Ideally located on the Pacific coast just south of Los Angeles and adjacent to Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California (population 470,000) is at once a Southern California seaside resort, an urban metropolis with a diverse economy, and a tapestry of small neighborhoods whose international cultures are woven into a tightly knit yet heterogeneous community.
Long Beach enjoys a quintessential Southern California climate that makes its abundance of cultural and recreational options appealing throughout the year. It boasts six miles of beaches and numerous beautiful parks and open spaces, as well as The Long Beach Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, and the annual IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach. Along with a variety of other attractions that include two historic ranchos, three marinas, and five golf courses, the City's many offerings help to draw 5.5 million visitors every year.
The community's economy is further supported by a wide variety of industries including education, health and social services, manufacturing, retail trade, and professional services, among others. The City is a hotbed for startup activity, education and ingenuity. Also located within the City are Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach, which has repeatedly been named a "Best Value College" in the nation by Kiplinger. Serving the K-12 student population, the Long Beach Unified School District consistently attracts international recognition for increasing student achievement and public education best practices and consistently ranks among the Top 10 urban school districts in the country in a variety of reports and rating systems.
Committed to using technology to help deliver the best possible services, Long Beach has been named among the Top 10 "Digital City" in America for seven consecutive years. The seventh largest city in California and one of the most diverse in the country, Long Beach offers its residents and visitors all the amenities of a large metropolis while maintaining a strong sense of community and cohesiveness throughout a wide variety of unique and desirable neighborhoods. Long Beach is known for being bike-friendly and has been ranked the 10th most walkable city in the nation in both 2016 and 2017.
For more information about the City of Long Beach, please visit their website at www.longbeach.gov
The City of Long Beach Government
Long Beach is a full-service Charter City governed by nine City Council members who are elected by district and a Mayor that is elected at-large. Elected officials also include the City Attorney, City Auditor, and City Prosecutor. The Council Members and the Mayor are subject to a three-term limit, which allows them to serve for a maximum of twelve years. The City Council appoints a City Manager and a City Clerk. The City Manager is responsible for the efficient administration of all City departments, excluding those under the direction of a separately elected official, Board or Commission. Long Beach is a full service City providing all traditional public services. In addition to its traditional services, Long Beach also maintains one of the world's busiest seaports, which serves as a leading gateway for international trade. The City also has its own full-service commercial airport, an Energy Resources Department, and is one of only three cities in California with its own Health Department. Long Beach is supported by a total FY 2019 budget of approximately $3 billion, with the General Fund budget totaling $499 million. More than 6,000 full and part-time employees support municipal operations with the majority being represented by eleven employee associations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
The Financial Services Officer is an at-will management position that reports to the Administrative and Financial Services Bureau Manager and is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the Financial Services Division. The division is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the Department's financial resources. The Financial Services Officer is responsible for managing the work and activities of six employees. The Division is heavily relied upon, both internally and externally, to support Department and City missions by ensuring that the Department is fiscally sound and compliant with all regulatory requirements. Responsibilities of the Financial Services Division Officer include, but are not limited to:
Managing the fiscal, accounting, purchasing, and inventory functions for the Department;
Assisting with the creation of the Department's annual budget;
Supervising Financial Services Division staff;
Designing, preparing, and updating cash flow projections for the Department's various funds;
Managing accounting functions, including purchasing and payment processing functions;
Preparing documents, reports, schedules, narratives, and other supporting materials pertaining to Department fiscal policies;
Assisting with the coordination of fiscal information necessary for grants, or other funding mechanisms, including fees for cost recovery;
Providing relevant information to Department staff.
The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $115,000 annually. Placement in the range will depend on qualifications. The City's compensation package also encompasses an attractive benefits package that includes:
Retirement – City offers CalPERS with a benefit of 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS. Employee pays the employee portion. The City also participates in Social Security.
Vacation – Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after four years, six months of service; 20 days after 19.5 years of service.
Executive Leave – Forty (40) hours per year.
Sick Leave – One day earned per month; unlimited accumulation; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.
Holidays – Nine designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays to be used at the employee's discretion.
Health and Dental Insurance – The City offers an HMO and PPO option for health and dental insurance coverage. The City pays major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.
Life Insurance – City-paid term life insurance policy equal to three times annual salary to a maximum of $500,000.
Disability – City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.
Flexible Spending Account – Optional election for employees to reduce taxable income for payment of allowable childcare or medical expenses.
Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan – Optional for employee contribution to a supplementary retirement savings program available through ICMA Retirement Corporation.
Technology Allowance – Monthly stipend.
REQUIREMENTS TO FILE
The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with diverse stakeholders. The candidate will demonstrate a thorough understanding of financial and accounting practices, along with political acumen.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, hands-on manager, capable of adhering to multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, while maintaining effective working relationships at all levels of the organization. The successful applicant will be expected to pass a comprehensive background investigation and must possess a valid California Driver License by date of appointment.
Experience + Education
Graduation from an accredited university or college with a Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration or a closely related field. A Master's Degree is desirable.
Five years of progressively responsible full-time experience in administrative or financial positions. Experience with grant funding sources is desirable.
Professional Attributes: The attributes that best describe the Financial Services Officer are:
Excellent project management/technical skills
Highly organized multi-tasker
Strong time management skills
Excellent written/verbal communication skills
Consistently exercises good judgment
Self-motivated and results-oriented
Direct communicator with superior interpersonal skills
Collaborative and inclusive management style
Dedicated to quality customer service
Creative, strategic thinker
Ethical and integrity based
Advanced analytical skills
This recruitment will close at 11:59 PM on January 19, 2020. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit an online application, including resume and cover letter that reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities. Online applications are filed at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/longbeach. Candidates must also complete the online supplemental questionnaire.
Following the final filing deadline, all applications will be evaluated to determine the most qualified applicants. Incomplete application packets and application packets that clearly do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.
The most qualified applicants may be preliminarily interviewed. Those applicants determined to be best suited for the position will be interviewed by a selection panel. The final applicant will be subject to a thorough reference and background check.
This information is available in an alternative format by request at (562) 570-5290. If you require an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in any phase of the application process, please request the accommodation when submitting your resume or call (562) 570-5290.