Finance Manager

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • May 16, 2018
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $97,341.75 - $118,319.51 Annually

Job Description


The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991, and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.

Under general direction, plans, organizes, and manages the staff and operations of the Finance Division including financial transaction analysis, reporting, and record-keeping; performs professional accounting work to ensure regulatory compliance with governmental accounting standards; maintains and administers the City's accounting system; manages the effective use of division resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides highly complex and responsible support to the Administrative Services Director in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.
Receives general direction from the Administrative Services Director. Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision.
This is a management classification responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the staff, operations and activities of the Finance Division. Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities, which include division budget administration, program evaluation, and recommendation and implementation of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, priorities, and standards related to the City's finance and accounting systems. Incumbents serve as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses and studies. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within broad guidelines.

Examples of Essential Functions

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of the Finance Division's accounting functions, including preparing, monitoring, forecasting, and analyzing financial information, financial processing, reporting, and record-keeping.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the division; recommends within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Participates in the development, administration, and oversight of division budget; determines funding needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; ensures compliance with budgeted funding.
  • Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve and continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of assigned programs, service delivery methods, and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative, and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Participates in the selection of, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Develops and manages requests for proposals for professional and/or contracted services; prepares scope of work and any technical specifications; evaluates proposals and recommends award; negotiates contracts; administers contracts to ensure compliance with City specifications and service quality.
  • Administers, manages, coordinates, prepares, and analyzes functions related to debt management, treasury management, grant management, capital asset management, and procurement for operation and capital improvement projects.
  • Manages, coordinates, prepares, and analyzes long-term financial plans including annual operating and capital budgets, monthly/quarterly budget to actual review, and forecasting and long-term financial planning.
  • Establishes, recommends, updates, coordinates, and manages a variety of financial policies and procedures including general accounting, financial analysis, procurement, debt management, investment management, grant management and capital asset management; prepares and updates the City's comprehensive financial plan document.
  • Maintains and reconciles a variety of ledgers, reports, and accounting records; examines accounting transactions to ensure accuracy; approves journal vouchers to post transactions to accounting records; performs month-end, fiscal year-end, and calendar year-end accounting system processing.
  • Prepares and analyzes a variety of complex financial reports, statements, and schedules; prepares periodic and special reports, including monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports, the State Controller Report and the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • Coordinates the City's annual audits of financial statements and assists in the preparation of accounting schedules and data worksheets.
  • Prepares and presents staff and agenda reports and other necessary correspondence related to assigned activities and services; presents reports to various commissions, committees, and boards.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to assigned programs, policies, and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Serves as a liaison for assigned functions with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies; provides staff support to commissions, committees and task forces as necessary.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in public agency finance and accounting; researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to City needs.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Receives, investigates, and responds to difficult and sensitive problems and complaints in a professional manner; identifies and reports findings and takes necessary corrective action.
  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of working and official division files.
  • Ensures staff compliance with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and project management.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration and management.
  • Principles and practices of public agency finance, including general and governmental accounting, auditing and reporting functions.
  • Principles and practices of municipal fund accounting.
  • Methods and techniques of revenue forecasting.
  • Record-keeping principles and procedures.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of the assigned division.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing technical and administrative reports, and general business correspondence.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, oversee and manage the staff and operations of the Finance Division.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Provide administrative, management, and professional leadership for the division.
  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
  • Analyze financial information and identify potential problems.
  • Prepare various financial analyses.
  • Prepare and administer large program budgets.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Effectively represent the division and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
  • Direct the establishment and maintenance of a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:Â
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a related field and five (5) years of management or administrative experience preferably in a municipal setting, of which two (2) years should be in a management capacity.Â

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

A City application form, cover letter, and resume must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.
Closing Date/Time: 6/11/2018 5:00 PM Pacific