City of West Sacramento
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$124,428.00 - $151,212.00 Annually

The Position

The Finance Manager is an at-will managerial position that reports to the Finance Director. Under general direction, the position acts as the principal administrator in the preparation of the City budget; collaborates with the Finance Director and City Manager to develop budgetary goals, principles and objectives; develops and maintains the City’s long-term financial plans; reviews fiscal operations, practices and internal controls and makes recommendations for improvement; leads in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the City budget and financial planning; manages the City’s fee programs and ensures timely updates and legal compliance; and serves as a subject matter expert in government operations related to budget and fiscal policy development. The Finance Manager is responsible for managing the Revenue/Utility Billing Division through subordinate management staff and the Budget and Development Finance functions with the support of a single Finance Analyst.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced,  dynamic, innovative, and motivated financial professional who enjoys challenges and creative solutions. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and a background in varied, complex municipal budgets with significant experience developing and managing budgets at the city or county level; have a solid understanding of public sector budget practices, and local government funding and operations; and be an enthusiastic advocate for long-range planning and financial sustainability with experience developing financial forecasts and projections. The Finance Manager will be a hands-on leader with a collaborative approach to problem solving; possess strong political acumen with the ability to communicate complex and technical information to a variety of audiences clearly and concisely; and a desire to support organizational needs while ensuring the long-term fiscal health of the City. A manager with a track record of providing support and guidance to a group of motivated professionals in a fast-paced environment, who creates a workplace of mutual trust, respect, and a family-type environment is highly desirable.

Key Attributes and Characteristics 

  • A “roll up one’s sleeves” type of leader who can foster strong, collaborative working relationships with all levels of City staff. 
  • The ability to creatively communicate complex financial information to non-financial audiences verbally and in writing, using graphics, and simple, practical terms. 
  • An active problem solver who anticipates and responds to issues in a timely manner, develops alternative solutions, and is able to achieve resolutions quickly.
  • A management style that looks for continuous ways to improve processes, utilizing technology to create efficiencies. 
  • An active lister, calm under pressure, possessing a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
  • An outstanding manager of people who provides guidance and professional support to staff, offers regular feedback to employees and who’s leadership style is centered around mentoring, coaching, and empowering.


EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Illustrative Only):  Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

 Depending on the assigned area of responsibility, the Finance Manager may:

  • Develop, implement and communicate goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate and oversees the fiscal activities; directs and reviews the work of assigned staff.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures as required; maintains discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Plan, organize, and manage the Citywide budget activities, including development and management of the biennial budget, mid-term budget analysis and revisions, and coordination of the capital improvement program budget with the Capital Projects department and other city departments.
  • Implement and maintain budget systems and digital budget book.
  • Review citywide budget adjustments and budget resolutions and related Council reports.
  • Prepare budgetary reports, analyze significant variances, and present information to City departments, management, City officials, City Council, and the general public.
  • Forecast revenues and expenditures, maintain long-term financial models, and develop strategies to fund projects and maintain fiscal sustainability and stability of City funding sources.
  • Provide labor negotiation costing and support. 
  • Meet and coordinates with outside auditors; maintains and collects appropriate documentation and serves as the primary contact throughout the audit.
  • Manage the debt, investment and cash management programs for the City, the Yolo-Sacramento Port District (Port) and the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA); oversee and monitors the investment portfolio and special program accounts, including grant programs, special assessments, capital projects.
  • Coordinate and participate in the preparation and analysis of  various financial statements, schedules, and reports; develop formats for the preparation of financial reports of the City and its agencies; ensure financial statements are prepared in a timely basis in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and related governmental accounting regulations.
  • Work with outside financial advisors and the investment banking community in developing capital financing for the City and its agencies; manage the monitoring and compliance of bond indenture requirements on the City’s long-term debt; work with financial advisors and underwriters to structure debt financing.
  • Analyze, develop and implement public financing solutions.
  • In coordination with Development Services, administer development impact fee program.
  • Administer special assessments on properties for bonded indebtedness, capital costs, maintenance costs, etc.
  • Assist in the development and administration of fees and charges, including development impact fees and user fees.
  • Perform or serve as liaison with outside consultants to conduct complex financial studies; prepare a variety of periodic and special financial and other reports as required; perform work on special projects as assigned.
  • Represent the department by participating in outside community, professional groups and committees; provide technical and staff assistance to the City Council, Commissions, Committees and other management staff in matters related to financial support activities and programs, as necessary; and respond to a variety of technical inquiries and difficult citizen complaints regarding the City’s financial activities. 
  • Build and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Act in the absence of the Finance Director.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skill.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:


Education:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, accounting, public finance, economics or a closely related field.  


Experience:  Five (5) years of professional accounting or budget experience, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience.  Public agency, infrastructure and development financing experience preferred. 


LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:  Possession of a valid California driver's license. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation preferred.