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Treasury Finance Chief

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, provides financial and accounting advice to executive, management, and professional staff in all areas of the Treasurer/Tax Collector's Office, and to staff in other County departments, schools, and special districts; as part of the senior management team, plans, develops, and implements major departmental changes, and participates in formulating policies; conducts or directs financial and accounting projects and analytical studies; supervises an accounting division of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical support staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single position, management classification, and the incumbent reports to the Assistant Treasurer/Tax Collector. The incumbent participates in formulating long range plans, in addition to providing professional accounting expertise and direction involving a variety of complex financial and accounting issues.


1. Researches, analyzes, and interprets financial transactions and data, legislative information, and economic and market conditions to formulate strategies and make recommendations to management regarding various financing methods and alternatives most appropriate for the County in a given situation, and to develop financial and accounting policies and procedures; maintains the fiscal integrity of the County's funds by developing and implementing proper internal controls, automated systems, and documentation of all transactions in accordance with California law and generally accepted accounting principles; conducts bond calls, analyzes changes in assessed valuation and earnings on investments to project cash flow and timing on debt borrowing and repayment; advises schools and special districts regarding accounting practices, and oversees the administration of accounts for debt proceeds and debt repayments; provides staff support to the Debt Advisory Committee (DAC), conducting research and making recommendations on a variety of financial issues or projects; provides direction to other County departments in the development of policies and procedures for the receipt and disbursement of funds; confers with bankers, consultants, bond holders, and the Auditor-Controller Chief Accountant regarding County debt programs, development of funding policies, information systems, financing and investment opportunities, or redevelopment/revitalization plans; directs special projects, such as planning and implementing specialized automated systems in other County departments.
2. As part of the senior management team, evaluates, plans, and develops long-range plans, goals and objectives, policies, and budget and staffing projections; leads line managers in developing annual performance measures to conform with departmental goals and objectives; attends divisional staff meetings to provide direction and advice to staff in resolving issues such as the interpretation of policies and procedures, processing of information, handling of transactions, and establishment of internal controls; represents the Treasurer/Tax Collector at local and statewide meetings; acts in the Assistant Treasurer/Tax Collector's absence.
3. Selects and supervises professional, paraprofessional, and clerical accounting staff; establishes standards and evaluates performance; directs or advises staff in preparing quarterly investment reports, financial statements, and individual and estate tax returns for Public Administrator/Public Guardian clients; supervises interns in researching and analyzing financial and accounting processes or issues.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field; and

1. Four years of professional experience in accounting, banking, cash management, or the administration of investment instruments, including supervisory experience; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor III with Santa Barbara County, including supervisory experience; or,
3. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Accountant, Supervising with Santa Barbara County; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Desirable Qualification: Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of financial management; generally accepted accounting principles; governmental accounting; property, personal, and estate tax laws; debt issuance and administration; cash management principles; banking operations and systems; application of computer software to accounting operations; principles and practices of supervision; English usage and grammar.

Ability to: gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, project consequences, formulate strategies, and make recommendations; prepare narrative and statistical reports, policies, and procedures; evaluate automated systems; interpret and apply legislation; learn principles, practices, and methods of public finance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of people; exercise tact and diplomacy; assign, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; evaluate the work of professionals, paraprofessional, and clerical support staff.

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