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Accountant - II

Company: Placer County
Location: Auburn
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Salary $33.05 - $41.29/hour; $5,728.67 - $7,156.93/month; $68,744.00 - $85,883.20/year
Department County-Wide
Job Type Open
Date Opened 5/11/:00:00 AM
Filing Deadline 12/2/2022 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)

Work Location Auburn (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)

Additional Forms Required Veterans DD214 (if applicable)

HR Analyst Lindsay Raynal

Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn!


This classification received a general wage increase of 4% effective 7/2/22 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4% in July 2023 and 4% in July 2024.

Placer County is currently accepting applications for Accountant - I, Accountant - II, and Accountant - Senior. Each level in this job series has different minimum qualifications. To participate in the recruitment at the I level, II level, Senior level, or multiple levels, you must complete and submit separate applications and supplemental questionnaires for each recruitment:

Accountant - I

Accountant - II

Accountant - Senior

The eligible lists established as a result of these recruitments may be used to fill vacancies in various County departments as they arise, subject to position-specific requirements.

This recruitment will be open until Friday, December 2, 2022 at 5:00PM with multiple screening cutoffs throughout the recruitment. Upcoming cutoffs include:

Applications received 6/24/22 - 7/29/22: screening anticipated for the week of 8/1/22
Applications received 7/30/22 - 8/29/22: screening anticipated for the week of 9/5/22
Applications received 8/30/22 - 9/27/22: screening anticipated for the week of 10/3/22
Applications received 9/28/22 - 10/26/22: screening anticipated for the week of 10/31/22
Applications received 10/27/22 - 12/2/22: screening anticipated for the week of 12/5/22


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.


To perform a variety of professional accounting work involving judgment and discretion in the analysis and application of accounting principles and practices in maintaining fiscal controls and records, preparing transactions, and developing financial and statistical reports; develop and implement accounting and financial procedures and systems; monitor and report on budget trends, financial transactions, tax billings and collections, or accounts; provide recommendations for efficiencies and improvements; and perform related duties.


This is the full journey level class within the Accountant series. This class is distinguished from the entry level of Accountant I by the assignment of the full range of duties of the class. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level. This class is distinguished from the Accountant, Senior in that the latter is a supervisory level with responsibility for a major accounting program or service area at the section or division level. This class is further distinguished from the Auditor I/II by the latter's regular performance of internal compliance, financial and performance audits performed in accordance with professional standards such as Institute of Internal Auditors, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, including preparing audit reports with the issuance of an opinion.


Receives direction from assigned supervisory or management personnel.

Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide responsible professional and technical assistance in the administration, review, and implementation of the County and/or departmental accounting programs and integrated accounting financial systems.
Participate in and assume responsibility for various departmental accounting functions including financial statements, general ledger, monthly statements, and special projects accounting; participate in special studies and reports.
Prepare a wide variety of financial, statistical, and narrative reports, including year-end, budgetary, monthly financial statements, cash flow, investments; assist in the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and custom reports, graphs, schedules, and other documents as needed.
Participate in the compilation and preparation of the annual budget, including assisting divisions with budget preparation, preparing and updating cash flow and cost projections, estimated revenues and expenditures, monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with adopted budget, and assisting in publication of the budget.
Monitor and review expenditures, revenues, and budget allocations to determine financial status; analyze and reconcile expenditure and revenue accounts, including bond accounts; review and process appropriation transfer requests between accounts; reconcile bond statements and bank statements to the general ledger.
Prepare and review ledgers and journal entries; balance and maintain complex accounting records such as trusts, funds, and claims; maintain and balance tax trust accounts.
Perform quality control and review procedures to ensure accounting documents are prepared accurately and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and County policies.
Interpret, explain, and apply general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations affecting the financial operations of the department assigned.
Provide supervision to technical and clerical staff in support of assigned department and program(s); participate in the selection of, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; work with employees on performance issues; recommend discipline.
Record and maintain appropriate controls for capital assets, including vehicles; perform annual inventory reconciliation including inspections and reconciliation of discrepancies.
Maintain and monitor the department grant funds and ensure compliance with rules and regulations governing the use and the accounting of each grant; compile and prepare financial and other data for claims; prepare grant applications.
Track Capital Improvement expenditures and allocate funds to the appropriate Capital Improvement account.
Assist in the coordination of audits; schedule, provide information, and reporting for audits; ensure availability and accuracy of required reports and documentation.
Assist with investments, portfolio management, cash management, debt management, new financing, annexations and subdivisions, and revenue and expense projections.
Review and implement accounting, auditing, and financial procedures and systems.
Examine, verify, and approve fiscal documents such as vouchers, warrants, requisitions, and invoices.
Record and review transactions in subsidiary and general ledgers; prepare trial balances, reconciliations and work sheets.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions.

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible, professional-level accounting and/or financial auditing experience performing duties similar to an Accountant I or an Auditor I with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, or a closely related field.

NOTE: Depending on the area of assignment, additional governmental accounting, auditing, and finance experience which involves the application of state and local laws and/or governmental accounting standards may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis if:

The experience was performing duties equivalent to those of an Accounting Technician in Placer County; and
At least eighteen (18) units of college course work or related technical training in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field have been completed, including a minimum of six (6) units Accounting.

Experience used to be substitute for the required degree cannot also be used to meet work experience requirements. Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.
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Keywords: Placer County, Sacramento , Accountant - II, Accounting, Auditing , Auburn, California

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