Financial Analyst

City of Santa Clarita

Aug 5th, 2022
$ 42.11 - 51.18 / Hour
Description/Duties & Responsibilities

This position performs technical and complex accounting and analytical work in the preparation, maintenance, and implementation of the City’s financial records, reports, and programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs financial activities in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which may include general accounting, cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant management, and budget; compiles and analyzes financial information; prepares journal entries; performs financial forecasting; prepares financial statements and reports; and makes sound financial recommendations
  • Oversees the City’s cash and investments; works with investors and brokers regarding investment activities; analyzes banking and investment trends; tracks cash balances from various bank accounts; performs debt administration; identifies new funding opportunities
  • Prepares and presents the City’s bi-monthly Investment Report to the City’s Investment Committee
  • Acts as budget liaison to assigned department(s); monitors, forecasts, and identifies revenues and expenditures; evaluates the short- and long-term impacts of budget adjustments
  • Prepares critical budget documents and performs detailed, complex budget analysis
  • Monitors and keeps informed of current trends in assigned program areas, including legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques; evaluates the impact of these trends; recommends policy and procedural modifications to ensure compliance
  • Assists with the City’s financial programs; may oversee and coordinate the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR); audits City funds and accounts
  • Supervises employees performing accounting, cashiering, accounts payable, and/or accounts receivable functions; establishes goals and professional development opportunities for employees; trains, develops, and mentors employees; evaluates performance and resolves employee performance issues
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with City employees, outside agencies, professional associates, and the public
  • Performs other financial duties and special projects
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or related field
  • Four years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience, preferably in local government
  • Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary will be considered
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class C driver license
Knowledge and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of municipal accounting, budgeting, and auditing principles and practices, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to gather, analyze, and interpret financial data to prepare financial statements, perform financial forecasting, and make sound financial recommendations
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal laws and state laws, and City codes, policies, procedures, and regulations and make program changes to retain compliance
  • Strong communication skills with an open and inclusive communication style; the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with City employees, outside agencies, elected officials, and the public; the ability to explain financial reports and complex financial information to non-financial users
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to supervise, lead, mentor, motivate, and evaluate employees, including the ability to provide constructive feedback, resolve difficult employee relations issues, and enhance teamwork
  • Ability to make effective presentations to various groups and make recommendations
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to identify innovative solutions to financial issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills; the ability to work both independently and within a team environment; ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, state/local agencies, and the public
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of ethics and integrity, including the ability to establish trust and earn respect from others
  • Ability to lift, drag, and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds
Additional Information

This position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will be on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

An online completed City application form is required to apply for this position. All employment information must be provided on the application. Providing a resume is not a substitute for completing this section of the application. Applications left incomplete, or with a reference to attachments may be rejected. The selection process will include one or more of the following: written exam, technical knowledge assessment, writing skill assessment, and/or oral interviews that may be conducted in person and/or via video conferencing. Applicants that meet minimum qualifications and are selected for interviews will be required to disclose information regarding criminal convictions. If you require special accommodations to participate in the application/selection process, please notify Human Resources for assistance.

All offers of regular employment with the City of Santa Clarita are made contingent upon receipt of proof of legal right to work in the United States, successful completion of a post-offer pre-employment physical, which may include a drug screen and Department of Justice fingerprinting. Criminal offender information will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The City uses the E-Verify program to electronically confirm work authorization of newly hired employees. All new employees are required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull-Notice Program. This program authorizes the City to receive a driver record report upon enrollment and during employment. Only degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will be accepted.

As a City of Santa Clarita public employee, you may be called upon to work as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW) in the event of an emergency (in accordance with Government Code §§ 3100-3109). Before entering upon the duties of employment, all public employees, except those excluded by law, take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation set forth in the California Constitution, declaring them to be Disaster Service Workers in time of need.

Compensation includes enrollment in California Public Employees’ Retirement System as a replacement for Social Security plus a competitive benefits package. All appointments are made at step 1 of the salary range unless otherwise authorized by the City Manager.

The City of Santa Clarita is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The City of Santa Clarita offers CalPERS Retirement contributions as a replacement for Social Security plus a competitive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

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