At Western we are looking for an accomplished and skilled accounting professional to fill this key position. We're searching for a seasoned leader in public sector accounting, preferably within a water/sewer agency, who is committed to excellence, can think creatively, and enjoys helping others grow professionally.
If you're a collaborative leader with strong interpersonal skills, then this is your opportunity to join an exceptional agency that provides essential services to western Riverside County.
PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR APPLICATION SUBMITTAL:
Letter of Interest
Completed Supplemental Questions. You may upload a separate file with your answers.
Who we are: Western Municipal Water District stands out:
Western is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County providing water and sewer services to nearly one million people through 24,000 retail accounts and eight wholesale water agencies/cities;
We see ourselves as more of a business than a bureaucracy;
We view our customers as essential partners in ensuring long-term water reliability for our region; and
Together, the Western team Is focused on being the definitive leader in water and sewer services, upholding the highest level of stakeholder trust.
Western's vision is to integrate the best-in-business processes and business systems while developing a leading-edge workforce that continuously creates greater efficiency and value for our customers.
Western’s values include:
Water Supply Reliability
Fiscal Responsibility and Value
Public Trust, Accountability and Transparency
The Position Under minimal administrative direction, the incumbent manages the Accounting Division of the Finance Department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, treasury, debt management and general accounting; participates in performing professional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records, statements and reports including the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR); ensures appropriate financial controls and security measures are in place to safeguard District funds; participates in the development of the District's biennial operating and capital improvement budget; performs complex and difficult financial and accounting analyses; and leads process improvement projects involving systems within the District. This includes oversight of accounting staff, while fostering leadership, mentoring and team building skills. The incumbent will provide highly responsible and complex assistance to the Director of Finance.
The Controller is responsible for managing and directing the day-to-day work of professional, technical, and clerical accounting staff responsible for developing, maintaining, and processing all of the District's financial records, reports, and statements. This includes oversight of all financial and accounting policies, procedures, and processes to ensure activities are conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Controller leads process improvement initiatives for the Finance Department including information system integration and upgrades. The incumbent exercises significant authority and independence in implementing a broad range of services and programs in coordination with other District executives and managers, including the implementation of GASB pronouncements.
The Ideal Candidate
Western is looking for a seasoned leader in public sector accounting who is committed to excellence, can think creatively, and enjoys helping others grow professionally.
Focusing on both long and short-range efforts, the Controller must be able to work directly with the Director of Finance to take an active role in leading a team of professionals to the next level, implement program direction and have the confidence to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders and staff.
Serving customers is paramount to all that we do. More than one million customers who count on us every day. For that reason, you must be responsive, collaborative, and accountable to our customers and agency partners, which means representing Western and presenting important information at Board meetings.
Western expects you to have comprehensive knowledge and experience in financial and accounting processes that support a special district providing reliable water and sewer services to retail and wholesale customers.
Strong leadership, management and organizational skills will be critical to your success, as are the abilities to coordinate and manage the activities and personnel of the accounting group. Highly qualified candidates must be able to work effectively both independently and as a collaborative team leader.
A relationship-builder who is proactive in establishing and leveraging partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders and other utilities in the region.
A skilled professional with a heightened sense of emotional intelligence.
Open, approachable, and action-oriented; exercises good judgment; treats others with respect.
Collaborative approach to working with others; able to bring people together and leverage common interests to perpetuate the vision of Western.
Outstanding facilitation and leadership skills with a customer-centric mindset.
A self-starter who exhibits high initiative and a strong work ethic; embraces the opportunity to make a difference.
If you're ready to join a results-oriented team, able to see the bigger picture, have a heightened sense of emotional intelligence, and are aware of financial issues facing special districts--we'd love to hear from you.
The incumbent within the Controller classification reports to the Director of Finance and provides direction to Accountants and Accounting Technicians.
District employees are expected to work overtime as required to accommodate the District needs, in addition to responding as a Disaster Emergency Service Worker.
This job posting will remain open until filled and may close at anytime.
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND LICENSING/CERTIFICATION
Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, along with the specific licenses/certifications as outlined below:
~ Bachelors degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field
~ Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one year of experience
~ Minimum 10 years professional accounting background
Western Municipal Water District provides water supply, wastewater disposal and water resource management to the public in a safe, reliable, environmentally sensitive and financially responsible manner.
General District Information
Western supplies water on both a wholesale and a retail basis to a region stretching 527-square miles in western Riverside County with an assessed valuation of $83 billion and a population of more than 880,000 people. This regional area includes the cities of Corona, Norco and Riverside and the water agencies serving Box Springs, Eagle Valley, Lake Elsinore, Temescal Valley and Temecula.
We are governed by a Board of Directors, elected to four-year terms by registered voters in the five election divisions.
Western is staffed by approximately 157 employees who represent a variety of divisions of the District - engineering, finance, operations, water resources and administration. The District is managed by Craig Miller, who also acts as its court-appointed watermaster, and the management team.
While most of Western’s business is in wholesaling of water to water agencies and municipalities, the District directly serves ...approximately 25,000 residential and business customers in the following areas:
Riverside - home to Western’s largest grouping of direct customers. Areas served include a portion of the city of Riverside, Orangecrest, Mission Grove, El Sobrante, Eagle Valley, Woodcrest, Lake Mathews, portions of Mead Valley and Perris, and March Air Reserve Base. Murrieta - with the merger of the city’s water utility agency in 2005, Western now serves a 6.5-square mile section of western Murrieta, primarily in the historic downtown area of the city. Rainbow - Western’s most distant served community is an unincorporated area of southern Riverside County bordering San Diego County.
Western currently sells approximately 85,000 acre-feet of water annually. This is equal to about 28 billion gallons of water. One-quarter of Western's sales are to retail customers; three-quarters to wholesale. About two-thirds of the water Western sells is treated; the balance is untreated or raw water. About one-quarter of water sales are for agricultural uses; the balance is for domestic purposes. Nearly all water sold by the District for agricultural purposes is used to irrigate citrus and avocados planted since the 1950s.