Contra Costa County Public Works Department
Martinez, California
$96,188.74 - $117,196.66 Annually
Sep 19, 2017
Oct 19, 2017
Government & Institutions
Finance Officer
Contract Type

Bargaining Unit:  Management Classified & Exempt

Contra Costa County seeks a dynamic Public Works Chief of Fiscal Services to manage, lead and direct the fiscal and general business activities of the Finance Division.  The Public Works Chief of Fiscal Services will be a key member of the Public Works Senior Staff and plays an integral role in managing the day-to-day operations of the Finance Division in the Public Works Department.  This management position provides leadership, direction and supervision to staff assigned to the Finance Division. S/he will assist in planning the strategic direction of the Finance Division, manage special projects, and oversee the effective delivery of numerous complex financial functions.  S/he will develop and implement departmental policy of budget services and financial business, including monitoring departmental revenues/expenditures and budgets, preparation of fiscal reports required by county, federal and state agencies, accounting and related financial management activities.   Direction is received from the Public Works Director or Deputy Public Works Director.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Promote and demonstrate a collaborative and teamwork environment.
  • Ability to analyze and provide recommendations on budget and fiscal programs.
  • Ability to lead the Finance Division which includes: coaching, training, and providing feedback to subordinate staff

Read the complete job description at The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Tentative Oral Exam: October 31, 2017  


Typical Tasks:

  • Develops and implements departmental policy of budget services and financial business management; directs the fiscal and general business activities of the department.
  • Administers budgetary and fiscal control programs and the preparation of the department budget.
  • Consults with program and other administrators on administrative problems and procedures and assists in and recommends developing and institution of improvements.
  • Prepares and reviews all fiscal reports required by all department divisions by federal, state, and other funding sources.
  • Confers with representatives of other county departments and of state agencies on administrative and budgetary problems.
  • Prepares reports and correspondence.
  • Makes special administrative studies.
  • Monitors all aspects of the legal and fiscal accountability for all contracts for staff and programs.
  • Develops and implements plans and procedures to enhance revenue from State, Federal, fee, and grant funding sources.
  • Coordinates the development and improvement to various data processing programs and services that impact fiscal services.
  • Advises County Finance Director on status of each budget and makes recommendations for corrective actions as needed.
  • Manages the overall operations of the Joint Billing System (JBS) and coordinates efforts between Public Works and Department of Conservation and Development
  • Directs and manages the day-to-day operations of the finance division.
  • Develops and submits the necessary documentation to the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors for the annual budget, and all other items requiring Board action.
  • Supervises the submission of all required cost reports, statistical reports, claims, and other documents.
  • Coordinates the completion of all State, Federal and County audits and fiscal reviews; coordinates the annual Federal funds single audit with Auditor-Controller staff.
  • Develops, directs, and conducts all necessary training for staff to ensure that fiscal policies and procedures are uniformly disseminated and understood.
  • Interprets and disseminates to staff all Federal, State and County policies and directives relating to fiscal budgetary matters.
  • Directly and through subordinate staff: selects, trains, and supervises professional paraprofessional, and clerical accounting staff; assigns and reviews work; establishes performance standards and evaluates work; takes disciplinary action as needed.


 Minimum Qualifications: License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.
Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business administration, public administration, accounting or a closely related field.
Experience: Five (5) years of full-time. or its equivalent, of progressively responsible experience in a managerial or an accounting position performing fiscal or budgetary analysis, at least two (2) years of which must have included responsibility for budget preparation and control.

Substitution: One (1) year of additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required academic major.
One (1) year of graduate training in business administration, public administration, accounting, or a closely related field in an accredited college or university may be substituted for either the required undergraduate academic major or for six (6) months of the required general experience.


  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required at the time of applying.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. (Weighted 100%)
  4. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices. As part of the application process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History form. The Conviction History form should only be submitted when requested.



It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.