Accountant III

Monterey County Human Resources
May 13, 2023
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description

Accountant III

$6,583 - $8,991 per Month

Final Filing Deadline: Monday, May 29, 2023

Exam #23/20B12/05MG

Summary of Position

Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) is seeking applicants for an Accountant III position for the Public Health Bureau. The individual will provide supervision to financial staff; complete the most complicated grant duties of invoicing, budget preparation, amendment, and audit; assist in the preparation of the division's annual budget and forecasting; and will be responsible for document approval for accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchase orders, and general accounting.

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

Examples of Duties

  • Prepares, reviews, and monitors grants, contracts, claims, and other financial agreements and proposals; prepares financial statements, balance sheets, income and expense reports, and cash flow analysis.
  • Assigns, directs, and reviews the work of professional and para-professional staff; interviews and selects employees; provides training; reviews work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established requirements; evaluates work performance; and recommends transfers, reassignment, and discipline.
  • Prepares, analyzes, evaluates, and monitors a program, a division, or the department's budget, and other designated budgets; prepares income and expenditure projections for budget preparation; analyzes program and project costs; provides recommendations.
  • Prepares or verifies a variety of simple to complex accounting, statistical, and narrative statements or reports, requiring analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Provides specific accounting and budgetary consultation to departments, divisions, or programs; responds to inquiries, resolves issues and conflicts, and provides detailed and technical information concerning related standards, practices, pending legislation, laws, codes, regulations, polices, and procedures; attends and participates in various meetings, committees, and professional groups.
  • Identifies, develops, and implements policies, procedures, techniques, and systems to enhance fiscal accuracy, operational efficiency, financial effectiveness, and compliance with established requirements
  • Performs professional accounting and budgetary duties involved in establishing, analyzing, reviewing, reconciling, monitoring, and maintaining financial records and reports; ensures financial activity of assigned accounts.
  • Monitors cash flow from enterprise funds, internal service funds, special revenue, and special district funds; prepares cash flow analyses and funding requirements for various funds and projects.
  • Calculates, posts, and adjusts journal entries; updates accounts to reflect revenue and expenditures; audits accounts for errors and makes appropriate adjustments; coordinates and reconciles different computer financial systems; reconciles various financial statements to ensure accurate fund accounting; matches financial statements with cash amounts; initiates account transfers and other transactions as needed; utilizes manual and computerized recordkeeping systems.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and documents a variety of accounts and transactions; reconciles general ledger, cash, and other designated accounting reports and statements with financial records; compares manual and automated records and transactions; identifies errors; verifies account balances; adjusts accounts; initiates transfers; and makes corrections.
  • 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.
  • Communicates with County staff, governmental agencies, and outside organizations to exchange information, coordinate activities, resolves issues and concerns; prepares and submits mandated reports within established timeframes.

To view the complete classification description, please visit the County of Monterey website: Accountant III


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

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • Methods, procedures, and terminology used in professional accounting
  • Generally accepted accounting principles
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting
  • Analysis of complex financial statements and reports
  • Principles and practices of financial and statistical recordkeeping
  • Principles and practices of financial statement preparation and comprehensive accounting reports
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation, monitoring, and controlling
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Principles and practices of research and statistical evaluation
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of financial analysis and forecasting

Working Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of supervision, including work planning, scheduling, reviewing, evaluating, training, and corrective action
  • Related computer hardware and applicable software

Skills and Ability to:

  • Perform complex professional accounting and budgetary work involved in preparing, analyzing, reconciling, and maintaining financial records and reports

  • Prepare, analyze, and monitor funds, budgets, and accounts
  • Reconcile internal financial reports
  • Interpret, apply, and explain financial rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Maintain accounting systems and prepare accounting reports
  • Analyze financial data and draw logical conclusions; prepare reports, forecasts, and recommendations
  • Detect possible weaknesses in internal controls or standard accounting procedures and recommend corrective action
  • Understand administrative policies and their impact on complex accounting functions
  • Perform complex 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:


Completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university, in accounting, or a related field with an emphasis in accounting or auditing



Three years of experience performing full working-level accounting duties with a CPA firm, or four years of experience performing full working-level accounting duties in the public or private sector or two years of experience at a level equivalent to an Accountant II in Monterey County.

Additional Information


The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Successfully complete a background check to include fingerprinting.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver's license or the ability to provide suitable transportations that is approved by the appointing authority.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekend, 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 X Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .


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

by May 29, 2023, 11:59 PM(PST)


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

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

Health Department

Attn: Human Resources

1270 Natividad Road

Salinas, CA 93906

(831) 755-4519

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 submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • Monterey County Employment Application
  • Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline of Monday, May 29, 2023, 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 that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


Monterey County 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. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Senior Personnel Analyst Monica Gutierrez at 831-796-1276 or

Closing Date/Time: 5/29/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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