County of Alameda

County Finance Director (#0259)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$81.68-$114.94 Hourly / $6,534.40-$9,195.20 BiWeekly /
$14,157.87-$19,922.93 Monthly / $169,894.40-$239,075.20 Yearly

Under general direction, to control and direct the development, implementation, and maintenance of the County budget and various financing programs; advise and assist the County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator in establishing funding priorities, determining service levels, maximizing County revenue resources, and allocating budget resources; advise and assist the County Administrator in structuring bond financing options; and to do other work as required.


This single position class is located in the County Administrator’s Office. The County Finance Director is distinguished by its direct authority and responsibility for the Countywide budget process. The position will generally report to the Assistant County Administrator who in addition to oversight management of the Countywide budget process, will direct the County’s Risk Management, Economic Development, Diversity, Public Information, LAFCO, and General Administration Programs within the County Administrator’s Office. The County Finance Director is distinguished from the class of Principal Administrative Analyst by its direct supervisory responsibility over Principal Administrative Analysts and by its primary responsibility for and specialized focus on the Countywide budget and various financing programs. Principal Analysts, in contrast, may perform budget review and coordination for a group of County departments, perform special projects and studies, supervise Administrative Analysts and other CAO staff and/or perform activities in the other major functional responsibilities of the County Administrator’s Office.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Supervises staff of the Budget/Finance function within the County Administrator’s Office who perform highly specialized financial functions; prepares the County budget; develops financing programs and strategies for capital improvements and insurance programs, i.e., worker’s compensation.

2. Serves as the liaison in budgetary matters with other agencies and organizations; counsels departments on budgetary and administrative problems; instructs new employees in the County budget process.

3. Develops long-range fiscal planning programs, including economic forecasting and analyses; maintains and improves upon systems for projecting County financial resources and requirements.

4. Monitors all capital financing projects involving the County; serves as a member of the County finance team.

5. Performs difficult analytical studies of organizational structures, systems, procedures, policies, practices, and techniques; proposes new administrative policies, organizational structures, and procedures, and reviews and amends final recommendations and reports.

6. Studies statutory requirements relating to the operation of County departments and recommends more efficient ways of compliance, and the possible reinterpretation or amendment of certain requirements.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, public or business administration or a related field.


The equivalent of five years of experience in administrative analysis, budget analysis, and the development of financing programs. Graduate work in public or business administration may be substituted for one year of the required experience on the basis of one year of education being equal to six months of experience.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Principles and practices of governmental budgeting and accounting with particular reference to performance budgeting.
· Principles of organizational analysis.
· Laws relating to the financial administration of County government.
· Techniques of administrative and governmental accounting.
· Automated financial information systems, spreadsheets, and databases.
· Principles of debt financing.
· Dynamics of staff-line relationships.

Ability to:

· Plan and organize the analysis, review, and preparation of the entire County budget.
· Analyze and review the financial practices of County departments.
· Apply statistical methods in the analysis of management methods and problems.
· Recognize problems and develop effective solutions.
· Devise and effectively prepare and present reports and recommendations.
· Evaluate reports and recommendations.
· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Supervisors and Department Heads.
· Represent the County effectively and negotiate with representatives of committees, and other agencies and firms.
· Supervise and evaluate the work of professional staff.

Typed: 12/2/96
co:updated 5/3/00
New doc. name: 1340 under Jobspecs/Newspecs
Csc date: 12/11/96


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.