Accounting Specialist

Orange County, CA
May 18, 2023
Orange County, CA
Job Type


Accounting Specialist

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as the recruitment will close on
TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2023 at 11:59 PM (PST).


This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill current/future vacancies in Auditor-Controller and/or any other agencies within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

Orange County is a desirable place to live - and is one of the premier employers in the region, as well as the third largest populated County in California. At the County you will find variety, individual opportunity, job satisfaction, and the pleasure of working with colleagues who are dedicated to making a positive difference. You can learn more about the County of Orange by clicking here.

The Auditor-Controller Department is committed to serving Orange County by ensuring accountability over public spending, transparency of Taxpayer dollars, and engaging the public in government. We carry out our vision and mission by conducting the Public's business with the highest ethical and due diligence standards by supporting ethical and responsible financial decisions throughout the County. You can learn more about the Auditor-Controller Department by clicking here.

Under general supervision, the Accounting Specialist performs a variety of general accounting duties related to the maintenance and review of fiscal, financial and statistical records. The position at this level has the responsibility to independently resolve most problems occurring within the assignment. Responsible duties may include, but are not limited to Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Contracts, Property Tax, Purchasing etc. The Accounting Specialist will maintain a variety of accounting records and documents within a specialized area and other duties as required.

The ideal candidate will have at least eighteen (18) months of experience in the maintenance and review of fiscal, financial, or statistical records. Candidates must have a minimum of six months experience in an office setting. In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will demonstrate work experience and/or knowledge in the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience

  • Experience performing a wide variety of financial/accounting duties.
  • Reviewing and analyze accounting documents prepared by others.
  • Software proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Interpreting terms and conditions of contracts with vendors for services and goods.
  • Comprehending and comply with policies and procedures of the County.
  • Knowledge of current practices, procedures, techniques and terminology related to the processing and recording of accounting transactions.

Analysis | Problem Solving

  • The judgment necessary to recognize problems and when to bring them to the supervisor's attention.
  • Utilizing all available resources for researching issues and draw logical conclusions to determine appropriate corrective action.
  • Strong organization skills and time management is required.

Communication Skills

  • Communicating complex material clearly, concisely, and logically both orally and in writing with minimal grammatical errors.
  • Establishing and maintain effective working relationships through collaboration and teamwork with other co-workers, agencies/departments, the public, and vendors.
  • Demonstrating excellent customer service skills in a fast-paced office.
  • Explaining basic accounting systems or procedures to those with no prior knowledge of accounting terminology.
  • Exercising good judgment in communicating promptly with supervisor when issues arise.

Click here for minimum qualifications of the Accounting Specialist.

NOTE: Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Online Assessments (100% Weighted)
Candidates whose applications reflect the most job-related experience and training will be invited to online assessments. Only the most qualified candidates will be referred to the next step.

Veterans Employment Preference Policy (VEPP)
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures
Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements
Effective April 3, 2023, it is strongly recommended that County employees working in health care settings and correctional facilities follow vaccination and booster guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please click here to see the latest guidance for more details.

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sam Apraku at 714-834-3116 or at

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: 6/6/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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