Departmental Accounting Manager

Sonoma County, CA
September 11, 2020
Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type


Position Information

TheHuman Services Department (HSD) is seeking a forward thinkingleadertooversee their FiscalAccounting Section asthe Departmental Accounting Manager!

Starting Salary Up To $53.85/Hr. ($112,391.41/Yr.)* plus a cash allowance of $3.45/Hour

The Departmental Accounting Manager supportsHSD in maintaining fiscalaccountability by monitoring and reporting revenues and expenditures, assuring the quality and accuracy of accounting and fiscal support services, and assisting with preparation of the department's annual budget. This positionworks closely with the Budget and Reporting Administrative Services Officer I, as well as Accountant IIIs and HSD Division Directors.

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Proven fiscal management experience in a complex organization, preferably in governmental finance and accounting
  • Strong leadership skills, topromote effective communication and a positive, collaborative work environment
  • Experience incontract and grant management
  • Familiarity with State and Federal laws related to Human Services funding
  • The ability to develop creative solutions to administrative and management challenges
  • A commitment to organizational efficiencies and the ability to effectively implement ongoing quality improvement initiatives

What We Offer
The Countyoffersan excellentopportunity for career growth and the ability to become acontributing force instrengthening our community. When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment whereyou can look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible forup to8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.Additional information can be foundin the County of Sonoma Salary Resolution (SalRes)

About the Human Services Department (HSD)

HSD fostersa positive work environment, whereour commitment to providingopportunities for advancement isstrengthened by a robust staff development program.We believe in the merits of work/life balance and enjoythe satisfaction of knowing that our work contributes to the betterment of our community.

As the largest agency in Sonoma County government, our mission is to protect vulnerable children and adults, and to promote maximum independence and well-being for individuals and families.HSD is responsible for child and adult protective services, veteran services, and administration of state and federal programs, including CalFRESH, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services. The department is dedicated to providing quality, client-focused, cost-effective services and values the integrity, teamwork, leadership, and accountability of all staff in accomplishing the mission of the department.

The Department works collaboratively at the federal, state, and local level to find creative solutions to human needs. To meet that goal, the department enjoys the support of other public and private sector partners, including other government agencies, community-based organizations, and business leaders. For more information regarding HSD's services please visit .

About Sonoma County

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics - including over 200 award-winning wineries, awe inspiring Pacificcoastline and beaches, the Russian River, and majestic redwoods.

The County encompasses over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open space. Sonoma County is also home to a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California's Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities.

Please visit and for moreinformation.

This employment listwill be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment .APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Minimum Qualifications

The knowledge and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of training, education, and/or experience. A typical way to acquire the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Any combination of training and education which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed: possession of a college degree in accounting, finance or business administration, with at least 21 semester units or 28 quarter units of Accounting, including advanced, governmental, cost accounting and auditing or possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Normally, four years of increasingly responsible professional level experience in governmental accounting, with at least one year at a supervisory level, would provide such opportunity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough Knowledge of: principles, theories, practices and procedures used in governmental accounting, auditing, cost and budget systems; the laws, ordinances and regulations influencing department fiscal operations; modern management theories and practices; electronic data processing equipment and use of accounting methods and procedures associated with the use of such equipment.

Ability to: interpret complex laws, mandates and regulations and apply them to a variety of accounting and audit systems; plan, organize, direct and manage the work of a large accounting division, developing appropriate staffing, organization and processes as required; analyze complex and detailed data in order to make appropriate financial forecasts and recommendations; evaluate, develop and install complex accounting systems and procedures; establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with department management, staff, other county staff and external governmental and private agencies; prepare comprehensive, clear and concise accounting, statistical, cost and administrative reports; learn and understand how assigned program areas interrelate with other divisions within the department.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination.Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: EP
HR Technician: RR

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