Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees. The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."
Ventura County is a "general law" county, governed by a five-member, elected–by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer (CEO) to oversee the County budget, day-to-day operations, as well as to advise, assist and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board's jurisdiction.
County operations have an operating budget of approximately $2.3 billion with a staffing allocation of 8,900. The County has excellent financial standing with its Aaa and AAA rating, the highest possible long-term bond rating, from Moody's and Standard & Poor's respectively. The County excels in its financial and business operations which are based in continuous process improvement.
THE AUDITOR CONTROLLER'S OFFICE
By State Law, the Auditor-Controller is charged with the responsibilities normally associated with that of the Chief Financial Officer. The office is charged with the establishment and supervision of the accounting and financial operations of all activities under control of the Board of Supervisors. The Auditor-Controller provides the County with professional fiscal leadership to protect the interests of the citizens of Ventura County; promotes public oversight; and provides accountability. These services are performed in a customer oriented, efficient, economical, and effective manner.
Under general supervision (I), direction (II), or under general direction (Senior), the Finance Analyst conducts studies to evaluate existing fiscal controls, accounting standards, and/or legislative impact for the Financial Management Section of the Auditor-Controller's Office; performs countywide oversight duties and coordinates multi-agency fiscal programs; develops recommendations/strategies to address structural accounting issues and options.
Each successive level in the Finance Analyst series is distinguished by the scope of independence and responsibility with the level being commensurate with the complexity of tasks, special projects and studies assigned.
Finance Analyst I
At the entry level, the emphasis is on learning the operations and processes related to Financial Reporting conducting simple to moderate fiscal studies that are limited in scope and complexity. Work typically involves a well-defined segment of a major program, or is guided by well precedented projects. As experience is gained, and over a period of time, incumbents will assume the increasingly responsible duties associated with the full journey level of the series; however, formal assignment to the journey level is at the discretion and approval of management.
Finance Analyst II
This is the fully experienced journey-level competent to independently perform the full range of duties assigned and conducts fiscal studies that are difficult in nature requiring an in-depth and practical knowledge and skill in applying this knowledge to the analysis and development of new solutions, methods, approaches or procedures.
Senior Finance Analyst
This is the advanced journey level and conducts the most complex fiscal studies that require a significant level of independent judgment requiring a specialized technical or functional expertise including performance of duties in a project management capacity. Supervisory duties over lower level staff may also be included.
The successful candidate must possess knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and financial reporting; experience with financial statement preparation; and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong analytical skills, working knowledge of large automated financial systems, have experience in governmental accounting, the ability to act as team lead, and a desire to continually expand his/her knowledge in the areas of accounting.
The Financial Analyst I is a Management non-exempt classification and eligible for overtime compensation. The Financial Analyst II and Senior are Management exempt classifications and not eligible for overtime compensation.
EDUCATION, TRAINING and EXPERIENCE
Considerable education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by a Bachelor's degree with at least eighteen (18) semester units of accounting coursework including an upper-division accounting course, two (2) courses of Intermediate Accounting or similar coursework, and six (6) units of upper-division coursework in the business administration field. AND
Finance Analyst I
Four years (4) of progressively responsible professional experience as an accountant, auditor, or analyst which included responsibilities for the evaluation of accounting program analysis, or cost accounting models.
Finance Analyst II
Five years (5) of progressively responsible professional experience as an accountant, auditor, or analyst which included responsibilities for the evaluation of accounting program analysis, or cost accounting models; OR
One (1) year as a Finance Analyst I for the County of Ventura.
Senior Finance Analyst
Six years (6) of progressively responsible professional experience as an accountant, auditor, or analyst, one (1) year of which must be at the Project Leader level overseeing the design and implementation of accounting program analysis, or cost accounting models. OR
Two (2) years as a Finance Analyst II for the County of Ventura.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license.
Preparing financial statements;
Performing variance analysis;
Financial Accounting in a government or business-sector environment;
Evaluating and reconciling financial data from financial software applications used for financial reporting and accounting functions;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word.
Verification of the required college degree and college-level coursework is required.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
Reviewing, analyzing and interpreting changes in legislation affecting governmental financial operations;
Leading, building, training and coaching teams;
Time management, setting priorities, planning and organizing work and delegating when necessary.
This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
The first review of applications is anticipated to take place on or around October 30, 2020, and will continue until the pool is sufficient to meet business needs.
Note to Applicants: Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work Experience portions of the application and supplemental questionnaire to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.