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Deputy Finance Director

Organization: City of South San Francisco
Date Posted: 11/22/2019
City: South San Francisco
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Admin/Budget/Financial
Salary: $158,600.00 yearly
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

The Finance Department provides critical financial services citywide, setting the fiscal accountability and policy controls over the use of City funds. It leads the fiscal accountability efforts and ensures the responsible and legal use of City funds through thoughtful appropriations and implementation and management of policies and procedures. It is responsible for numerous vital City services, including maintaining the City’s accounting system, managing payroll and purchasing procedures, issuing business licenses, managing parking districts, and collecting occupancy taxes and other City fees. Other services include financial planning and analysis, risk mitigation and strategic consulting.


The City’s total adopted appropriated budget for FY2019-20, excluding transfers between funds, totals $167 million. With a staff of 14.5 FTEs, the Finance Department is a strategic business partner to every other City department, and central to City operations. 


The Department is looking for an experienced Deputy Finance Director whose duties may include:

  • Leading the biennial budget development process, including supervising and mentoring the financial analysts who support effort;
  • Participating in the annual audit process, ensuring timely issuance of the CAFR;
  • Spearheading the review of the City’s internal controls, ensuring adherence with best practices; and
  • Assisting on special projects as directed by the Director of Finance, such as an enterprise resources planning system implementation or bond issuance.


The City of South San Francisco seeks a dynamic, self-motivated and well-qualified Deputy Finance Director to support the Director of Finance with planning, organizing, directing and coordinating a comprehensive program of activities designed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the City’s financial programs and operations

The ideal candidate will possess a firm foundation in municipal finance and must be action and achievement oriented and continuously committed to high performance and superior standards.  Incumbent must possess excellent oral and written communication skills along with experience presenting to elected officials and may be required to assume the responsibility of the Director of Finance in his/her absence. The Deputy Finance Director will be a supportive mentor with the proven ability to direct and motivate staff, foster ingenuity and creativity among team members and build capacity and talent in others. Prior success in leading the areas of government budgeting, municipal finance, capital markets, and/or accounting is required. 



Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods and practices of municipal finance.

  • Budgeting, accounting, purchasing and fiscal record keeping.

  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and employee development.

  • Principles and practices of public administration and human resources as applied to function, including basic employee-relations concepts.

  • Principles of financial administration, including budgeting and reporting.

  • Applicable laws and regulations.

  • Computer systems and their applications to fiscal analysis and record keeping

Ability to:

  • Organize, supervise, and coordinate the work of subordinate employees and project teams.

  • Prepare complex financial statements, reports, and analyses.

  • Develop and implement accounting procedures and systems.

  • Interpret and accurately apply rules and regulations regarding accounting, purchasing and auditing practices.

  • Prepare clear and effective financial, statistical, and narrative reports, correspondence, informational materials, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

  • Communicate effectively in writing, orally, and with others to assimilate, understand, and convey information, in a manner consistent with job functions.

  • Represent the City and the department effectively in contacts with elected representatives of other agencies, City departments, and the public.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

  • Take a proactive approach to customer services issues.

  • Make process improvement changes to streamline procedures.

  • Work in a safe manner modeling correct City safety practices and procedures; coach others and enforce adherence to safety policies and procedures.

  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical qualifying background would be:

EXPERIENCE:  Four years of progressively more responsible professional experience in municipal finance, with at least three years in a supervisory capacity.

TRAINING:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, or a related field.

LICENSES:  Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. Certified Local Government Finance Officer or GFOA Certified Public Finance Officer is desirable.


Salary:  $143,852 - $174,844 Annually

Retirement:  CalPERS retirement formula is 2% at age 60 for Classic members or; 2% at age 62 for “new members” as defined by Government Code §7522.04(e). Social Security and Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account, with a $100/month employee contribution.

Health Insurance: City offers a choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation:  Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays:  Thirteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs:  457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Childcare Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

How to Apply / Contact


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