Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chief Financial Manager

Recruitment #17-0183-01


THIS IS NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended. Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.





The General Services Agency aligns its mission with Alameda County’s Strategic Vision to enrich the lives of Alameda County residents through visionary policies and accessible, responsive and effective services. The General Services Agency (GSA) is an Internal Services Agency, but nevertheless enjoys many opportunities for its work to directly serve and benefit both County citizens and the County’s 9,000+ employees. County-wide and GSA programs are consistently recognized through national award programs in Sustainability, Energy, and Design and Construction. Alameda County is a national leader among Counties, fostering and promoting sustainability through education and outreach. Representative projects in GSA include developing transportation initiatives to reduce driving, including using shuttles, bikes, and shared vehicles. The County Green Building Ordinance has mandated a minimum of LEED™ Silver rating for new structures since 2004, and the adoption of a Climate Action Plan for the County’s operations in 2010 provides context for more innovative design and construction practices, including Net-Zero energy design. Recent representative Capital projects include the LEED-Gold rated Castro Valley Library, and the $680M replacement of the Acute facilities at Highland Hospital, the largest capital project in the County’s history.


The General Services Agency employs approximately 400 employees in a variety of professional, technical, clerical and maintenance/skilled trade classifications. The agency’s operating budget for 2013-2014 is over $131 million and it manages a capital budget in excess of $1 Billion. The following support services are provided: Building Maintenance and Technical Services including maintenance of over 130 facilities; Architectural/Engineering Services; Construction Management; Sustainability; Energy and Environmental Management; Child Care; Real Property; Property and Salvage; Recycling; Portfolio Management; and Transportation.Mandated services include Purchasing; maintenance of County Veterans’ Memorial Buildings; Environmental Protection/Sustainability; Waste Reduction and Recycling; implementation of the Green Building Ordinance; the County Climate Action Plan; and Hazardous Materials Abatement.




Under general direction, to plan, organize, coordinate and direct the fiscal, accounting, budgetary and revenue-generating operations of a county department/agency; assist and advise the agency director on financial matters relating to internal service fund budgets, cost recovery and capital projects financials, to provide financial expertise and consultation to management; to serve as liaison to the Auditor's Agency and other county departments; to design proper accounting and fiscal systems and procedures; and to perform other related duties as assigned.


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Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration, or a closely related field that included course work in general and cost accounting;


The equivalent of four years of full-time management experience involving financial analysis and accounting. At least two years of the required experience must include the supervision of professional staff in financial analysis, budgeting and accounting.


The equivalent of eight years of full-time management experience involving financial analysis and accounting. At least two years of the required experience must include the supervision of a professional staff in financial analysis and accounting.

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management and Supervision Certificate Program” may substitute for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience.

Must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Principles of accounting including governmental, general cost accounting and internal controls.
• Budget preparation, accounting and cost allocation..
• Financial analysis including cash flow, discounting and net present value.
• Computer use and applications relating to financial analysis and accounting.
• Management principles and practices including employee supervision.
• Budgetary, contract and grant administration and financial recordkeeping and reporting practices.
• Practices and techniques of financial analysis.


Ability to:

• Perform Financial analysis.
• Work with automated financial/accounting applications.
• Analyze and establish policies and procedures to ensure efficient operations.
• Provide effective leadership and Management control.
• Compile and review data, analyze reports to make decisions.
• Plan, organize and work effectively with senior management and various executive staff.
• Communicate orally and in writing to present extensive and detailed information.
• Exercise leadership.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Adapt to stress.
• Apply Federal, State and County regulations to budgeting and accounting.
• Administer a large staff performing technical accounting functions.
• Perform cost/benefit analyses.
• Provide leadership to the planning, organization and direction of the budgeting process of the appropriate agency.
• Plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of others either directly or through subordinate supervision.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with others.



The examination will consist of the following steps:


 1. A review of the candidates’ applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.


2. A review of the Supplemental Questionnaire to determine the best qualified; only the most suitably best qualified candidates will be invited to the oral interview process.  


3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this examination.




Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:








Deadline for Filing

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Review for Best Qualified:

*Oral Exam:

5:00 pm, Monday, December 4,2017

                Friday, December 15, 2017

          Tuesday, December 19, 2017

                Tuesday, January 9, 2018


*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.



For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being. These benefits include but are not limited to*:


For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage)
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement. This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda