Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Accounting and Finance Manager, Public Works

Recruitment #22-0182-01


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.

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed application, supplemental questionnaire and DMV printout must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application, supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification. 

Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted online.



The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at


Under administrative direction the Accounting and Finance Manage, Public Works will plan, manage and direct a complex departmental accounting and finance program; to manage agency audit programs with various federal, state and local authorities; to serve in a consultative role to management in addressing and resolving financial, accounting, revenue, contract, grant and related administrative, programmatic and policy fund matters.  This includes the administration of policies for funds and jobs, including the development of indirect rates and application of cost allocation principles used for cost accounting, including the development of new accounting systems enhancements and procedures.  Perform budget development, financial planning and analysis, reporting and related financial work; directs the work of financial staff, and professional accounting staff and subordinates to perform related work as required and assigned.  

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Accounting and Finance Manager, Public Works (#0182)



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field is desired.  




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience as a Supervising Accountant, Senior Supervising Auditor, Financial Services Officer or equivalent, or higher level accounting or finance class, in the Alameda County classified service.  One (1) year of full-time cost accounting experience is desired.  



The equivalent of four (4) years of full-time experience as a Financial Services Specialist II, in the Alameda County classified service.  At least two (2) years of experience must be in Public Works.  One (1) year of full-time cost accounting experience is desired.  



The equivalent of six (6) years of full-time experience in a professional finance, accounting, auditing or administrative position.  At least two (2) of the years must include supervising the work of others.  One (1) year of cost accounting experience is desired.    

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:

  • Theory, principles, practices and procedures of general fund and governmental accounting and auditing, with emphasis on cost accounting.
  • Functions, capabilities, applications and operation of computer-based accounting systems.        
  • Laws, codes and regulations governing public agency financial operations.
  • Practices and techniques of financial analyses and report preparation.
  • Management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision and business management.
  • Financial planning, labor and indirect rate setting and revenue enhancement principles and strategies.
  • Principles and practices of government budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of contract and grant administration.
  • Audit principles and financial record keeping.  

Ability to:

  • Manage a variety of financial and accounting functions, including financial planning and analysis, budgeting, contracts and grant administration, cost accounting, general ledger, general accounting and payroll timekeeping.
  • Design, install and maintain effective accounting systems and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct a complex and varied financial program.
  • Perform complex accounting and financial record-keeping activities.
  • Interpret and apply legal and administrative concepts to departmental accounting functions.
  • Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Prepare clear, complete and accurate accounting and statistical reports, correspondences, procedures, policies and other written materials.
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
  • Train and supervise financial analyst, professional and clerical and professional accounting personnel.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively at all levels within and outside the Agency.
  • Provide sound technical advice on financial and accounting matters to executive management.
  • Conduct and coordinate financial audits.


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.  


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,

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:

Deadline for Filing:                                   5:00 p.m., Friday July 22, 2022
Monday, August 22, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications: by Friday, July 29, 2022
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified                      by week of August 15, 2022
Oral Examination*:
Week of August 29, 2022
Updated 7/18/22 (eb)
*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 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,


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
  • 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.


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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 job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address Link: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG Phone: 510-272-6393


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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.