Manager of Public Finance - Controller's Office (0931)

  • 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: 0931-Manager III

Company Description

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

The Controller is the City’s Chief Financial Officer. Our team includes financial, technology, analytical and other professionals who work hard to secure the City’s financial integrity and promote efficient, effective and accountable government. We hold ourselves to high standards and strive to be a model for good government. We value the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences of our teams and clients in everything we do. We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment, promote equal opportunity, and invest in the professional development and wellbeing of our team members. You can expect to work alongside colleagues who are committed to serving the public with integrity and want to see positive impacts from their work. We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who want to make a difference and use government to play a role in solving our City’s problems, including addressing long-standing and harmful disparities in our communities. For a career with purpose and professional growth, join us in the Controller’s Office.

Office of Public Finance
The Office of Public Finance (OPF) manages a multi-billion municipal debt portfolio, oversees the issuance of all new debt secured by property taxes, special taxes and general fund sources, and initiates the City’s debt policies and procedures and provides technical expertise for the preparation and monitoring of the City’s Ten-Year Capital Plan.  Debt management includes compliance with contractual bond covenants, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) acts, U.S. Treasury regulations and IRS rules for tax-exempt securities.  As a result of the dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies in 2012, OPF is now charged with the formation and administration of Community Facilities Districts (CFDs), Special Tax Districts (STDs), and Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs) to pay for the acquisition or construction of infrastructure and facilities within specific boundaries.  IFDs allow for the capture of property tax increment for affordable housing and reimbursement of eligible public infrastructure expenses.  CFDs allow for the levy of supplemental assessment on development parcels which will reimburse eligible public infrastructure expenses.

For more information on the Office of Public Finance, visit:

Job Description

Position Description:

Under general direction, the Manager of Public Finance will serve as the Deputy Director of OPF operating within a broad policy framework, helping manage the Office of Public Finance's (OPF) multi-billion debt portfolio.  In addition to helping to manage OPF's current debt portfolio, the Manager of Public Finance will also be responsible for (i) issuing new debt, (ii) initiating policy and procedures, (iii) monitoring the ten-year capital plan and (iv) preparing a variety of comprehensive, complex and sensitive reports for a variety of audiences.  The incumbent will form and administer CFDs, STDs and IFDs, including defining the new organizational structure, staffing requirements, resource allocation and identification of future resource needs.   This position makes decisions with significant consequence of errors and interfaces with all managerial levels of city/county government and outside agencies.  The Manager of Public Finance will serve as a representative of the division or department in meetings involving administrative systems, policies or procedures; and perform related duties as required.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing the day-to-day operations of OPF’s debt portfolio
  • Providing daily management and leadership, and having decision-making authority regarding debt financing;
  • Manages the work of and coaches OPF staff to improve performance and promote Office efficiencies
  • Planning and development of debt management policies and procedures to implement the debt management goals and objectives of the City;
  • Assisting the Director in the management of multi-billion dollar debt portfolio;
  • Representing the Office of Public Finance before the Board of Supervisors, rating agencies, institutional investors, governmental agencies and other groups;
  • Presenting at national conferences related to debt administration; and
  • Acting for the Director of the Office of Public Finance, as required.
  • Coordinating capital planning, bond financing and budgeting with other City departments;
  • Supervising and participating in the preparation and maintenance of financial, business and related records and reports; including continuing disclosure
  • Helping to oversee the operating budget for the Office of Public Finance;
  • Overseeing procurement and contract administration functions; and
  • Performing other related duties and special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in accounting, finance, economics, public or business administration or related field, AND

Experience: Five (5) years working in complex budget analysis, financial/fiscal analysis, contract administration, policy analysis; AND two (2) years in public debt management and bond issuance with management of debt portfolios; and three (3) year's experience managing and supervising staff.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring

  • The ideal candidate will be a motivated leader who is professional, team oriented, collaborative, and politically savvy. 
  • Possession of a proven track record of thriving in a high profile and dynamic environment of interesting challenges and multiple priorities. 
  • Proven ability to interact skillfully and tactfully with people at all levels of the organization, government agencies, community partners and business representatives. 
  • Superior oral communication and written skills, including presentation to a variety of diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Experience in municipal finance or public policy highly desired.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Experience forming and managing Special Tax Districts and Infrastructure Financing Districts.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to capital finance.
  • Experience in managing complex capital programs.
  • Ability to conduct oral presentations to senior management and stakeholders.
  • Experience with Commercial Paper programs.


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. 

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Additional Information

SELECTION PLANAfter application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Oran Examination (Weight: 100%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be assessed through a structured oral examination designed to measure their relative knowledge. skills and ability level in job-related areas. A passing score must be acheieved on the Oral Examination to be ranked on the eligible list/score report. 

Eligible List/Score Report:

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 6 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see here.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at .

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

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


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst Karena Phung at [email protected] 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.