First 5 Contra Costa is seeking a visionary and experienced leader to serve as the Finance and Operations Director. As a thought partner for the agency’s leadership team, the Finance and Operations Director will exhibit a commitment and passion for First 5’s mission and values of diversity and inclusion, equity, cultural humility, and community partnership.
The ideal candidate must be a self-motivated individual with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. S/he she will be collaborative, inclusive, tech savvy, and committed to exceptional customer service. Preferred candidates will demonstrate the ability to hit the ground running, and possess knowledge and experience in governmental budgeting; audit preparation; accounting functions including A/P, A/R, and bank reconciliation; all relevant federal and state laws; retirement and benefits costs including OPEB and CERBT; and, GASB standards.
The successful candidate must be able to take all individual aspects of the finance function and expertly coordinate them as part of the agency’s comprehensive finance strategy, consistently delivering timely, accurate information to the Deputy and Executive Directors and the Commission. Most importantly, the successful candidate must be able to communicate complex budget and finance concepts in a manner that is easily understood by anyone, regardless of the listener’s experience or level of sophistication.