a desk, bending, crouching, or kneeling at files, pushing/pulling of file drawers and supplies, reaching in all directions and prolonged periods of time working at a computer terminal.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

For additional information, please contact: Frank Rojas, Recruitment Manager. Telephone: (510) 495-0448, email:, website: 


200 Lincoln Aveue

Salinas, CA 93901