Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Financial Analyst, Social Services Agency

Recruitment #13-0209-01

Introduction

 

THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION.  The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you are currently on the list and you choose to reapply you will forfeit your current rank and score. Your new score/disposition will replace your current score and rank. In order to do this, please contact the examination analyst to have your previous application released back to you at ione.bell@acgov.org . This list may be canceled at any time without notice to candidates. Please contact human resources if you would like additional information.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) is comprised of 2,400 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community. Services are provided through five departments: Agency Administration and Finance, Adult, Aging and Medical Services, Children and Family Services, Workforce and Benefit Administration and Policy Office.

The Agency assists approximately 11.3 percent of Alameda County's residents. Benefits programs contribute over $278 million to the local economy through cash assistance and CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps). Every month, more than 52,000 people receive CalWORKs (assistance for families with children), CalFresh and General Assistance. Every month health insurance is made available to more than 78,000 people through the Medi-Cal program. More than 11,000 frail, elderly and disabled individuals receive in-home care, adult protection and support managing their affairs monthly and 16,000 seniors will receive services through the Area Agency on Aging throughout the year. 3,700 children are in foster care. More than 1,600 reports of child abuse or neglect are filed with SSA each month. Emergency shelter is made available to 415 people nightly.

DESCRIPTION

The Position

 

Financial Analyst, SSA is located in the Finance Division of the Social Services Agency.  They provide a wide variety of highly complex, professional financial services to the Social Services Agency and the organization unit assigned, including budget analysis, development and monitoring, financial forecasting, legislative analysis and report preparation.  Financial Analyst, SSA recommend and assist with the implementation of fiscal program, policy and procedure modifications, assist with general administrative support and perform related work as required.

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE

 

In addition to meeting the established minimum qualifications, the Ideal Candidate will possess, but not limited to the following critical attributes:

 

ü  Proven experience in governmental budget development, financial processes and systems, specifically budget preparation, analysis and forecasting.

ü  Exceptional organization skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet critical deadlines, while maintaining high standards for quality.

ü  Detail orientation and flexibility; able to work quickly, effectively and accurately in a fast-paced, and changing environment.

ü  An exceptional communication skill, both written and oral, e.g., demonstrates the ability to interpret and explain complex regulations and procedures, and prepare clear and accurate financial reports.

ü  Strong collaboration skills with the ability to function well in support of a team of co-workers or independently to accomplish the goals of the Finance Department.  In addition, the candidate is able to develop and maintain work relationships with key stakeholders to provide assistance as needed regarding operational or service delivery policies and guidelines.

ü  Strong computer and software skills with the ability to create spreadsheets and perform financial analysis.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EITHER I
Experience:

Three years of full time experience equivalent to or higher than the class of Financial Services Specialist II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office and the Hospital Authority.)

OR II
Education:

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major coursework in business or public administration, economics, financial planning or a field related to the work. (Masters degree desirable.)

AND
Experience:

The equivalent of three years of full-time professional level experience in independently providing complex financial planning or analysis and/or budget development and processing at a level equivalent to or higher than the County class of Financial Services Specialist II.

Licenses:

Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of operational, policy and programmatic research and quantitative analysis.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget development and administration.
• Principles and practices of cost benefit analysis and controls.
• Practices and techniques of statistical analysis and report preparation.
• Accounting principles.
• Computer applications and hardware and software related to the work.
• Budgetary and financial cost/expense tracking.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
• Social Service program deliveries.
• Federal, State and local regulations and guidelines related to the assigned duties.

Ability to:

• Plan, design and conduct sophisticated operational, management and related studies and analyses.
• Research, compile and summarize varied information, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
• Interpret, explain and apply complex policies, regulations and procedures.
• Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence, procedures, policies and other written materials.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with others.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
• Direct and review the work of others on a project basis.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.  CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.  We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN


Deadline for Filing:                                                             April 11, 2014

Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                      TBD

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for best qualified:      TBD

Panel Interviews week of                                                    TBD

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Analyst listing on the job announcement before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.
For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

 

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

 

Ione Bell, Human Resources Analyst II

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

510-272-6456