FREMONT - A CITY ON THE MOVE!
Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by placing 7th on the list of the Greenest Cities in America according to a 2018 Wallet Hub survey and ranking 3rd Best City in the Nation to raise a family, according to another 2018 survey by Wallet Hub. Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 235,000 residents. As a full service City, Fremont employs over 937 regular employees and has a General Fund budget of $205 million.
Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity. Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The Finance Department mission is to assist the City Council, City Manager, and operating departments in prudently managing financial resources and assets by providing accurate information and high-quality business and financial planning and management advisory services, including budgeting, debt management, accounting, purchasing, revenue collection and management, and payables processing.
As a member of the Finance Department’s management team, the Finance Operations Manager will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the City Accounting and Financial Reporting function. The incumbent must have the ability and flexibility to apply their skills to manage the Finance Accounting Division, resolve disputes, work with difficult external customers, and build strong working relationships with internal departments. The successful candidate will also ensure that the Accounting Division is compliant with all relevant legislative, regulatory, and judicial mandates, regulations and professional standards.
Lead and supervise Accounting Division staff, including:
- Staff recruitment, training and development
- Develop policies and procedures
- Assign and schedule work
- Establish work priorities
- Evaluate performance and provide recognition
Oversee all Accounting Division activities and work products, including:
- Chart of accounts, general ledger, subsidiary ledgers and other accounting records
- System of internal controls
- Daily, monthly, and annual accounting operations
- Comprehensive annual financial report and special purpose financial reports
- Budget development, implementation, and monitoring (in coordination with Budget Division staff)
Provide professional recommendations on difficult or unusual accounting and reporting issues.
Research and direct development, implementation, integration, and enhancement of automated financial information systems.
Assist in development of the Finance Department’s budget, goals and objectives.
Direct and/or participate in special Finance Department projects.
Represent the Finance Department on city-wide special project teams.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate will have any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. A typical way to acquire the appropriate background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Public or Business Administration and five (5) years progressively responsible experience, including one year of supervisory experience, with public agency financial systems. A Master’s degree or relevant professional certification may be substituted for one year of experience.
Work experience in a public agency and certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) are highly desirable, as well as the following attributes:
- Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and governmental financial reporting standards
- Experience in coordinating audit activities and preparing a comprehensive annual financial report
- Skilled in oral and written communication
- Participatory leadership style
- Technologically savvy
Fremont offers an attractive benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to: CalPERS retirement plan, paid holidays, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete benefits summary can be found at www.fremont.gov.