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Eastern Municipal Water District

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Financial Manager (Payroll)

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Finance and Accounting

Job Location

Perris, CA

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Salary Range

$122,366.40 - $152,297.60

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Eastern Municipal Water District is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a vacancy in our Finance/Payroll Department for the position of Financial Manager.  If you meet the qualifications outlined below, and you are interested in joining a dynamic business environment working with a stellar team of professionals, we encourage you to apply for this excellent employment opportunity!


CLOSING DATE & TIME:  Open until filled - Next application review on September 7, 2023 at 4:00PM Pacific Time

SALARY:  Range 223   $58.83 - $73.22 Hourly; $10,197.20 - $12,691.47 Monthly 

Under general direction, the Financial Manager (Payroll) for Eastern Municipal Water District plans, organizes, directs, and implements financial strategies; plans, organizes, and manages the District’s financial affairs, including but not limited to one or more areas of financial planning for budgeting, rate setting, treasury and debt management, capital projects, accounting, project accounting, payroll accounting, and performs related duties, as assigned.  This position receives general direction from the Controller and exercises direct supervision over professional and technical staff.

The ideal candidate for this position will have six (6) to eight (8) years of California payroll and payroll tax experience with the last five (5) years as a payroll manager. Government payroll and accounting work experience is highly desirable.

This is a confidential, non-represented management classification responsible for planning, organizing, reviewing, and evaluating the work of assigned staff. Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities. Positions in the classification rely on experience and judgment to perform assigned duties. Assignments are given with general guidelines and incumbents are responsible for establishing objectives, timelines, and methods to complete assignments. Work is typically reviewed upon completion for soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements.

EMWD’s mission is to deliver value to our diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable services. 

EMWD is a leader in sustainability efforts that provide long-term benefits to the environment and establishes EMWD as an industry front-runner in adapting to climate change. We have invested in solar energy programs that provide significant environmental benefits, are modernizing our fleet vehicles to be further reliant on clean energy, and have a long-term strategic priority to further reduce our carbon footprint while reducing financial impacts to customers.

Required Skills


  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Administrative principles and methods including goal setting, program development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Payroll and timekeeping principles and best practices.
  • Principles and practices of general, fund, and governmental accounting, including financial statement preparation.
  • Principles and practices of cost and fixed asset accounting.
  • Internal control and audit principles and practices.
  • GAAP, GASB, and GFOA accounting standards and requirements.
  • Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • District operations and functions and associated financial management issues.
  • Organization and functions of a public Board of Directors.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.


  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Finance Division and the District.
  • Prepare, administer, and monitor a division/department budget.
  • Evaluate financial programs and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive financial and treasury statements, correspondence, reports, studies, and other written materials.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Required Experience

Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, along with the specific licenses/certifications as outlined below:


  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional finance and accounting program experience, of which two (2) years is in a supervisory capacity.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, financial management, or a related field.


  • License as a Certified Public Accountant highly desirable.

This position is located at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.