- Principles and processes of general, fund and governmental accounting including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting;
- Cost and fixed asset accounting;
- Internal control and audit principles, and GAAP, GASB and GFOA accounting standards and requirements;
- Municipal government agency operations, public agency budgeting, public agency capital financing;
- Research methods and statistical and financial analysis techniques;
- Propositions 218 and 26 impact on water rates;
- Organization and functions of a public board;
- Organizational and management practices as applied to the evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs;
- Microsoft products, including Word, Excel, and computerized and financial information systems;
- Laws and regulations governing the investment and management of public funds; and
- Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to assigned areas of responsibility.
- Develop expertise with regard to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California water rates, fees, charges and policies;
- Communicate effectively orally and convey technical financial information to a diverse non-technical audience as well as in writing;
- Expeditiously develop a range of options to address key District issues and opportunities;
- Implement programs and actions as directed by the General Manager or Board action;
- Serve the needs of other District departments while respecting the authority of those served;
- Supervise the work of staff including coordinating, monitoring and evaluating work; hiring, training, counseling and disciplining staff; and processing grievances;
- Analyze and interpret government accounting rules and regulations;
- Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives and procedures for providing effective and efficient finance services;
- Foster a team environment; develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff, the public, contractors, and elected officials;
- Exercise sound judgment, professionalism and initiative;
- Identify solutions, proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; and
- Proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience to satisfy the mentioned knowledge, skills and abilities.
- A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field is required. CPA, MBA or MPA is preferred.
- Minimum of eight years of experience in financial management/supervision with a public agency, overseeing departmental staff, is required preferably in government accounting or water district/utility.
- Experience in annual departmental budgeting, annual CAFR preparation, accounting, finance, GASB standards including extensive audits and financial reporting, with at least two years of direct experience with investments and five years in a supervisory capacity is required.
- Preferred experience with conversion in financial management software systems.
Licenses and Certificates:
- License as a Certified Public Accountant, GFOA or Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
- Maintain a valid California Driver’s License, vehicle, vehicle insurance and an acceptable driving record.