Exempt (Salary) – Management Bargaining Unit

This job description indicates the range of duties performed by the controller. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties.

2021 SALARY Schedule

$123,745 – $150,413 annually


Final filing deadline: Open until filled

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


Under general direction of the chief financial officer, the controller is responsible for the full financial accounting function of the District including accounts payable, billing, accounts receivable, cash receipts, payroll, general ledger, and fixed assets, culminating with financial statements, both monthly and audited annual financial statements. Within the finance and administration department, the controller supervises the accounting and customer service team which at this time comprises 5 personnel including the controller.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Some of these duties will be delegated.

  1. Prepare monthly and annual financial statements.
  2. Prepare monthly investment report.
  3. Maintain the general ledger including preparation and review of journal entries, and ensuring performance of necessary general ledger account reconciliations.
  4. Prepare periodic cash forecast.
  5. Manage the month-end and annual closing procedures.
  6. Prepare quarterly and annual payroll and use tax reports.
  7. Assist with preparation of the budget for the finance and administration department and with implementation of the District-wide budget.
  8. Assist with preparation and audit of the annual financial report including cooperation with external auditors and preparation of financial statements including note disclosures.
  9. Train, develop, evaluate, and supervise accounting and customer service team.
  10. Establish work priorities for the accounting and customer service team to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  11. Prepare a variety of periodic reports and conduct or oversee special analyses and other projects.
  12. Receive payments and prepare bank deposits.
  13. Assist customers in person and over the phone, as needed.
  14. Develop, implement and monitor internal controls to ensure that accounting activities comply with all requirements.
  15. Perform on-line banking transactions including direct deposits, wire transfers, remote deposits, ACH payments and payroll tax deposits.
  16. Perform other duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices of employee supervision, training, and performance evaluations.
  2. Theory, principles, methods, and procedures of accountancy including professional level knowledge of GAAP. Experience with GASB standards is preferred but not essential.
  3. Property tax assessment and collection procedures including knowledge of relevant sections of the California Water Code.
  4. Principles and procedures of payroll processing.
  5. Pertinent laws and regulations.

Ability to:

  1. Provide leadership to employees.
  2. Interpret and apply GAAP to solve difficult and novel accounting problems.
  3. Develop, interpret, and apply District policies and regulations.
  4. Resolve complex and sensitive customer service issues.
  5. Analyze and improve processes and procedures.
  6. Analyze and interpret accounting records and data.
  7. Use typical accounting and office software.
  8. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  9. Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years of increasingly responsible accounting and finance work.
Two years of coordinating and managing the work of others.

Education, License or Certificate:
A bachelor’s degree with a CPA license or a CMA certificate, or an MBA with a concentration in accounting coursework, or the equivalent.
Possession of a California driver’s license. A driving record of at least two years duration, without multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents. Possession and continuance of a driving record that does not cause adverse effect on the District’s automobile insurance rates is required.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to climb ladders and stairs to seek and retrieve records and documents from multi-level storage areas; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard and mouse; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Must file an annual Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700).

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. It is not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time to time as deemed necessary or prudent by the Manager.