Accountant – Auditor I

County of Mendocino, CA
September 3, 2023
Ukiah, CA
Job Type


The Position

The current vacancy is in Ukiah, CA within the Auditor's Office. This position will work with Munis general ledger, State/Federal Reporting and Property Taxes.

The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions, should they occur.

Under direction, performs professional and complex accounting and auditing work; records and reports financial transactions for the County; reviews departmental accounting records for accuracy; prepares financial reports, statements and special financial analyses. Performs technical and administrative tasks in the process and maintenance of budget, expenditures, grants, payroll, contracts and contract management, taxes, and other financial related data Performs related work as assigned.

Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

Duties may include but are not limited to the following :

  • Performs accounting and fiscal operations unique to assigned department or an assigned function within department. Performs audits, reconciliations and appraisals of the accounting and financial systems, accounts, funds and related activities to ensure accuracy and that adequate internal control, sufficient security, and auditability are present.
  • Reviews accounting, auditing and/or regulatory reports to ensure financial compliance and integrity, to analyze findings, provide budget forecasting information and to interpret conclusions.
  • Analyzes financial information including: counting funds; examining records; preparing financial statements, reports and notes and issuing opinions on same; performing complex reconciliations and analytical procedures; reviewing budget preparation; and designing and implementing systems.
  • Maintains and analyzes a variety of grants, funds, tax projects and contracts; trains County department representatives in entering related data.
  • Performs revenue projection functions related to taxes, including, appropriation/revenue accounting, data reporting and computing tax rates
  • Compiles information/data for County Budget Book.
  • Tracks asset forfeitures.
  • Designs and evaluates internal control systems, advises of weaknesses and recommends improved controls.
  • Computes tax accounts according to tax rate formula and arranges for posting of tax rolls; prepares or oversees the preparation of final County tax rolls and maintenance of property tax records; ensures that rolls are correct and distributions appropriate.
  • Reconciles and balances office cash to internal and bank records.
  • Prepares claims for reimbursement of mandated costs.
  • Assists departments in finding solutions to problems regarding the accounting and reporting of financial activity.
  • Performs a variety of task related to countywide payroll functions.
  • May train other staff.
  • Serves as lead professional on special projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Experience: No related experience is required.

Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting or a closely related field. If the major has been in a field other than accounting, at least 15 units of college level accounting courses must have been completed.


Experience: Two years' experience in a related field such as bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, finance and auditing.

Education: Equivalent to an associate degree work in accounting or a closely related field. If the major has been in a field other than accounting, at least 15 units of college level accounting courses must have been completed. Additional years of experience may be substituted on a year for year basis

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Driver's License

Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or closely related field (preferred, not required)

Certified Public Account Certificate (not required)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Generally accepted accounting principles as applied to governmental accounting.
  • Generally accepted auditing standards.
  • General and cost accounting.
  • Financial, fund and project accounting.
  • Financial report and statement preparation.
  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations and legislative issues.
  • Internal control systems.
  • Computer applications and hardware related to the performance of the essential functions of the job.
  • Grant accounting.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.

Skill in:

  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with minimum direction.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Using spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Mental and Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate accounting problems and use independent judgment regarding technical accounting problems.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to: stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; and push, pull, move, or lift above and below the neck objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

Selection Procedure & Other Important Information

Important Application Information:

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application. A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application. Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference "see résumé" will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed; incomplete applications will not be considered. Based on the number of qualified candidates, applicants meeting the job requirements and qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.

Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known. You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request .

Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.

The option for telework may be available. Eligibility for telework is based on the position, employee, and telework environment; not every position, or every employee will be compatible to telework. Please see Policy #57 Telework Policy and Program Guidelines for details.

This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.

The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This information is a summary of general benefits. Benefits listed in Mendocino County Resolutions or Memorandums of Understanding prevail over this listing. This information is not legally binding, nor does it constitute a Contract.

Compensation is based on a five-step salary range, with annual merit-based increases within the salary range.

Covered under Social Security and the 1937 act; both employees and the County pay into the retirement fund. For the most current information regarding County Retirement please go to:

Mendocino County observes 11 paid holidays per year. Employees are granted 24 - 48 hours of personal leave annually, depending upon Bargaining Unit.

Accrues at the rate of two weeks per year for three years. Three weeks per year after three years, four weeks after eight years and five weeks after 15 years.

Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of 1.25 days per month, or 15 days per year. Accruals are pro-rated for part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week. Part-time employees working less than 20 hours per week, and extra-help employees receive up to 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave annually.

The County and the employee share the cost of an employee selected health care plan; enrollment in the plan includes $20,000 Life Insurance.

For the most current information regarding Health Insurance please go to:

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Closing Date/Time: 9/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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