Finance Specialist - Payroll & Benefits

Cambria Community Services District

June 14, 2018                                                                 

Open Recruitment


Finance Specialist – Payroll & Benefits Job Announcement

$60,700 – 73,781, per year


Final Filing Date: July 6, 2018, 4:00 p.m.


The Cambria Community Services District, located on the beautiful central coast of California approximately five miles south of Hearst Castle and 15 miles north of Morro Bay, seeks qualified and highly motivated individuals with a strong work ethic. We are recruiting for one full-time position to fill the position of Finance Specialist – Payroll & Benefits.


The Cambria Community Services District serves a population of approximately 6500 and Cambria is considered one of the most desirable places to live in California. Within thirty minutes of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, Cambria offers a quality of life that provides unlimited outdoor amenities, rugged coastlines, rolling hills, clean air and a Mediterranean climate. Cambria offers excellent schools and a work environment that fosters teamwork, collaborative thinking and a sense of community.


The District shall provide the PERS 2% @ 60 retirement plan for covered employees who are “classic” members hired on or after October 1, 2012, including the 36 highest consecutive months’ final compensation, and the employee shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the employee paid member contribution, through a payroll deduction. For full benefit information please refer to the SEIU Memorandum of Understanding available at


As defined under the Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), miscellaneous "non-classic" employees (aka new members) hired after January 1, 2013 shall be covered under the CalPERS 2% at 62 retirement benefit, including the 36 highest consecutive months’ final compensation, and the employee shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the employee paid member contribution, through a payroll deduction. Eligibility for other benefits provided to “non-classic employees” under this MOU through CalPERS (as stated above) shall be determined by the provisions of PEPRA for "non-classic employees" aka new members.


Under direction of the Finance Manager, this position performs a variety of accounting, payroll/benefits, and financial duties in accordance with District policies and procedures. Performs responsible and complex payroll computational accounting and clerical work in preparation of payroll; assists and advises in the formulation, installation and revision of payroll record keeping procedures; verifies the accuracy of journal and ledger postings and makes adjusting entries when necessary; keeps and maintains a variety of records, journals, ledgers and reports. Prepare and/or audit bank statement reconciliations; process related journal entries and performs related work as required.


The essential duties and responsibilities of the Finance Specialist includes preparing and processing regular and supplemental payroll for all employee groups; preparing vacation and sick leave notices; maintaining employee vacation and sick leave accruals in a spreadsheet; calculates complex retroactive salaries per negotiated contracts; responsible for reconciling the Veterans Hall bank statements; assists with the annual District Budget preparation; interacts with all levels of management, all vendors, employees, group insurance carriers, and medical and dental care providers; explains policies and procedures related to payroll accounting and may advise staff on technical aspects of the payroll system; develops draft written communications informing appropriate District staff of payroll matters; maintains controls for balancing of state and federal taxes, voluntary deductions, CalPERS, unemployment insurance and related matters and files reports as necessary; receives and processes unemployment claims; maintains and audits retirement contributions for the CalPERS Retirement system and ICMA 457 plan; completes and processes enrollment and termination forms for submission to CalPERS; completes forms W-2 & W-3, 1099 & 1096 (annually) including reconciling and coordinates processing of all W-2’s for the purpose of providing employees with accurate salary documentation; calculating, preparing, and filing 1099 forms; assists and consults with the Finance Manager in the preparation of special reports and on unusual problems involving deviation from policy or precedent; able to manage competing priorities with accuracy and efficiency while meeting deadlines; acts as a third back-up to the front desk.


The required qualifications for the Finance Specialist include:


Experience:        Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position or any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above requirements. Experience with a public agency is desirable. 


Education:          Associate of Arts Degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration or related field with minimum of three years of progressive experience in automated payroll and benefits programs, preferably in a public agency, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


License:               Valid California Class “C” driver’s license.  Must maintain satisfactory DMV record and ability to maintain insurability.



If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the Cambria Community Services District Administrative Department at 805-927-6223 and request an application or go to for additional information. A CCSD employment application must be completed in its entirety, which includes answering all the questions on the application, an original signature and proof of the required qualifications. Copied applications will be accepted with a wet signature. If a question on the CCSD employment application doesn’t pertain to the applicant, please write N/A. Do not leave any questions unanswered. For the full description of the position, please visit


If the CCSD application is incomplete and/or proof of required qualifications are not included, applicants will be disqualified. Applications must include proof of required qualifications and are required to be submitted in a sealed envelope to the CCSD District Office Attention: Haley Dodson, no later than Friday, July 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. 


Tentative interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2018.


Please be sure to prepare your calendar to make yourself available in the event you are selected to participate in this interview.