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Nothing turns neighbors into friends faster than powerful moments of shared community engagement. CARD continually aspires to keep pace with community engagement and needs by offering innovative programs, sports activities for young and old, classes designed to teach people something new, explore artistic talents and improve abilities through a variety of activities. If you are passionate about being a part of an agency that promotes community engagement and recreation, than this position may be for you. The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is looking for a dynamic and creative leader to fill this management position. The ideal candidate will be a bold visionary with outstanding accounting and management skills. Demonstrated success in team leadership, change management and strategic planning is a must. In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in fiscal responsibility, possess excellent oral and written communication skills and be confident, collaborative and a decisive leader with good judgment. This position reports directly to the General Manager.

About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

As a California Recreation and Park District, the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) is committed to improving and protecting the quality of life for all residents of the Greater Chico Area by providing essential recreation, park and open space facilities and services. The District accepts this public trust and conversely expects each of its employees to do the same.

About CARD

For 70+ years, CARD has provided parks and recreation services in Chico, CA.  Oversite is provided by a 5-member elected board of directors. CARD provides quality recreational programs and facilities for the greater Chico area. Parks are beautifully maintained, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities are offered for all ages and abilities. Services include community parks that are home to a wide variety of sports fields, neighborhood parks that are nestled in the beautiful neighborhoods of Chico, a gym which is home to successful youth and adult sports programs, Chico Creek Nature Center and, 4 community centers which include 2 premier wedding venues.

About Chico
Chico is located in the north end of the Sacramento Valley. Home to California State University, Chico and Butte Community College (home of Aaron Rodgers), Chico has something for everyone. Beautiful natural surroundings, quality shopping, cultural opportunities in both indoor and outdoor settings, quality education opportunities for children and a fun and unique downtown area.


In addition to the positive work environment, CARD offers a fantastic benefit package that includes 80 hours of paid vacation, 80 hours of administrative leave, 12 days of paid sick leave, 6 additional days of holiday pay between the Christmas and New Year holidays along with thirteen (13) paid holidays throughout the year and, defined contribution of $1075 per month toward health, dental and vision benefits, and company provided Life Insurance and Employee Assistance Program.

This position participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Classic Members in this position will contribute 8% and New Members will contribute 6.75%. Benefits of CalPERS membership include:

  • Classic Members (membership in CalPERS before 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 55
  • New Members (membership in CalPERS after 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 62


Starting salary is $77,605 – $85,571 annually, depending upon experience.  The Finance Director will be eligible for a step increase following the successful completion of a 6-month probation period.

Under the oversight of the General Manager, the Finance Director is responsible for the activities and operations of the District’s Finance Division, including the preparation of periodic financial reports, maintenance of a system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of internal controls for the purpose of mitigating risk and enhancing the accuracy of the organization’s finances.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and maintains finance related activities and administrative functions for the District.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the annual operating budget and capital improvements budget; directs the forecasting of funds needed for staffing, equipment, and materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments.
  • Oversees the general accounting functions of the District and provides financial guidance and assistance to other departments.
  • Leads the development, implementation, and administration of the organization’s financial systems.
  • Develops, maintains, and ensures adequate internal controls and standard accounting practices are in place and functioning appropriately.
  • Develops and implements long- and short-term strategic plans in support of department and District-wide goals and objectives.
  • Works cooperatively with others to establish and maintain effective public relations. Responds pro-actively to problems or concerns and coordinates information and communication between staff, management, Butte County, and other external agencies to clarify and reconcile accounting issues.
  • Responds timely to requests for information and provides technical information to staff as authorized.
  • Oversees and coordinates the annual financial statement audit, including preparation of the annual financial statements and related disclosures.
  • Provides staff assistance in the development and maintenance of fiscal policies for the District.
  • Maintains a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Provides financial analysis as needed, particularly relating to labor negotiations and for significant capital asset decisions.
  • Prepares financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Monitors District cash flow to ensure sufficient cash to pay obligations.
  • Supervises finance staff in the performance of financial processes including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and all other related accounting functions.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal government laws and regulations, reporting requirements,and tax filings.
  • Attends Board meetings and makes presentations to the Board of Directors.
  • Drives a District or personal vehicle as needed to conduct District business.
  • Participate in professional development activities and maintains professional affiliations.
  • Provides or coordinates accounting staff training, as needed.
  • Performs related assignments as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with accounting emphasis.
  • Three years of related experience with progressive responsibility, including one year providing technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel.
  • Knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles and practices related to tax-supported agencies.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of internal control procedures as they apply to a public agency.
  • Knowledge of payroll processing requirements.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently use accounting, spreadsheet, and word processing software and oversee the integration of other organizational software as it relates to finance.
  • Ability to understand and interpret the policies, rules, and regulations of the District, and local, state, and federal governments.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and to establish and maintain effective public relations.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ability to respond proactively to problems or concerns as they relate to the Finance Division.
  • Pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License and be insurable on the District’s vehicle liability policy.


  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designation.
  • Experience in publicly funded bond measures.


  • Frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting.
  • Frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds.
  • Frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching.
  • Constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision.
  • Frequent decision-making and concentration.
  • Frequent hearing and talking in person and on the phone.
  • Frequent public and co-worker contact; occasional working alone.
  • Frequent exposure to noises.

To apply, please follow the URL below. Thank you for your interest!


CARD is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, 
or protected Veteran status. 

If candidate is given a conditional job offer, they must pass a fingerprint background check (Live Scan). If Live Scan is passed, the employee will be required to provide original documents for physical review within 3 days 
from date of hire, satisfying the Form I-9 requirements. Copies cannot be accepted. Examples of original documents include a driver’s license, ID card, unexpired US Passport, social security card, birth certificate. 

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 36
Education Required: Bachelor's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Minimum Hourly Wage: 37.31
Maximum Hourly Wage: 41.14

About Chico Area Recreation and Park District

The Mission of the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) is to provide recreation opportunities to the greater Chico Community in a coordinated and cost effective manner.