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Finance Director

Organization: City of San Gabriel
Date Posted: 3/15/2019
City: San Gabriel
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: CFO/Finance Director
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 5-10 years

Description & Details


The Community

San Gabriel, 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is the birthplace of the region, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1771. Visitors to the historic Mission District enjoy outstanding entertainment, vibrant food culture, and the charm of early California. San Gabriel is a place of unique homes and diverse neighborhoods offering substantial commercial land, solid connections to regional transportation, and outstanding public education.  San Gabriel is a great place to live, work and visit.


The Organization

San Gabriel operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The Council is elected at large to four-year overlapping terms, with the Mayor appointed by majority vote of the City Council.  Mark Lazzaretto, appointed by the City Council, is the current City Manager.  The City’s general fund budget for FY 2018-19 is $38 million, funding approximately 175 full-time employees. 


The Department

The Finance Department is responsible for the City’s overall financial operations as well as fiscal accountability and adequate control over the use of City funds. Our goal is to provide City stakeholders with accurate and timely financial information, extraordinary customer service, and dependable information technology resources in the most efficient and effective manner.  The Finance Department has 11 employees and a total budget of $2.3 million.


The Position

The City of San Gabriel is seeking a visionary and experienced leader to serve as the Finance Director.  As a key member of the City’s executive team, the Finance Director plays a lead role in all financial activities of the City and will help in advancing Council initiatives and priorities that serve to enhance the San Gabriel community. 


The ideal candidate must be a self-motivated individual with the ability to work in a fast paced environment.  He or she will be collaborative, inclusive, tech savvy, committed to exceptional customer service, and able to motivate and maximize the skills of an experienced, capable staff.  We are looking for a Finance Director who can hit the ground running, with knowledge and experience in municipal budgets, audit preparation, debt management, financial forecasting, capital improvement finance, business licenses, internal and proprietary funds and their management, investment of public funds, all relevant federal and state laws, union contracts, retirement and benefits costs, and revenue sources including sales taxes, levies, grants, fees, and utility rates.


The successful candidate must be able to take all individual aspects of the finance function and expertly coordinate them as part of the City’s comprehensive finance strategy, consistently delivering timely, accurate information to the City Council, City Manager, and the public.  Most importantly, the successful candidate must be able to communicate complex budget and finance concepts in a manner that is easily understood by anyone, regardless of the listener’s experience or level of sophistication. 



A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, public administration or a closely related field; a master’s degree is desirable, and seven years of increasingly responsible experience in public finance, with at least three years in a supervisory or lead capacity. 



The current monthly base salary range for the Finance Director is $11,994-$14,578 The City also offers an outstanding benefit package including:


  • Participation in the CalPERS Retirement System: 2% @ 60 for “classic” CalPERS members and 2% @ 62 for new CalPERS members; participating San Gabriel employees will remain in their existing tier.


  • City contribution (up to $1,568 per month) towards medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums: a choice of multiple PPO and HMO medical plans (the City contracts with CalPERS for health insurance), two dental plans, and vision plan.


  • Other Benefits:
    • City vehicle or vehicle allowance of $225/biweekly

    • City-paid long term disability and life insurance (2x annual salary)

    • City-paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Travel Assistance Program for employee and eligible household members

    • Payment of lifetime health insurance for qualified retiree (and family) per established vesting schedule

    • Payment of membership fees in relevant professional organizations

    • Optional enrollment in Deferred Compensation (457) Programs

    • Optional enrollment in Supplemental Insurance Programs


  • Leaves:
    • 60 hours of administrative leave per year

    • 96 hours of sick leave per calendar year

    • 80 hours of vacation per year

    • 104 hours of holidays per year


  • Annual Cash Outs:
    • Sick Leave Buy Back Program allows the option to cash out up to 50% of unused sick leave accrued in the established 12-month period.

    • Vacation Buy Back Program allows the option to cash out up to 40 hours of unused vacation per year.

    • Holiday Buy Back Program allows the option to cash out up to 8 hours of unused holiday per year.



How to Apply / Contact



We Welcome Your Application


Candidates must submit a completed City of San Gabriel application, résumé, and cover letter directed to City Manager Mark Lazzaretto, online at All application materials must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019.  Faxed, emailed, or hard copies of application materials are not accepted.  Any inquiries should be made directly to the Human Resources Department.