County of San Mateo
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Job Description
Finance & Administration Division
County of San Mateo
$11,471 - $14,340 / Month

The San Mateo County Controller's Office is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Controller's Division Manager for the Finance & Administration Division.  

The Controller's Office maintains the County's financial accounting system, processes disbursements and journal entries, produces independently audited and award winning annual financial reports and performs internal audits of departments' operations. The Controller's Office is staffed with accountants, auditors and fiscal personnel.

The person hired for this position will manage the Finance & Administration Division and provide staff support, financial guidance, administration and leadership within the Controller's Office.  

The Finance and Administration Division Manager will assist in the development, implementation and interpretation of administrative policies and procedures, provide complex financial support to senior level management, and oversee day-to-day administrative support functions.  

Candidates for this position should have experience managing fiscal and administrative staff and perform accounting/fiscal functions such as preparation of budgets, financial reports, fiscal policies, purchasing, contract administration and complex financial analysis. More specifically, fiscal duties will include, but not be limited to overseeing the preparation of the department’s budget, the Cost Allocation Plan Report, reimbursement claims, Schedule of Expenditures included in the County’s Single Audit Report, and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). It will also include assistance with the development and review of County departments indirect costs/rates.

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

Be proficient in government and/or public budgeting
Have experience and knowledge with preparation of cost allocation plans, schedule of expenditures for the Single Audit Report and PAFR
Have experience and knowledge with indirect costs/rates
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Have critical thinking skills and be a problem solver
Prepare complex and detailed written reports, procedures and contracts
Possess experience supervising, training and evaluating assigned personnel
Identify existing or potential problems, determine causes and solutions to fix the problems to prevent future occurrences
Research and analyze business and/or system processes and make recommendations for improvements
Develop and maintain a cohesive, collaborative team with emphasis on communication, contributions and mutual support, and create an environment of trust and confidence


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration or a related field. 
Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience performing a wide variety of administrative, financial or managerial duties in a large, complex public agency including at least one year of direct experience managing and/or supervising an accounting or auditing function related to assigned division.

Knowledge of:

Advanced principles and practices of financial administration and resource planning, including public budgeting and reporting
Advanced principles of financial and actuarial forecasting and financial analysis
Theories, principles and practices of accounting and auditing and their application to governmental accounting
Generally accepted accounting principles and/or auditing standards including those specifically applicable to government agencies
Basic principles and practices of County-wide operations and its administration and organization
Advanced principles and practices of operational and financial auditing
Advanced principles and practices of management and organizational effectiveness
Principles of personnel training, supervision and evaluation
Relevant automated fiscal/financial information systems, applications and terminologies
Federal, State and local laws and regulations applicable to assigned area of responsibility as well as laws and regulations governing the financial operations of public agencies

Skills/Ability to:
Plan, organize, manage, coordinate and evaluate the functions and staff of the Division
Analyze and evaluate complex accounting, auditing and/or financial problems, records and reports
Analyze, interpret, apply and explain related laws and regulations
Coordinate activities with other departments, programs and/or outside agencies
Plan, schedule and manage large scale projects
Prepare complex and detailed written reports, procedures, grant applications and contracts


To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanmateo/jobs/3450899-0/controllers-division-manager-finance-administration-division-open-and-promo or visit the County jobs portal page at https://jobs.smcgov.org. Applications are only accepted online. EOE