ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as “HARD” is an independent special district created in 1944 by public vote to provide park and recreation services. The District encompasses over 100 square-miles, and serves 290,000 residents in the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Lorenzo.
HARD is the largest recreation district in California with over 600 employees and 140 parks and facilities. The District provides residents with two golf courses and many beautiful facilities and parks that have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs.
Operating under the Board/Manager form of government, the five Board Members are directly elected for alternating four-year terms. The General Manager is appointed by the Board and is responsible for carrying out the Board’s policy directions. In November 2016 voters overwhelming passed Measure F1 to issue $250 million in bonds for park improvements.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
This new position will lead the Finance Division within the Administrative Services Department, which also includes Human Resources and Information Technology. The Finance Manager will work with the Administrative Services Director to shape the organizational structure of the new Division. The District manages a $35 million operating budget.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The new Finance Manager will have an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the District. Reporting to the Administrative Services Director, the Finance Manager is responsible for the daily activities and administration of the Division and oversees the following functions: budget, accounting, payroll, treasury, and purchasing, and will work with the Capital Projects and Development Director to provide financial management support for Bond Measure F1 oversight. The Manager receives general direction and exercises direct supervision over technical and administrative support personnel. The Finance Manager provides highly responsible and complex administrative assistance to the General Manager and Administrative Services Director. This is an at-will position exempt from Civil Service.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate is a strong manager with outstanding technical skills in public sector finance. He/she will be an effective leader in both the administration and formation of the Finance Division and will possess a proven track record of performing advanced governmental accounting work, supervising accounting staff, developing and implementing financial planning and budgeting procedures, and evaluating, developing, and implementing accounting systems and procedures. The successful candidate will be a team leader and team builder who demonstrates a commitment to continued learning and growth.
The position will lead a team that is focused on delivering exception customer service. Additionally, the ideal candidate communicates effectively with elected/appointed officials, community groups, advocacy groups and various boards, commissions and committees.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Experience: Six years of professional and responsible experience in government accounting and financial management, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity.
Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration, accounting, finance or a closely related field. A Master's degree and/or CPA are highly desired.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license by date of appointment.