Sunday, May 27, 2018

Financial Services Officer

Recruitment #17-0217-01

Introduction

THIS IS A 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. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

DESCRIPTION

THE VACANCY

 This is a countywide recruitment and the vacancies are currently in the Assessor's Office, the Sheriff's Department and the Healthcare Services Agency. The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used to fill these current vacancies and any that arise county-wide.

THE POSITION

Under administrative direction, the Financial Services Officer manages and oversees various financial service staff and functions at an agency or departmental level; serves in a consultative role to management in addressing and resolving financial, revenue, contract, grant and related administrative, programmatic and policy matters; facilitates the implementation of a wide variety of programs and projects; and to do related work as required.


IDEAL CANDIDATE

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Demonstrated considerable technical and professional astuteness and financial and programmatic expertise in the public sector, as it relates to budget, finance, contracts and grant administration.
  • Applied strong supervisory skills and a demonstrated ability to train, coach, counsel and manage subordinate staff in order to optimize individual performance.
  • Collaborated and built consensus with exceptional organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to plan and organize work for self and others in order to ensure that the work was completed efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to identify opportunities and built strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Used strong business acumen to understand and improve business results; use one’s understanding of major business functions, industry trends, and own organization’s position to contribute to effective business strategies and tactics pertaining to social services.
  • Effectively met customer needs and applied a customer centered approach; built productive internal and external customer relationships and took responsibility for customer satisfaction.
  • Acted strategically and creatively in forecasting the financial needs of programmatic areas by identifying & understanding complex problems, exercising good judgment in making effective decisions, and formulating and articulating action plans proactively and collaboratively.
  • Effectively communicated and clearly conveyed information and ideas; and interacted well with others by relating to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; and who exemplifies understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness.
  • Took personal satisfaction and pride contributing as a valued organizational leader with direct responsibilities for the finances of the organization.
  • Made a positive impact on others by exuding an air of confidence, creating good first impressions by professionally commanding attention, and earning the professional trust and respect of others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EITHER

The equivalent to three years of full-time experience at the level of or higher than the class of Financial Services Specialist II or Administrative Specialist II in the Alameda County classified service.

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management & Supervision Certificate Program” may be substituted for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience for the internal patterns.


OR
Education:

The equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major coursework in business or public administration, economics, financial management or a field related to the work.

(Additional professional-level financial planning and support experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)

AND
Experience:

The equivalent of three years of full-time professional-level experience in independently performing complex financial planning or analysis, budget development and processing, contract negotiation and administration and/or grant management at a level equivalent to or higher than the Alameda County classified service class of Financial Services Specialist II, preferably in a public agency setting. This experience must have included at least one year of supervising the work of others.

License: Possession of 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.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The moist suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Management principles and practices, including work plan¬ning, employee supervision and business management.
• Financial planning, rate setting and revenue enhancement principles and strategies.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget development and administration.
• Principles and practices of contract and grant administration.
• Financial record-keeping and auditing practices.
• Practices and techniques of administrative analysis and report preparation.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• General administrative principles, including personnel, purchasing and business management.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.

Ability to:

• Serve effectively as a member of a departmental management team.
• Manage a variety of financial functions, including budgeting and contracts and grants administration.
• Plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of others, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
• Plan and conduct complex financial, revenue and strategic planning analyses.
• Provide sound technical advice on financial matters to departmental management.
• Conduct and coordinate financial audits.
• Monitor legislative and regulation changes and recommend operational and procedural changes as required.
• Interpret, explain and apply complex policies, regulations and procedures.
• Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence, procedures and other written materials.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with others.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application 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.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of candidate’s final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

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

 

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email 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:


TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN

Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

Oral Interview with Situational Exercises:

5:00 p.m, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week of Monday, March 26, 2018

Week of April 16, 2018

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 statutes. 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 statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

BENEFITS

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 & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Defferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • 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.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

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 alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Ione Bell, Human Resources Analyst II
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-6456

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer