Senior Accountant-Auditor

May 10, 2023
Fresno, CA
Job Type


Position Description

Come and join the City of Fresno in achieving our mission of Building a Better Fresno!

Under direction, performs complex professional accounting work; maintains and audits accounts; and provides supervision and training to subordinate staff.

Senior Accountant-Auditor is the first-line supervisory class in the Accountant series. Work involves supervising the day-to-day operation of a section or sections engaged in accounting, accounts payable or auditing of fiscal operations. Incumbents receive complex and varied accounting and/or auditing assignments requiring the application of judgment to work situations where standard procedure does not apply. This class is distinguished from Accountant-Auditor II in that incumbents of the latter perform journey level accounting work and are not required to perform supervisory duties. This class is distinguished from Principal Accountant in that the incumbent of the latter has overall responsibility for the operation of the Accounting Division.

Typical Tasks are as follows: Supervises and participates in the preparation of a variety of accounting and accounts payable reports and prepares complex financial reports on special assignments. Assists in accomplishing the functions of the division by providing supervision and training for subordinate staff. Performs difficult and special accounting and/or auditing work as part of normal work assignments and as directed by a superior; maintains general and subsidiary ledgers; and effects periodic reconciliations of a variety of machine reports. Supervises and participates in the work of a section engaged in the maintenance of financial records for budgetary, revenue, payroll, accounts payable, and inventory accountability. Reviews and analyzes the section's workflow and recommends revisions to facilitate and expedite the accounting and accounts payable processes. Prepares formal financial statements, financial statistical reports, and other reports related to accounts payable. Prepares and reviews audit reports of findings and makes recommendations for improvements. Confers with department personnel, other agencies, government representatives and special districts on general and specific financial audit, accounting, and accounts payable matters. Conducts financial reviews for analysis of capital projects, operations, and investment opportunities. Reviews changes in legal procedures for fiscal operations affecting accounting and accounts payable processes. Performs related duties as required. An incumbent may not be assigned all duties listed, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.

The current vacancy exists in the Department of Finance. Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of three (3) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period for up to a maximum of two (2) years at the City's discretion. Should the competitive process be suspended for this recruitment, the eligibility list may be limited to three (3) months.

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

BENEFITS: UNIT 13 Classification - City of Fresno Professional Employees Association (CFPEA)

3% salary increase, effective June 19, 2023

HEALTH INSURANCE: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings.
MANAGEMENT LEAVE: 60 hours per fiscal year for exempt employees.
ANNUAL LEAVE: Accrue 15.5 hours per month with cash out provisions.
SUPPLEMENTAL SICK- 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum
HOLIDAYS: Ten (10) City-observed annual holidays plus birthday and two (2) personal days.
LIFE INSURANCE: Benefit equal to annual salary; premium paid by the City.
LONG-TERM DISABILITY: Benefit equal to 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500 per month after 30 days of disability; premium paid by the City.
BILINGUAL PREMIUM: PAY: $100 per month
HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT: To reimburse retirement medical insurance and qualified medical expenses.
RETIREMENT: City of Fresno Retirement Systems, one of the best funded public systems in the state. Reciprocity with other CA public agencies. Vested in Retirement benefits after 5 years of service. City employees do not participate in Social Security.
DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at

The Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure placement on the eligible list.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration or a closely related field, which included, or was supplemented by, 20 semester units of accounting course work


Three (3) years of professional accounting or auditing work experience.

When qualifying with a degree or accredited college or university credits, you must attach a copy of the degree or transcripts (instructions below). Applications lacking this documentation may be rejected.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Driver's License may be required at the time of appointment. Applicants possessing a valid California Driver's License must complete the License & Certificates section with their driver's license information. Candidates considered for hire may be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license and a current copy of their driving record.

The selected eligible candidates certified will be required to successfully pass a Department interview and a Department of Justice fingerprint prior to employment with the City of Fresno.

Eligibles certified for consideration to the Police, Fire or Airports Departments must successfully complete an extensive background investigation prior to employment.

How To Apply

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION. PLEASE VISIT TO APPLY. For information on how to complete an on-line application, please view "Instruction Guide" on the City's website, Personnel Services Career Opportunities page, or call (559) 621-6950 for assistance. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding this recruitment and exam process will be sent via e-mail. All applicants will acknowledge such understanding when they complete their on-line application. Verify we have your correct e-mail address before you submit your application. It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email frequently to ensure they receive all pertinent communication from the Personnel Services Department on a timely basis. Applicants will receive an automatically generated confirmation e-mail upon a successful application submittal. The e-mail is the only proof of submittal.

It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email account and to ensure it is set up to accept emails from the City of Fresno. Dependent upon your settings, notices from the City of Fresno may be directed to the junk mail or spam folders. It is the applicant's responsibility to check these folders as well.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on the filing deadline or they will not be accepted for any reason. FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PERMANENT FRESNO CITY EMPLOYEES APPLY THROUGH PEOPLESOFT SELF SERVICE.

Selection Process

The selection process may consist of a job-related written examination which may be conducted online and weighted 100% of your score in determining your eligibility and placement on the eligible list.

The written examination is designed to test a candidate's knowledge of accounting principles, techniques and procedures, cost accounting and auditing of government functions, public finance, governmental budgeting and reporting, performing mathematical calculations and applying skills in judgment/interpersonal relations.

The written exam is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 12th, 2023. Candidates must achieve a passing score to qualify for the eligible list.

Veteran Preference Regulations

Qualified veterans who pass the examination may obtain five (5) additional points.
Candidates applying for veteran's preference are required to submit a copy of their DD214 with their application during the specified filing period. Evidence must be presented to indicate that the candidate was discharged honorably from the military service. Veterans, including City employees, must resubmit proof of honorable service for every examination for which veteran's preference credit is requested.

Additional Information

1. Your document must first be scanned and saved to a computer or thumb drive (save as the "document name.")
2. Then go to > City of Fresno Jobs > Apply On-Line.
3. Enter the same Login Information (Username & Password) that is going to be used for the job you are applying to.
4. Under the section "My Career Tools" (located towards the top of the page), Select "Cover Letters & Attachments", and then "Add Attachments" towards the bottom.
5. For Attachment Type, choose the most appropriate option (i.e. "DIPLOMA/TRANSCRIPTS or DD214.")
*If you do not see an appropriate choice, you may use "Reference Attachments." Under Attachment Purpose, you can TYPE a description.
6. Then Select "Add Attachment" and hit the "Browse" button to locate your attachment.
7. Once you have selected your attachment, select "Open", hit "Upload" and then "Save & Return."
8. After you confirm your attachment has been uploaded, then proceed to fill out your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Personnel Service Department at (559) 621-6950 in advance of the examination.

Closing Date/Time: 05/22/2023

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