Goverment Jobs
March 15, 2019
Palmdale, California
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The Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate combines excellent accounting and budget acumen with strong leadership skills, and has the ability to bring out the best in their team! The City seeks an experienced candidate who can successfully lead and manage a division while exemplifying approachability, astute listening skills, and promoting a cooperative work environment. This hands-on leader will have a high level of technical competence, experience preparing an annual budget, and a solid foundation in accounting and financial management. The Finance Manager/City Treasurer will be a strong partner in the organization and will implement innovations to improve efficiencies and effectiveness and will contribute to the group effort for the overall benefit of the City and its residents. The successful candidate will be a proactive problem solver with an understanding of the policy direction provided by leadership and can create and implement successful business strategies. If you are a bright critical thinker who is great with numbers and formulas and understands and can communicate the organization's fiscal priorities to promote positive ideas, we invite your application!


? 4-10 Work Schedule (Monday-Thursday).

? Insurance: The City offers group health, dental/vision, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and a $50,000 life insurance policy for full-time employees. The City contributes to the employee's health and dental/vision insurance. Disability and life insurance are paid by the City.

? CalPERS Retirement: 2% @ 62 for PEPRA members, 2% @ 60 for Classic members.

? Deferred Compensation Plan: Employee contribution.

? Leave: Palmdale has a generous leave policy which includes 14 paid holidays, 80 hours of vacation (years one through four), and 96 hours of sick leave per year. Administrative employees earn 80 hours of administrative leave per year.

The Finance Manager plans, organizes, directs, supervises and controls the management and operations of the Finance and Accounting Division including treasury, budgets, financial reporting, and audits; to recommend, implement, and enforce internal financial controls; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Administrative Services, City Manager and other department directors.


Receives general direction from the Director of Administrative Services.

This position exercises direct and indirect supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plan, organize and supervise the activities and staff of the Finance division.

Develop, implement, and manage the City's accounting policies, procedures, and central financial systems.

Develop and implement division goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

Select, train, supervise, and evaluate subordinate personnel.

Serve as the City Treasurer; oversee the operations and activities of the City investments.

Oversee the budget process, review and sign-off on final product prior to the City Manager's review.

Prepare and develop the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and other financial statements and reports.

Perform professional accounting work and assist all department employees. Assist and assume responsibility for accounting work relative to City grants.

Meet with and coordinate with outside auditors; compile appropriate documentation and serve as a resource person throughout the audit phase.

Respond to a variety of technical inquiries relating to division activities.

Provide financial data, and analysis of economic proposals to the City's bargaining team.

Provide guidance, direction and assistance to City departments.

Prepare long-range financial plans.

Conduct and coordinate special studies and projects.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Five years of increasingly responsible, professional accounting experience in a supervisory capacity.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, business administration, finance or a closely related field is required.


Certified Public Accountant is preferred.


Knowledge of:

GASB, GAAP, GAGAS (Yellow Book) and other government reporting standards for financial reporting.

Accounting principles, practices, and methods including program budgeting and auditing, and their application to municipal operations.

General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting and municipal operations.

Ordinances, resolutions, and laws affecting municipal financial operations.

Principles and practices of public administration including budgeting, personnel and administrative practices.

Principles of supervision, motivation and training.

Ability to:

Identify, develop, and implement new and improved program budgeting, record keeping, and auditing procedures for municipal operations.

Identify, assist in developing, and implement new and improved data processing applications.

Review, analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records, reports, and data.

Prepare specialized financial and statistical reports.

Communicate both orally and in writing.

Select, supervise, train and evaluate professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent walking, sitting for long periods of time; occasional climbing, bending and squatting. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 40 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent stooping, grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.


Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Positions may require overtime and weekend work; travel is rare.

The City of Palmdale is noted for its highly skilled work force with a large concentration of aerospace firms located at Air Force Plant 42 and nearby Edwards Air Force Base. Its family oriented and culturally enhancing venues such as the Palmdale Playhouse, DryTown Water Park and Starlight Amphitheater make Palmdale "a place to call home."

The city is located approximately one hour north of Los Angeles off the Antelope Valley Freeway (14). Palmdale encompasses about 104 square miles and has a population of approximately 153,000. The City is served by several school districts and has a growing retail and commercial base. For more information visit

BUSINESS HOURS: Normal operating hours are from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday ? Thursday. CLOSED on Friday.

UNION: The Teamsters Local 911 represents certain positions in the City's Maintenance Division of Public Works.


APPLICATION MATERIALS must be submitted by the closing date listed in the job bulletin. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of a City online application.

RESIDENCE within the City is not required.

AN ELIGIBILITY LIST of the most qualified applicants will be compiled based on the results of the selection process. The list will remain in place for a period to be determined by Human Resources.

BENEFITS listed here apply to full-time and benefited part-time positions; not to unbenefited part-time employees unless so described.

A PROBATION PERIOD of six months minimum applies to initial employment with the City.

VACATION, HOLIDAYS AND LEAVE: The City provides 14 paid holidays per year and 80 hours vacation (years one through four) with a maximum accrual of 240 hours (160 hours for benefited part-time employees). Administrative employees accrue 80 hours of administrative leave per year with a maximum accrual of 240 hours.

SICK LEAVE: Employees accrue 96 hours per year with a maximum accrual of 800 hours (400 hours for benefited part-time employees). Unbenefited part-time employees receive 28 hours of paid sick leave per fiscal year.

RETIREMENT: The City is a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Cal-PERS). Full-time and benefited part-time employees will be enrolled in either the New Member or Classic plan, as defined by CalPERS. New Members are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 formula and pay the full 6.25% employee contribution. Classic Members are enrolled in the 2% @ 60 formula and pay the full 7% employee contribution.

All other part-time employees are covered under the Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS).

WELLNESS PROGRAM: The program includes gym membership discounts, healthy eating programs, exercise classes & other programs.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Direct Deposit is mandatory for all new employees.

CREDIT UNION: F&A Federal Credit Union & Logix Federal Credit Union (formerly Lockheed) are available options.

INSURANCE: The City offers group health, dental/vision, long term and short term disability, and a $50,000 life insurance policy for full-time employees. The City contributes towards the employee's health insurance.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION: The City participates in the ICMA-RC Deferred Compensation Plan, which enables benefited part-time and full-time employees to contribute on a tax deferred basis.

OVERTIME COMPENSATION: Over time is accrued at time-and-a-half for eligible employees for time physically worked in excess of the regular forty (40) hour work week.

PART-TIME EMPLOYEES: Unbenefited part-time employees are reviewed for merit salary advancement, but are not eligible for any other benefits listed. Benefited part-time employees are eligible for CalPERS retirement, sick leave, holidays, & vacation on a prorated basis.

MILEAGE PAY: Any employee may be reimbursed for work related mileage at 54 cents per mile when assigned to use their private vehicle on City business.

SOCIAL SECURITY: The City does not participate in Social Security, and does not deduct Social Security payments from any employee's salary. The City does deduct 1.45% of salary for Medicare & makes a 1.45% matching contribution

*Benefits can change at any time.