Friday, September 20, 2019

Financial Analyst, Zone 7

Recruitment #19-4929-01

Introduction

THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION. IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY APPLIED (OR STARTED AN APPLICATION) FOR THE FINANCIAL ANALYST, ZONE 7, EXAM # 19-4929-01, READ THIS ENTIRE BULLETIN FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REAPPLY FOR THIS RECRUITMENT.

In order to reapply for this position, please contact Leticia Diaz at Leticia.Diaz@acgov.org to have your previous application released back to you.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

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.

DESCRIPTION

THE AGENCY

Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 240,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.   Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.

For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at http://www.zone7water.com.

 

THE POSITION

Under general direction, to develop, interpret, and implement financial concepts for financial planning, and preparation of the annual budget; to plan, organize, and conduct financial studies and analysis; to recommends and assist with the implementation of policy, procedure and system modifications; perform relate analysis, to assist by providing financial support within the Administration Services Division, Zone 7, and perform other duties as required.

Please CLICK HERE for the full job description.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of and experience with financial analysis in a water agency or public agency, including: developing rates and charges, developing and administering operational and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budgets, cash management and cash flow analysis, financial reporting and modeling and performing complex and technical analyses on debt issuances and refinances.
  • Understands and applies Agency, County and other governmental rules and regulations affecting Agency financial systems functions.
  • Maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.
  • Uses resources to identify problems, solve them, act decisively, and shows good judgment in decision making.
  • Takes ownership of work done and results accomplished.
  • Adept at working with multiple software systems and proficient with MS Excel, 10-key and web-based resources.
  • Effectively presents and receives information and concepts, in both written and oral formats. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, or a field related to the work.  (Additional professional or paraprofessional administrative services experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)

AND

Experience:

Equivalent to three years professional level experience in independently providing complex budgetary, financial analysis, or information systems services, including planning, organizing, and conducting high level administrative organizational or related studies.  Utility financial management is desired.

License:

Possession of a valid California Driver's License.


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

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Finance policies, practices, and systems.
  • Practices and techniques of administrative and statistical analysis and reports preparation.
  • Principles of budgetary and financial management, report preparation, analysis, forecasting, and control.
  • Principles of public administration inducing general general knowledge of the water industry and utility rate making.
  • Budgetary, financial cost/expense monitoring, and cash analysis.
  • Financial modeling and forecasting techniques.
  • Methods and techniques of procurement and contract administration.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
  • Principles of legislative analysis and interpretation.
  • Legal system, court system, and litigation system, including discovery, court hearings, settlement negotiations, and legal strategies.
Ability to:
  • Plan, design, and conduct operational, management and related studies and analyses, examine alternatives, and recommend solutions.
  • Research, compile and summarize varied information, evaluate alternatives, reach sound conclusion and recommend solutions.
  • Perform budgetary, financial cost/expense analyses.
  • Financially model and forecast budget, cash flow, and debt service scenarios.
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondences, procedures, policies and other written materials.
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
  • Exercise sound independent judgement within establish policies and guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, technical written materials, and Agency policies and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

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 the candidates' 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.

 

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 may 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, www.acgov.org/hrs.

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:

5:00 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

TBD

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

TBD

Oral Interviews*:

TBD

**Wednesday, October 2, 2019

**Updated 9/16/2019 LD

*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews 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 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)
  • Deferred 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.

Leticia Diaz, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-272-6469; Email: Leticia.Diaz@acgov.org
www.acgov.org/hrs

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.