2024-05-09 2024-06-13

Director of Finance

San Lorenzo Valley Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68626
  • Organization Website
    Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68626
  • Organization Website

We are seeking an experienced Director of Finance to join our team. Are you a business leader? Do you appreciate fresh air, redwood trees, and abundant natural beauty? The ideal candidate has financial management experience in public accounting and government.

In the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains, the San Lorenzo Valley boasts a strong sense of resilience and community. The Valley features unique habitats and is home to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The San Lorenzo Valley Water District receives all of its water from resources within the Valley, from stream diversion and groundwater reserves that provide drinking water for our customers as well as critical habitat for plants and animals to thrive within our watershed.

If working among the redwoods and helping to ensure safe and reliable water is delivered to over 35,000 people sounds appealing, we want to hear from you!

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

SALARY: $10,829 - $14,512 per month depending on qualifications

Important: To be considered as an applicant you must submit all the required documents. Please read the details of the position and how to apply below.
The full job description can be found on our website: https://www.slvwd.com/human-resources/pages/employment-opportunities

Company Description
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is located in the coastal redwoods approximately 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, CA. If you live in the nearby towns of Felton or Scotts Valley, you are a relaxing 15-minute drive to work or the beach. The SLV Water District is a Local Water Utility established in 1941 and serves communities in the San Lorenzo Valley, including Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Lompico, Zayante, Scotts Valley, Manana Woods and Felton.

With a network of distribution lines, pump stations and reservoirs spanning over 190 miles, SLVWD delivers reliable, safe and high-quality water at an equitable price to more than 7,900 connections approximately 35,000 customers. The District is committed to providing outstanding customer service, managing and protecting the environmental health of the aquifers and watersheds, and ensuring the fiscal vitality of the district. :

Role Description
This is a full-time, on-site role for a Director of Finance located in Boulder Creek, CA. The Director of Finance supervises, oversees and manages the activities and operations of the Finance Department including financial reporting, general accounting, purchasing, warehousing and inventory control; budget preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, debt administration, revenue management, administration of invested funds and performs other related duties as required..

ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following)

  • Directs the District’s financial and accounting processes including preparation and maintenance of the fiscal and accounting records, and preparation of accurate and timely financial reports; directs the development and implementation of new and/or modified general accounting and internal control systems and procedures; prepares month-end and year-end closing and oversees and coordinates annual audits.

  • Directs, supervises, assists and participates in all aspects of the District’s annual budget development and monitoring; provides financial and statistical analysis and assistance to District departments, as well as the Board of Directors; determines fiscal impact of policies and Board’s requests; provides financial information and analysis in support of all rates, fees and charges, both existing and proposed.

  • Guides the Human Resource Specialist to plan, organize and manage human resources activities, including benefits administration, employee relations, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, workers compensation, employee development, and other related activities.

  • Manages the District’s payroll function, including tax reporting; supervises staff responsible for processing payroll, ensures that payroll work meets standards of accuracy and established deadlines and includes the proper application of collective bargaining contract provisions and polices related to compensation, resolves and responds to more complex inquiries from employees, performs budgetary position control, and assists in the calculation of payroll projections.

  • Exercises supervision over staff mentioned above; interviews and recommends selection of candidates, establishes performance expectations, prepares and conducts employee evaluations, conducts informal counseling on work issues, prepares documentation and improvement plans to address work problems/deficiencies, and recommends and implements approved disciplinary actions.

  • Directs the integration of computer-based systems for accounting and business record-keeping including project management, work orders, inventory, purchasing and provides for training staff in their use.

  • Prepares prudent, reasonable annual accounting division budget and monitors same to ensure expenditures are within budget.

  • Coordinates all fiscal matters to assure compliance with State and Federal grant, loan, and bond guidelines and requirements.

  • Develops, prepares and recommends policy related to fiscal management, compliance and accountability.

  • Prepares and distributes timely and complete financial reports including State Controller’s Report, Statements of Financial Position, Income Statements, Fund Balances, Cash Flow, investments and all supporting documentation.

  • Directs the activities of and provides technical assistance to CSR staff regarding, billing, collection and customer services activities;

  • Plans, organizes, assigns and supervises the work of the Field CSR I/II engaged in meter reading; maintenance, repair and replacement of meters, and the investigation of customer concerns related to water usage and service.

  • Responds to serious customer concerns and provides complaint resolution within District policy.



  • Principles and practices of financial analysis;

  • Principles and practices of public agency finance, including general and governmental accounting, auditing, and reporting functions;

  • Fundamentals of investment management, monitoring of assets, and required reporting;

  • Cash flow management and financial projections for planning and decision-making;

  • Advanced accounting and financial reporting systems;

  • Advanced principles and practices of public agency budget development and administration and sound financial management policies and procedures;

  • Principles and practices of effective management and supervision including planning, organizing, reviewing work, and training and evaluating staff;

  • Computer applications related to accounting, budgeting, and fiscal management.

  • Principles, practices, and trends of public and business administration.

  • Applicable Federal, State, local, and district laws rules, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to the assigned area of responsibility.

  • Strong communication, organizational, and leadership skills.

  • Experience in the water utility industry is a plus.

  • Knowledge of California water utility regulations and laws is a plus.

Any combination of training and experience, which demonstrates attainment of the required knowledge and ability to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed), typically:

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business , or a related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable.

EXPERIENCE: 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting or auditing preferably in governmental / municipal agency.

This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, CalPERS Pension, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and more.

Please submit a completed package consisting of the following:
* District Employment Application
* Resume
* Letter of Interest
* Supplemental Questions (see below)

You can find the complete package of documents at the following link:

Email to [email protected]

Supplemental Questions:
Supplemental Questions are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Responses to the questions serve as documentation of each candidates’ ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Responses must be typed and cannot exceed two (3) single sided electronic 8.5 X 11 inch pages.

Supplemental Questions:
1. For each relevant position held, briefly provide specific information that clearly describes:

- 1a. Your functional areas of responsibility;
- 1b. The size and type of each organization;
- 1c. Your position within each organization and the title of the position to which you reported;
- 1d. The number and level of staff you directly managed.

2. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in governmental financial reporting and budgeting.

3. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in customer service.

4. Describe your experience in working with and knowledge in ERP systems and internal controls.

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