City of Rancho Palos Verdes

THE OPPORTUNITY

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is seeking a people-oriented leader with a collaborative approach and consensus-building skills to achieve success as the next Deputy Director of Finance. The Deputy Director will work with the Director and team on financial reporting, ensuring the agency’s fiscal health, and safeguarding the assets of the City while exemplifying the values of the Finance Department, including integrity, accuracy, innovation, customer focus, and transparency.

ABOUT RANCHO PALOS VERDES

Situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and among the bucolic hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes is a contract city that has maintained its low-tax, low-density, semi-rural environment. The City enjoys expansive open space and picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and the Los Angeles basin. Rancho Palos Verdes’ diverse and active population of approximately 41,000 enjoys all the benefits of a coastal community with a beautiful seaside location.

THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT

The Finance Department is staffed by a team of nine full-time professionals responsible for a wide range of services through the following municipal functions: fiscal services, accounting, purchasing, business licenses and treasury.

THE POSITION

The Deputy Director of Finance is an executive-level, non-represented, at-will position reporting directly to the Director of Finance. Responsibilities include performing and directing the department’s activities and programs, including budgeting, accounting, payroll, purchasing, business licensing, burglar alarm and solicitation ordinances, cash management, and/or financial reporting. The most qualified candidate will have knowledge of development, forecasting, and administration of the City’s annual budget and capital improvement budgets.

The Deputy Director of Finance is heavily involved with the daily operations of the department and will supervise a Senior Administrative Analyst, Senior Accountant, Accountant, Senior Accounting Technician, and two Accounting Clerks. An example of weekly responsibilities may include reviewing activities related to payroll, accounting, budgeting, and treasury. A hands-on approach is desired to work on these and other activities, along with a willingness to step in to assist with the functions as needed.

The most aligned candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of governmental accounting, public finance administration, payroll, budgeting, auditing, reconciliation, and municipal taxation management. Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software powered by Munis is strongly preferred by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in finance, accounting, economics, business or public administration, or a related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of management and/or administrative experience in municipal finance and accounting.

Certification: Certification as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California is highly desirable.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The annual salary range for the Deputy Director of Finance is up to $197,034 as of July 1, 2024. Placement within the range is negotiable and dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes also offers a competitive benefits package with retirement provided by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). California PERS 2% @ 60 for employees with continuing PERS employment with a 7% employee contribution OR 2% @ 62 for new PERS members with an employee contribution of 50% of the normal rate. Employee contributions are made on a pre-tax basis. Final compensation for both plans is determined by the three-year average option.

Full-time employees work 80 hours in 9 days (9/80) and receive every other Friday off. City Hall hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A flex schedule via telework is possible with the City Manager’s approval. The current telework schedule at the Finance Department is one day per week, subject to approval. 

Additional benefit information can be found in the detailed recruitment brochure.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé online. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong pool of stellar candidates has been established. Apply at:

www.mosaicpublic.com/careers

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Bryan Noblett | bryan@mosaicpublic.com | (916) 550-4100

Greg Nelson | greg@mosaicpublic.com | (916) 550-4100

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.