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Organization: City of Laguna Beach
Date Posted: 11/27/2018
City: Laguna Beach
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Admin/Budget/Financial
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 5-10 years

Description & Details


   $9,007.00 - $13,869.00 Monthly    $108,084.00 - $166,428.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/16/18

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

DESCRIPTION: The City of Laguna Beach is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the position of Finance Officer in the Administrative Services Department. Under administrative direction of the Director of Administrative Services, the Finance Officer supervises and assists in budgeting, accounting, purchasing and inventory activities, and serves as the manager of the Finance Division of the Administrative Services Department. This position oversees business licensing, payroll, accounts payable, budget, audit, and bank reconciliation. Note: Title change to Finance Manager expected to take effect in 2019.

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Prior extensive government accounting experience in a municipality or closely related government agency
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • A collaborative and team-oriented approach to management and accounting functions
  • The ability to be a working manager
  • The ability to function independently and manage ones own work schedule, while juggling multiple critical responsibilities efficiently

To Be Considered:
This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications will be Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm. A complete City online application must be submitted by the close of the this first deadline in order to be considered for the first round of review. Please ensure you upload the following documents to your application: (1) resume or CV, (2) cover letter, and (5) five professional or supervisory references.

The selection process will include a structured panel interview, and may include other testing components designed to predict a candidate's success in this position.  Those recommended for further evaluation will undergo a department interview with City executive staff.

Selected candidates must successfully pass a police background check with the Laguna Beach Police Department, a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-placement physical and drug test.

About Laguna Beach
The City of Laguna Beach is a small town of picturesque beaches, hiking trails, a walkable downtown, and summer art festivals. Located in southwest Orange County, Laguna Beach occupies 8.84 square miles, has a population of 23,000 and welcomes six million visitors each year.

The City provides a full range of services, including recreational activities, cultural arts events, public works maintenance of streets and parks, transit operations, community development, administrative services, and police, fire, and marine safety protection.


  • Implements and administers fiscal management programs, including budget development and monitoring, forecasting, collection of revenues, oversees internal and external audits
  • Working closely with the City Manager prepares the City's annual budget 
  • In collaboration with City departments performs complex research and analysis activities
  • Works with the Director to provide leadership, program development, and coordination of fiscal operations and services



Education:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, public or business administration is required.  An advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or CPA is highly desirable.
Experience:  A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the area of municipal accounting or a closely related field.  A minimum of two years of experience in a supervisory capacity is preferred.

License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.


Required Knowledge & Abilities:

Knowledge: accounting and financial reporting software systems; principles, practices and terminology of municipal finance and municipal government accounting; principles of municipal budget preparation, administration and control; principles and practices of supervision, employee training and performance evaluation; applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes and regulations; principles and practices of automated data processing of accounting systems and information, especially management, and interpretation of input and output documents; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment; and Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, and Excel,. 

Abilities:  Use independent judgment in exercising responsibilities; organize, manage and implement comprehensive municipal accounting programs and services; analyze, evaluate, verify, and reconcile complex financial data and associated documents to draw sound conclusions and make recommendations; operate  accounting software to maintain accounting records and generate reports; perform accurate mathematical and statistical calculations; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement solutions in support of goals; prepare and maintain comprehensive records and prepare clear, concise and complete technical reports, recommendations and correspondence; analyze trends and problems and develop long-range forecasts; analyze, evaluate, and modify operating methods and procedures; interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations; prepare and administer City Operating Budget and a Division budget; prepare Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports; maintain the City's General Ledger; assist in the administration of the City's payroll process; maintain the Fixed Asset and Property Control System; exercise sound independent judgment within established procedure guidelines; supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; appear for work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; accept constructive criticism; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work. 

How to Apply / Contact

The job posting and link to apply can be found on our website here: Finance Officer Job Posting.