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Chief Financial Officer - Human Rights Commission (0951)

Recruitment: RTF0132949-01152222

Published: June 03, 2023

Accepting applications until: June 20, 2023


Kristen Erbst -

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Department: Human Rights Commission
Job class: 0951-Deputy Director I
Starting salary range: $128,050.00 - $163,514.00 (Range A)
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


This job ad has been extended to Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 11:59 PM. 

Compensation Range: $122,200 - $156,026 Annually (Range A); $156,052 - $180,622 Annually (Range B); $180,648 - $189,644 Annually (Range C)

The roots of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) go back to 1964, when the modern day civil rights movement manifested in San Francisco through demonstrations against hotels, supermarkets, drive-in theaters, and automobile showrooms that discriminated against African Americans. In early 1964, Mayor John F. Shelley appointed an interim committee on human relations, which subsequently recommended to the Board of Supervisors that a permanent Human Rights Commission be established.

Today, the Human Rights Commission advocates for human and civil rights, and works in service of the City’s anti-discrimination laws to further racial solidarity, equity, and healing. For over 60 years, HRC has grown in response to San Francisco’s mandate to address the causes of and problems resulting from prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination through the following work:

  • Advocating for human and civil rights
  • Investigating and mediating discrimination complaints
  • Resolving community disputes and issues involving individual or systemic illegal discrimination
  • Providing technical assistance, information, and referrals to individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies related to human rights and social services.

Role description

Under general direction of the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) manages the financial and administrative functions of multiple, special funds department. Special funds have various legal and operational considerations requiring the CFO to ensure compliance with various city and state regulations. Supervises accounting and purchasing functions. Manages reporting of multiple special funds and overall department budget. Works with HRC staff; city departments; suppliers and others on finance, budget and administration matters.

Exercises supervision, coordination and control of the Finance Division including fiscal management, purchasing, cashiering, etc.


  • Analyzes and ensures compliances with applicable laws, regulations and procedures
  • Directs the preparation of department fiscal and statistical reports; proposed programs and assists in development and monitoring of performance measures.
  • Directs and drafts reports to the Executive Director recommending actions and/or improvements to department internal operations.
  • Analyzes accounting, financial, and internal operations workload and reviews subordinate personnel performances to determine most efficient manner of performing Finance division work and improve performance.
  • Assists with budget including, fiscal year budget development, mid-year budget adjustments, financial reporting, and year-end financial statement analytics etc.
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; determines service levels and resource allocation in support of the department’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Directs department-wide budget development and controls, budgetary goal setting, budget process definition, and development of budget strategies by participating in in departmental budget hearings and negotiations on budgetary allocations within the department and with other City government stakeholders
  • Develops long-range plans and financial forecasts, including by analyzing the fiscal impact of proposed and new federal, state, and local legislation or policies.
  • Directs the design and preparation of financial reports, studies, and analysis on financial matters for executive leaders and policy makers; coordinates reporting to the Mayor’s Office and the Controller’s Office.
  • Uses the City’s Financial and Procurement System for processing, tracking, and reporting activities related to finance, budget, contracts etc. Provides training to end users.
  • Monitors and coordinates capital financing programs for the department, including the repair and/or replacement of capital items, and makes determinations regarding financial feasibility of capital programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration or finance, or a related field; AND 

2. Three (3) years of senior level managerial experience performing complex finance and budget work in a governmental or large organization (all of which must include supervisory).

Experience Substitution: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, public administration, business administration or finance may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. 

Education Substitution: May substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in complex finance and budget work.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with local government operations, including county public health and health care delivery services.
  • Familiarity with government budgeting, accounting, finance, and administration.
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to operate in a collaborative, shared leadership environment, influence results, motivate individuals and teams, and resolve problems in a diplomatic professional manner
  • Experience working with the PeopleSoft Financials
  • Experience interacting effectively with diverse communities similar to those found in San Francisco

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

What else should I know?

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

Exempt employment

This role is exempt from the San Francisco Civil Service Rules, and employment is at the discretion of the appointing officer. (Category 6)

For any questions regarding the position or hiring process- please contact the recruitment analyst, Kristen Erbst at

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

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.