Monterey County Human Resources
November 17, 2023
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description

The Auditor-Controller is an elected official who provides the County of Monterey with financial leadership and expert advice on a wide range of fiscal matters and advocates financial integrity and accountability in all County business practices. The department consists of five divisions: Administration, Systems, General Accounting, Internal Audit, and Disbursements (Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Property Tax). The current vacancy is in the Accounts Payable Section of the Disbursements Division.

Under direction, performs professional accounting duties involved in establishing, maintaining, analyzing, auditing, reconciling, and verifying financial records in support of designated programs; provides fiscal administrative support in preparing, analyzing, and monitoring the County's annual budgets and accounts; prepares and audits a variety of accounting, financial, statistical, and budgetary reports, statements, and records utilizing GAAP; and performs other work as required.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used County-wide to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority.
Examples of Duties

  • Prepares complex accounting records and transactions; reviews accounting records and transactions for accuracy; analyzes records and transactions in order to project results; prepares large or complex federal or state claims; performs professional accounting and auditing duties; ensures financial solvency of assigned accounts
  • Analyzes, streamlines, automates, documents, and implements processes and process improvements using a variety of automated financial systems; works with information technology staff and the Financial Systems Division staff to test new financial systems; troubleshoots accounting procedures and automated systems for other accounting and non-accounting staff; creates custom reports; assigns new account numbers; and maintains County's Chart of Accounts
  • Leads, trains, and assesses staff performance; assigns and monitors duties; reviews work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established requirements
  • Communicates with County staff, governmental agencies, and outside organizations to exchange information, coordinates activities, and resolve issues and concerns.
  • Ensures integrity of financial information provided to Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, state and federal officials and auditors, and county staff; makes corrections to balance sheet accounts; reviews reconciliations, such as warrants, payables, cash, and investments; performs variance analysis and makes appropriate corrections
  • Analyzes, reconciles, and issues sales and use tax payments; documents, maintains, and monitors a variety of logs, procedures, and processes to ensure accurate financial records
  • Maintains current knowledge of and complies with applicable laws, codes, rules, regulations, established policies and procedures, and with generally accepted accounting principles; ensures accuracy of input and output data.

To view the complete job description, please visit the County of Monterey website: Accountant Auditor II .

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Working knowledge of :

  • Methods, procedures, and terminology used in professional accounting
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS)
  • Internal control systems, cost accounting, and general ledger
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of financial and statistical recordkeeping
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of research and statistical evaluation
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Related computer hardware and applicable software

Some knowledge of :

  • Principles and practices of leading others, including work planning, scheduling, and reviewing
  • Principles and practices of providing training, including coaching and feedback.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Interpret, explain, and apply legal and procedural rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Interpret and apply professional accounting and auditing principles and standards
  • Gather, organize, and evaluate data
  • Analyze complex fiscal data and operating procedures and make projections and recommendations
  • Explain County financial processes and systems to others
  • Review, reconcile, and analyze simple to complex financial statements and reports
  • Prepare, analyze, and monitor funds, budgets, and accounts
  • Accurately perform professional accounting and auditing work
  • Apply principles and practices of governmental accounting
  • Analyze financial data; prepare reports, forecasts, and recommendations
  • Perform mathematical calculations
  • Meet schedules and timelines
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a computer and associated software
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Provide excellent and courteous customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training
Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities, and required conditions of employment is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Education :
Completion of 15 semester units from an accredited college or university with coursework in elementary and advanced accounting

Experience :
Two years of experience performing full working-level accounting or auditing duties with a public agency or CPA firm; or two years of experience at a level equivalent to an Accountant Auditor I in the County of Monterey.
Additional Information
The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Successfully complete a background check to include fingerprinting
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster and/or emergency.

The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package. Please visit our website to view the Unit J Benefit Summary Sheet. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the County of Monterey Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


  • As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions.
  • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9.
  • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at

b y Monday, December 11 , 2023, 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained and submitted during normal business hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

County of Monterey, Auditor-Controller's Office

Attn: Nairi Davis, Senior Personnel Analyst

168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor, Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: 831-755-5040 Email: Fax: 831-796-6046

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes the submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

The County of Monterey is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. The County of Monterey is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Nairi Davis, Senior Personnel Analyst, at (831) 755-5092 or email;

Closing Date/Time: 12/11/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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