Port of Oakland
November 15, 2023
Oakland, CA
Job Type


Job Description

*** All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm, on the closing date of the recruitment. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED . Please follow all submission instructions to ensure your application is complete. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of online applications, therefore, it is important for online applications to be completed fully. Late applications will not be accepted beyond the closing time and date for any reason, including any technical issues, such as system, browser, or computer failures, etc. ***

The Port is currently recruiting for the position of Port Senior Accountant. Under direction, incumbents of this class are responsible for performing the most difficult accounting work. Incumbents solve complex accounting problems, design and maintain accounting systems, and provide direction to a work unit within the Port's Accounting Department. This position will report to the Port Controller and will supervise four revenue billing and collections staff in the Accounting Department. The position will work closely with Property Managers, Wharfingers, the Utilities Manager and other Supervisors and Staff across the revenue divisions. Performs related duties as assigned.

Examples of Duties

Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed. Incumbent may perform other related duties at the equivalent level.

  • Performs and supervises the day-to-day work of a work unit and directs the clerical work involved; supervises, trains, directs and evaluates professional and support staff; conducts performance evaluations and provides feedback on an on-going and periodic basis; performs counseling, including progressive discipline if necessary.
  • Maintains and recommends improvements to accounting procedures that establish adequate internal controls and conforms with federal or state laws and generally-accepted accounting principles; Designs and recommends improvements to forms used for accounting purposes.
  • Prepares and analyzes computer input and output data, conferring with computer programming personnel and operators regarding the processing of data; recommends and assists in developing new applications or changes to existing programs.
  • Supervises and performs complex accounting duties, including responsibility for an accounting unit such as payroll, accounts payable, general ledger, or other major accounting function.
  • Prepares, analyzes, and reviews financial information and financial reports including preparing or reviewing account reconciliations, budget reports, financial statement disclosures or statistical data.
  • Supervises general accounting activities of the Port.
  • Prepares special financial reports involving statistics, legal requirements, cost accounting and data processing.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


This position requires education and experience reflecting possession of the required knowledge and skills. A typical combination would include graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting plus four years of professional work as an accountant. A CPA is desirable.


To perform the typical task and duties of the position successfully, the knowledge, skills and/or abilities are listed below.

Knowledge of:

  • Accounting and auditing principles and procedures; thorough knowledge of Port accounting procedures.
  • Computerized accounting systems and applications.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of management and supervision.

Ability to:

  • Devise and install accounting systems and procedures.
  • Solve complex accounting and auditing problems.
  • Supervise the activities of an accounting work unit.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties and to work as a team.
  • Work under deadlines and coordinate several concurrent assignments.

Stage I: Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Pass/Fail) - The first stage in the selection process will consist of an application and supplemental questionnaire appraisal review (pass/fail). Applications submitted without a completed supplemental questionnaire will not be given further consideration. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to the next stage. Only the most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to Stage II.

Stage II: Assessment Examination (Weighted 100%) - The second stage of the selection process may consist of a combination of job-related situational project exercises and an oral panel interview designed to assess technical knowledge and any additional KSAs. Job-related situational project exercises may consist of written exercises, performance exercises or other situational exercises that would assess the KSAs. The Assessment Examination is designed to test the applicant's overall aptitude for the position.

Candidates must achieve a scale score of 70 or more on this examination to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration . The Port reserves the right to modify the selection process, as necessary, to conform to administrative or business necessity.


Immigration and Reform Control Act: In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the Port of Oakland will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Social Security card must be presented, and the name on it must match the name on the application.

Americans with Disabilities (ADA): In compliance with State and Federal Laws, the Port of Oakland will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The Port is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the selection process and in the work environment. Individuals invited to advance in the examination process will be provided the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.

The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional Requirements
The Port of Oakland requires each incumbent to successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check, which will include a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and a Security Threat Assessment (STA), prior to being considered for this position. This status must be maintained for the duration of employment at the Port.

The Port of Oakland'sbenefit program ranks among the best in the region for public jurisdictions and is designed to reward performance and promote a balanced lifestyle, both at the workplace and away from the workplace, for its employees and their families. The Port is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and has been recognized as a FIT-Friendly Employer by the American Heart Association.

  • The Port is part of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). CalPERS is a defined pension provided to regular full-time employees that work for the Port. The CalPERS defined pension is based on predetermined formula that factors in an employee's earnings history, tenure of service and age. The retirement formula for new hires is 2% at 62 years of age or 2.5% at 55 for with other CalPERS service and/or reciprocity.
  • The Port offers retiree medical benefits for employees and dependents after 10 years of CalPERS service (including 5 years at the Port).
  • The Port pays 100% of the premium cost for employees and dependent health insurance coverage not to exceed the Kaiser-HMO Family Plan; cash in lieu of medical benefit is also available.
  • The Port pays 100% of the premium cost for dental and vision coverage.
  • The Port pays 100% of the premium cost for Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage and reimburses employees for the State Disability Insurance.
  • The Port pays 100% of the premium cost for life insurance at one-time annual salary with certain limits.
  • The Port offers aDeferred Compensation Plan allowing employees to save and invest money for retirement with tax benefits.

Time Away from Work

  • From 2 to 5 weeks of vacation depending on years of employment at the Port.
  • 10 days of management leave for employees exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • 1 paid Floating Holiday per year.
  • 12 days of sick leave per year after three months of employment which includes 4 days of personal leave.
  • 12 paid holidays as well as the second half of the shift on December 24 and December 31.

Closing Date/Time: 12/8/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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