0951 Deputy Director of Finance & Administration

Recruitment #PEX-0951-904357


Application Review Begins to February 12, 2021. Position may close at any time, but not before February 22nd at 5pm.

0951 Deputy Director of Administration and Finance

San Francisco Arts Commission

Recruitment #PEX-0951-904357

MISSION The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.

RACIAL EQUITY STATEMENT The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to creating a city where all artists and cultural workers have the freedom, resources and platform to share their stories, art and culture and where race does not predetermine one’s success in life. We also acknowledge that we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. Fueled by these beliefs, we commit to addressing the systemic inequities within our agency, the City and County of San Francisco and the broader arts and culture sector. This work requires that we focus on race as we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present and develop effective strategies to move all of us towards an equitable future.

Job Description

The Deputy Director of Administration & Finance will be responsible for overseeing the Administrative team, which includes finance, operations, IT, and human resources.   Please visit our website for more information on our work: https://www.sfartscommission.org/  

The Deputy Director of Administration & Finance will supervise the Finance and Accounting Team and the Office Manager.  The Deputy Director of Administration & Finance will report to the Director of Cultural Affairs.


Essential Duties:


  • Supervise the work of three direct reports including Finance and Accounting Team, Capital Analyst and the Office Manager.
  • Develop and manage an agency wide budget of $36M inclusive of multiple revenue sources. Responsible for the final review and approval of all capital and operating expenditures including purchase orders, work authorizations, personal services contracts and grants.
  • Oversee agency performance measures, program evaluations, and requests for data as needed, including the first cost projection modeling tool for the City’s civic art collection; development of a comprehensive database (Salesforce); and a strategic racial equity plan.
  • In partnership with the Department of Human Resources, manage all personnel issues for the staff of 40 FTE, including recruitment, hiring, and retention; performance plans and reviews; leaves of absence; worker compensation claims; employee labor relations; and separations.
  • Responsible for creation of new legislation and any amendments to existing legislation. Serve as liaison to the Board of Supervisors, representing the department as necessary.
  • Work closely with the City Attorney’s Office on a wide range of issues affecting the department to ensure Arts Commission compliance on all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Oversee office facility needs including IT.
  • Present regularly to the Executive Committee and full Commission on financial matters and/or programmatic/policy issues as needed.
  • Serve as Acting Director when Director is traveling or otherwise unavailable.


Knowledge and Abilities


  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations pertaining to activities and functions of the Arts Commission; modern management and financial principles and practices; and functional expertise associated with the Arts Commission’s mission.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership skills; direct subordinate staff engaged in diverse activities; exercise administrative ingenuity, independent analysis, adaptability and judgment on highly specialized proposals with difficult, complicated choices of action; make recommendations and present them effectively to the Mayor, commissions, boards, committees, other agencies and the public; apply the principles and practices of public administration, financial and personnel management; clearly interpret all applicable laws, ordinances and codes; direct research, survey techniques and statistical methods; communicate effectively with subordinates, other city employees, the general public, members of civic organizations, or other agencies; and provide guidance to managers in a calm, effective manner in crisis situations.  

Desirable Qualifications


  • Senior-level management experience in budget and finance, HR, IT and operations;
  • A strong understanding of the principles of racial equity, and experience applying an equity lens to your work;
  • Experience serving the public, particularly marginalized communities;
  • Experience working in government and navigating bureaucracy;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Adaptable and responsive to feedback with a passion for learning and working collaboratively;
  • An interest in serving San Francisco’s arts and culture ecosystem.

How To Apply

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.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

A resume and a cover letter highlighting how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications or any relevant experience is REQUIRED at the time of filing and must be attached to the online application. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that 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).

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 hr analyst, Heather Johnson, by email at heather.johnson@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

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

Selection Procedures

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. 

**Amended to Add: Final candidate(s) will be invited to take the Management Test Battery (MTB). The exam results will be for informational purposes only.**

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree; AND

Experience: Five (5) years of senior level management experience in accounting or fiscal operations; two (2) of which must include supervisory experience

May substitute up to 2 years of education with additional years of experience.

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.

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.

Issued:  2/8/2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 904357
ART/ HJ / 415-557-4922


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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