Capital Finance Director (0933 Manager V) - SFPUC

  • 525 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
  • Full-time
  • Exam Type: Position Based Test
  • Eligible List Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
  • Certification Rule: Rule of the List
  • Fill Type: Permanent Civil Service
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 0933-Manager V

Company Description

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

Job Description

Under general direction, the SFPUC Capital Finance Director is responsible for developing, implementing and administering the SFPUC Capital Financing activities across the agency. The role leads a small group of professionals supporting the agency's capital project funding activities including financing transactions, banking agreements, commercial paper program activities, credit rating activities and debt administration, amongst others. The role serves in a key leadership function at the SFPUC.

What You'll be Doing:

  • Coordinate all capital finance transactions, including revenue bonds and loans, as well as determining the appropriate sizing and timing of the sales
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the SFPUC’s $6+ billion outstanding debt portfolio
  • Manage the daily operations of the SFPUC’s $1.5 billion Commercial Paper Program across three enterprises
  • Coordinate the new SFPUC program development, and alternative capital financing opportunities including low-cost loans, variable rate debt, grants, private placements, etc., which includes strategic planning and decision-making 
  • Develop and report on capital financing assumption alternatives to SFPUC senior management in support of minimizing future year capital cost
  • Supervise and mentor a small group of professional staff
  • Represent the SFPUC before the Commission, Board of Supervisors, rating agencies, institutional investors, governmental agencies and other groups
  • Establish, revise and implement of SFPUC debt policies and procedures
  • Present at national conferences related to capital finance issues
  • Develop and appropriately manage the SFPUC debt service budget including all forward debt service cost projections for the SFPUC budget, financial plans and rate analysis
  • Develop, execute and manage outstanding bond authorization
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation and maintenance of financial, business and related records and reports
  • Oversee the contract administration function
  • Serve as backup for the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, as required
  • Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record and ability to exercise the following competencies:

Set Vision and Direction - Envisions what the future looks like at a defined point, communicates this vision with authentic conviction, and inspires and engages others in creating that future; implements policies and procedures to support the organizational vision, goals, and objectives.

Decision Making and Problem Solving - Takes ownership of problems and makes responsible, transparent, and clear decisions; involves others in addressing problems and seeking solutions; gathers relevant information and conducts appropriate analyses; utilizes creative problem-solving skills; understands the impact of decisions.

Adaptability - Adjusts, perseveres, and succeeds in meeting objectives despite rapidly shifting environment, demands, and resources; reacts appropriately to unexpected and changing conditions or priorities; alters approaches to most effectively address different situations and people; responds positively to tasks and situations outside of comfort zone.

Relationship Management - Builds open, honest, and respectful relationships through effective communication and collaboration techniques; develops networks and lasting partnerships across boundaries to maintain strategic relationships and achieve common goals; utilizes a variety of communication approaches to successfully gain support, influence others, and strengthen relationships.

Strategic Planning - Formulates objectives and priorities, implements plans, and allocates resources to achieve the long-term goals of the organization. 


Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, Finance or a related field

Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience in the investment banking, financial advisory, or fixed asset management industries of which at least three (3) years include supervising professional staff


Education Substitution - Additional qualifying experience as described above may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis for up to two (2) years  (One year of work experience is equal to 30 semester or 45 quarter units).

Experience Substitution - Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, Finance or a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience (but may not substitute for the required supervisory experience). 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in utility municipal finance
  • Experience with capital finance transactions for large capital programs

Verification of Education and Experience:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Additional Information

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening - Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Application Deadline - Monday, December 13, 2021 (extended to widen applicant pool)
  • Compensation Range for the 0933 Manager V Classification
  • Examination Plan consists of a Management Test Battery weighted at 40% and a Training and Experience Supplemental Questionnaire Exam weighted at 60% of the candidate's total score
  • Eligible List duration resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months
  • Certification Rule resulting from this examination will be Rule of the List
  • Exam Type: Combined Entrance and Promotive

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Janina Villanueva at [email protected]

Carol Isen - Human Resources Director

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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