Health Services Chief Financial Officer

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 04, 2019
Full Time Accounting and Finance Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $103,020.25 - $125,227.20 Annually

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks a qualified leader to oversee their
Accounting, Budget, and Fiscal Operations

Starting salary up to $125,227/year, a cash allowance of approximately $600/month,
and a competitive total compensation package*

Reportingto the Assistant Director, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)leads all accounting, budget, and fiscal operations for the Department of Health Services (DHS).The DHS Fiscal Year 18-19 budget is approximately $232 million dollars and consists of over 570 full-time equivalent positions. Revenue sources include federal, state, and county funds, grants, and charges for services.This position is critical to the financial integrity of one of the largest departments of the County, accounting for approximately 14% of the County's annual operating budget.

As an integral part of the DHS executive management team, the CFO leads the Fiscal Unit and advises executives on all budgetary and fiscal matters; develops and implements plans and procedures to enhance all revenue sources, including federal, state, county, fee, and grant funding sources; and maintains a system of internal fiscal controls, policies, and procedures. The CFO analyzes pending and adopted legislation affecting DHS fiscal operations, and researches, analyzes and develops County positions on proposed legislation and administrative regulations. Additionally, the CFO:
  • Prepares departmental budgets, financial statements, analysis, reports, fiscal policies, and forecasts
  • Coordinates the completion of all state, federal, and county audits and fiscal reviews
  • Leads and manages professional, technical, and clerical employees
  • Oversees fiscal year-end close
  • Attends state meetings and trainings regarding DHS fiscal operations
  • Represents DHS before other departments, outside agencies, official bodies, and the general public
  • Negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial fiscal issues
The ideal candidate will have a track record of excellence in fiscal oversight and forecasting, government finance, and management of complex budgets with multiple funding sources, and will possess:
  • A proactive, strategic, and team-oriented leadership style
  • Experience supervising professional, administrative, and technical staff within a large and complex organization
  • Superb customer service, relationship building, communication, and presentation skills
  • Advanced spreadsheet and report preparation skills based on complex analysis
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.Additional information can foundin the County of Sonoma Salary Resolution .

The Civil Service title for this position is Department Administrative Services Director.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Academic coursework which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, coursework in public administration, business administration, management, accounting, statistics, human resources or closely related courses would provide such an opportunity.

Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in business or public administration, management, accounting is highly desirable. Possession of a Masters Degree in the above mentioned fields is helpful.

Experience: Normally, four years of progressively responsible experience in a professional, administrative, fiscal or human resources staff position, including at least one year of experience supervising professional, administrative or technical staff would provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: principles and practices relating to modern budget, contract, program and systems management; the operations and functions of county government, including principles and practices of administration; the laws, regulations, sources of funds, funding formula and reimbursement claims mechanisms governing State and Federal programs; the principles and methods of supervision and management, including work planning, analysis, and organization; selection and evaluation of employees, and their training and development; research methodology, report writing and basic statistics, and their application; management practices and techniques utilized to develop, control and evaluate services; financial planning as relevant to financing capital projects, major fixed assets and public sector services.

Considerable knowledge of: contract preparation, negotiations and administration; the search techniques utilized in securing information about regulations and legislation; the capabilities and standard application of office automation to staff and administrative functions.

Working knowledge of: group dynamics as it relates to public organizations; written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition.

Ability to: develop alternative solutions to administrative and management problems and situations, including budgets, human resources issues, program systems and procedures; prepare and supervise the preparation of budgets, grant applications, service contracts and complex narrative or statistical reports; determine opportunities for improvement in fiscal and service delivery methods; plan and organize research and statistical work relating to the various aspects of administration, budget and general management issues; understand, interpret and apply rules, regulations, ordinances, and federal, state and local legislation; effectively communicate orally and in writing, and present conclusions before a variety of boards, commissions, groups, other agencies and businesses and the public; effectively plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of professional, technical and office support staff directly or through subordinate supervisors; establish and maintain effective working relationships with county management personnel, employees, and the public in carrying out sound management policies; perform data collection, interpretation and evaluation pertaining to administrative, fiscal and management matters; persuade, rationalize, and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; develop and supervise complex record keeping and reporting systems.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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