Saturday, February 22, 2020

Financial Services Officer

General Services Agency

Recruitment #RT-0217-01


This is a reinstatement, transfer or voluntary demotion opportunity for current and former regularly appointed employees of Alameda County.

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1744: On the request of a department head and approval of the Commission, a regularly appointed employee who resigned in good standing may, within three years after the effective date of his/her resignation, be reinstated in a position in the class from which he/she resigned or in a position in another class for which he/she may be eligible as determined by the Commission. Appointments by reinstatement following resignation are subject to the probationary period established for the class. You must have been a classified County employee in the same job code or in a job code at the same salary maximum and left the County in good standing. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

You must be a current County classified employee in the same job code or in a job code with the same salary maximum for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

Voluntary Demotion:
You must be a current County classified employee in a job code which is at a higher salary maximum than the vacancy for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.


 General Services Agency

“the people behind the people”      



Alameda County's General Services Agency delivers a host of support services to County departments and agencies. These services fall into several major categories: Technical — architectural, engineering, energy and hazardous materials management; Building Maintenance — building maintenance and repairs, janitorial services and minor remodeling and alterations; Construction — new facilities and major remodeling; Procurement — purchasing and contract administration; Fleet Services; Early Care and Education Planning; Human Resources, Payroll, Information Systems and Parking Administration.

Our Mission - Provide Alameda County with quality and innovative logistical support

Our Vision - Valued as a world class provider of GSA services

Our Values  

  • Satisfying our customers 
  • Building productive relationships 
  • Ethics and Integrity 
  • Leading by example 
  • Embracing diversity and differences


Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, coordinates and performs the budgetary and accounting operations of GSA various programs and functional areas. The incumbent reports to the Chief Financial Manager, and supervises teams assigned work in the following two areas:

The Budget team is responsible for budget development, forecasting and monitoring of the budgets for GSA programs and functional areas, including Building Maintenance and Motor Vehicles Internal Services Fund (ISF) budgets for County department agencies; reporting of expenditures/revenues; development of ISF rates, fees and costs for ISF services or lease of facilities; responding to GSA program departments and other County agency inquiries; development of board letters for financials matters and financial recommendations; and review and reconciliation of expenditures with budget appropriation accounts.

The Accounting team is responsible for the development of billings and revenue collection for the Building Maintenance and Motor Vehicles ISFs programs as well as General Fund programs; management of asset inventory; revenue deposits and preparation of varied financial reports as needed by management.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a solid background in public sector fiscal operations principles and practices and demonstrated experience in budgetary, cost accounting and analysis, financial system internal control, asset management as well as strong analytical, written and oral communication skills. Successful candidates will possess a demonstrated track record of building and leading a successful financial team in performing varied and complex professional accounting, auditing, cost accounting and financial activities.

The ideal candidate will also possess be:  

  • A proactive and innovative problem solver   
  • A people-centered service delivery leader and team-player 
  • An effective communicator and listener 
  • A champion of personal and professional growth for self and others 
  • Highly organized with the ability to deal with changing priorities and deadlines  




The equivalent to three years of full-time experience at the level of or higher than the class of Financial Services Specialist II or Administrative Specialist II in the Alameda County classified service.

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management & Supervision Certificate Program” may be substituted for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience for the internal patterns.


The equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major coursework in business or public administration, economics, financial management or a field related to the work.

(Additional professional-level financial planning and support experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)


The equivalent of three years of full-time professional-level experience in independently performing complex financial planning or analysis, budget development and processing, contract negotiation and administration and/or grant management at a level equivalent to or higher than the Alameda County classified service class of Financial Services Specialist II, preferably in a public agency setting. This experience must have included at least one year of supervising the work of others.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Management principles and practices, including work plan¬ning, employee supervision and business management.
• Financial planning, rate setting and revenue enhancement principles and strategies.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget development and administration.
• Principles and practices of contract and grant administration.
• Financial record-keeping and auditing practices.
• Practices and techniques of administrative analysis and report preparation.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• General administrative principles, including personnel, purchasing and business management.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.

Ability to:

• Serve effectively as a member of a departmental management team.
• Manage a variety of financial functions, including budgeting and contracts and grants administration.
• Plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of others, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
• Plan and conduct complex financial, revenue and strategic planning analyses.
• Provide sound technical advice on financial matters to departmental management.
• Conduct and coordinate financial audits.
• Monitor legislative and regulation changes and recommend operational and procedural changes as required.
• Interpret, explain and apply complex policies, regulations and procedures.
• Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence, procedures and other written materials.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with others.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.


To apply please contact Iona Childers at (510) 208-9774 or by email at 

You are encouraged to apply immediately as this posting is open until filled and may close at anytime.



Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer