Chief Financial Officer

County of Santa Barbara
Until Filled

Chief Financial Officer
SALARY: $114,084 – $140,625 ANNUALLY DOE/DOQ
This salary range reflects the negotiable range for hire, however the top of the range for future career and salary advancement tops at $167,167

Join us today and enjoy a career where you can make a difference!

Santa Barbara County is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Social Services. We are seeking a finance and accounting professional who has organizational leadership skills, financial acumen, strategic business thinking, technically savvy business strengths and experience with complex financial systems and programs in a governmental organization, preferably a health and human services organization. We are looking for a professional who understands accounting, but also sees the bigger picture and can make decisions accordingly. As CFO you will be an integral part of the Department’s leadership and management team. Come to the County of Santa Barbara and join a great team in Social Services and enjoy a career where you can make a difference and improve the lives of our constituents!
For more information, please see the complete recruitment brochure:

This is a key leadership position within the Department of Social Services overseeing the Fiscal Division. This position is part of a leadership team of 30 and supports over 750 positions in 7 locations. This is a civil service leadership position that reports to the Deputy Director over Administration and oversees the department budget of $191 million. The CFO will oversee three-four direct reports, including a fiscal manager, and 29 indirect staff located primarily in three locations across the County (Santa Barbara/Goleta, Lompoc, and Santa Maria).

Our ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, confident, articulate, and passionate about the work they do. We are looking for someone who understands and has a passion for finance and accounting and able to effectively communicate complex concepts to a both technical and lay audiences. Our ideal candidate is a transparent and collaborative leader with unquestionable ethics, and experience overseeing complex finance and accounting, preferably with a like sized public sector organization in health and human services. The next CFO for Social Services will demonstrate politically savvy and emotional intelligence, question the status quo, improve how we do business, and focus on finding ways to get to “yes.”

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: include the core competencies and experience listed below:

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social or behavioral sciences or management such as business administration, organizational management, public administration, or a directly related degree, and

• Five years of progressively responsible experience in budgeting, finance or accounting of a like sized organization.

• CPA is desirable but not required.


• Annual Salary: $114,084 – $140,625 annually DOE/DOQ. This salary range reflects the negotiable range for hire, however the top of the range for future career and salary advancement tops at $167,167.

• Benefits: CLICK HERE

This is an open continuous recruitment; however, apply by September 8th for first consideration.
Online Application: The County of Santa Barbara offers a simple and convenient online application (application process should only take 15 minutes).

Recruitment Process / Save the Date!
Applications/resumes will be screened, after which phone screens will be conducted with top applicants.
Interviews will take place on September 30th and October 1st; candidates will need to be available for both days.

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:
866-929-WBCP (9227) toll free
541-664-0376 (direct)

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