0903 - Finance Director

Recruitment #PEX-0903-110963


Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

0903 – Mayoral Staff XV

Finance Director

Filing Deadline:  Continuous

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement will remain open until a sufficient candidate pool has been attained.  The earliest the filing deadline may close 5pm on  April 30, 2021.

Who We Are

As a national leader in the fields of affordable housing and community development, the mission of San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is to support San Franciscans with affordable housing opportunities and essential services to build strong communities.  Our programs create and preserve affordable housing, protect vulnerable residents, and empower communities and neighborhoods. We center all of our work in a racial equity framework.

The Fiscal team ensures the department’s financial obligations are paid swiftly and accurately, following appropriate procedures and internal controls.  We strive to offer an excellent customer service experience with every interaction and support each other every day as colleagues and friends.

The Position

The 0903 Mayoral Staff XV – Finance Director reports to the Deputy Director – Finance and Administration at MOHCD. This position partners closely with the Deputy Director to manage highly complex and sensitive financial programs and the department’s annual expenditures of approximately $450M.

The essential functions of this job include:

  • Oversees and directly performs highly complex accounting functions consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), auditing procedures, and City policies.
  • Supervises, plans, directs and coordinates workload and assignments for professional accounting staff.
  • Assigns, manages, and evaluates fiscal and accounting work including purchasing activities, payroll and general ledger analyses, accounts receivables, payables, grants, bonds, revenue, cost allocation, expenditures, and other accounting activities.
  •  Plans, directs and performs analysis and reconciliation of fiscal and accounting records and reports from automated financial information systems. 
  •  Reviews transactions to conform with existing fiscal and legal requirements; supervises staff in reviewing financial documents, disbursements and encumbrances to ensure conformance with budget and fiscal procedures.
  • Coordinates team responses to annual audits, including Single Audit. 
  • Prepares and presents reports orally and in writing to management, accounting staff and other stakeholders including the Citizen’s General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee (CGOBOC).
  •  Prepares legislative action items to be presented to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors related to the receipt of revenues, the expenditure of funds, and grants received.
  • Departmental resource for proper procurement of professional services.

This position also assists in developing and monitoring the annual operating budget; overseeing the monitoring of contracts with regard to budget and fiscal considerations; monitoring actual spending and preparing monthly analysis and forecast reports; and assisting in the development and preparation of various critical budget and finance reports.  The position also performs special projects and other duties as assigned. 

Desirable Qualifications

·     Familiarity with the City and County of San Francisco’s financial processes and systems.

·     Possession of a Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, public policy, city planning, or closely related field.

·     Budget experience in a municipal organization.

·     Advanced Excel skills.

·        Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complicated financial information in a simple, accessible manner.

·       Possession of CMA and/or CPA certification.

·       Government audit experience.


1.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, economics, public policy, city planning, or a related field.  


2. Six years of professional accounting experience which includes analysis or problem solving.  Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system (preferably a government system), performing difficult and responsible accounting and reporting work, preparing financial reports in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Experience must include two years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff.

Substitution:  A Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, public policy, city planning, or closely related field may substitute for one of the six required years of professional accounting experience.   


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

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  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

People of color and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please submit completed application (which includes job history) AND a cover letter in PDF format briefly describing your relevant experience and your interest in the position.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement..

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Karen Henderson by email at karen.henderson@sfgov.org 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Plan

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Exam Type:  Permanent Exempt
Issued:  04/14/2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0903-110963
Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development/ KH/ 415-701-5557


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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