Assistant Finance Director

  • City of Downey, CA
  • Downey, California
  • Jun 01, 2020
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management
  • Salary: $10,628.49 - $12,966.70 Monthly USD

Job Description


Note: This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and may close without prior notice.

Under general direction from the Director of Finance, supervises and manages Finance Department; assists in developing and implementing financial planning, investment and budgeting procedures; evaluates, develops and implements accounting systems and procedures; and, provides direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical personnel as assigned.


The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification.

Assist in the development and implementation of goals, policies and priorities relating to financial management, budget, accounting, payroll, and revenue; supervise a staff of clerical, technical and professional accounting personnel involved in payroll, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger posting and related work; supervise and participate in the preparation of accounting and financial reports including the CAFR; assist outside auditors including reviewing the work prepared by auditors; supervise and participate in month-end and year-end closing; assist in the City's cash management program and the investment of idle funds as directed by the Finance Director; assist in the preparation of the City's annual operating and capital improvements budgets; supervise the collection of business license taxes, transient occupancy taxes and the billing and collection of water utility accounts, and accounts receivable; review and recommend improvements to accounting, budgeting and reporting procedures; implement new procedures; respond to requests for information and advises City departments, governmental agencies and the public of City finance and accounting policies; analyze the financial information needs of City departments and develop financial systems to fulfill those needs; evaluate the effectiveness of current systems and procedures; coordinate financial record keeping and reporting activities with the IT staff; develop systems, procedures, policies and programs to reduce risk exposure; review financial reports with departmental personnel for their information and clarification; select, supervise, train and evaluates subordinate personnel; and perform other related duties as assigned.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required skills, knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.A typical way to obtain the skills, knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Accounting, Business Administration, or Public Administration.CPA designation preferred.

Experience: Five (5) full-time years of progressively responsible and professional work experience in municipal and or public accounting and financial work including at least two years of direct supervisory experience over professional and technical staff. Recent experience in municipal accounting and auditing ishighly desired.

Knowledge of: Principles and methods of accounting and auditing; principles and practices of financial administration including budgeting and reporting; modern office practices, procedures, methods and equipment; laws regulating public finance; budget preparation, program analysis and revenue forecasting; principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; complex financial reports and analysis; data processing systems and practices; principles and practices of risk management.

Ability to: Analyze, interpret and explain department policies and procedures; develop, revise and install accounting systems and procedures; prepare varied financial statements, reports and analysis; supervise, train and evaluate professional, technical and clerical personnel.

License: A valid California Class C Driver's License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions may be required.


Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions: The duties and responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment and involve sitting, standing, and walking for prolonged or intermittent periods of time, and include reaching, bending, and twisting at the waist to perform desk work and operate general office equipment including a personal computer with keyboard for prolonged or intermittent periods of time. The operation of a personal computer requires finger and wrist dexterity and the ability to withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from the computer.

An incumbent must be able to safely lift and carry books, files and reports weighing up to 25 pounds. Must be able to lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers and withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from a computer.

Selection/Testing Process: All applications materials received by the application deadline will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of information submitted to determine the level and scope of the candidate's preparation for the position. All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification.

The acceptance of an employment application depends upon whether or not an applicant has provided adequate information that demonstrates meeting the qualifications for the position as stated above. Please complete the employment application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and completely.

Those applicants who most closely match the qualifications will be invited to participate in the testing/selection process which will consist of an appraisal exam (weighted 100%) before a panel of subject matter experts.The appraisal exam may consist of performance testing and/or an oral interview to assess the applicant's knowledge, education, experience, and general ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Candidate(s) who complete testing with acceptable results will be placed on an Eligibility List to be considered by the Department's hiring authority.An employment offer is contingent upon acceptable results from a completed background review, including a Livescan fingerprint check.A pre-placement medical exam, including drug screen will be scheduled after the issuance of a conditional offer of employment.Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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