Supervising Accountant

Contra Costa County, CA
May 26, 2023
Contra Costa County, CA
Job Type


The Position

B argaining Unit: Local 21 - Supervisory Management

The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases: 5% on July 1, 2023, 5% on July 1, 2024, and 5% on July 1, 2025.

Why join Contra Costa County?
Contra Costa County is located in northern California and covers about 733 square miles. It stretches from the northeastern shore of San Francisco Bay to the San Joaquin River. The county has a population of just over 1 million, making it one of the top ten most populous counties in California. It's known for being home to one of the most diverse populations in the state, both culturally and economically.

Working for Contra Costa County gives you the opportunity to serve and improve the lives of the local community. The county provides essential services such as public safety, healthcare, social services, and infrastructure development. Working for the county can be a rewarding experience as it allows individuals to make a positive impact on their community and contribute to the betterment of society. Additionally, Contra Costa County offers competitive salaries, good benefits, and opportunities for career growth and development.

The Supervising Accountant classification is utilized in different departments across the County. Individuals in this position function as first-line supervisors responsible for planning, directing, and reviewing the work of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical accounting staff.

We are currently looking to fill one (1) vacancy in the Human Resources Department. However, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment can be used to fill vacancies in other departments when they become available. This is an exciting time to join Contra Costa County! Apply today!

Why join Contra Costa County Human Resources?
Contra Costa County recognizes that our employees are our strongest and greatest asset! The Human Resources (HR) Department has a staff of approximately 50 employees organized into four Divisions that provide a full range of Human Resources services to County Departments, employees, and the public.

Human Resources team members work in collaboration with one another and the County Administrator's Office to provide human resources services and oversight to 27 County departments. In order to provide the services to our partners and clients, we strive to recruit motivated, forward-thinking, results-driven HR Staff.

Over the past few years, we have been actively upgrading our two core HRIS (Peoplesoft and NEOGOV), and implementing other technologies to streamline processes, produce actionable data, and improve outcomes. In addition, we are actively working to identify innovative and creative approaches to add value and provide high quality services to our County partners and the public.

As the leader of the HR Department's Accounting team, the Supervising Accountant provides vital support to these initiatives, and ensures that the employee and retiree benefits billing, payments, and reconciliation process is managed efficiently and accurately. This team also ensures timely processing of the Accounts Payable and Account Receivables transactions. The successful Supervising Accountant will be a skilled professional and proactive business partner who takes ownership for identifying and implementing solutions. They will have two direct reports, and the ideal candidate is someone who can foster a positive learning environment and provide strong leadership and support to their staff.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • A compelling communicator with effective relationship building skills. You will need to establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with the Auditor-Controllers' Office, in addition to several internal stakeholders within the department.
  • Organized and results-driven. You will need to balance multiple assignments and priorities in a fast-paced environment, and ensure timely participation from other members of the leadership team.
  • Innovative and solutions-focused. You will need to take a fresh look at various past practices and identify opportunities to modernize and streamline the work of your team.
  • Tech-Savvy and Improvement Oriented. You will need to leverage the various technology systems and approach business process analysis as a continuous cycle.
  • A strong leader with robust management skills to lead and develop staff. You will need to coach, train, and provide feedback to your team to ensure they have the support and knowledge necessary to perform their work.

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Leading the accounting function for the department
  • Producing a variety of reports and performing complex financial, statistical, budgetary, tax, accounting analyses
  • Supervising the work and performance of the accounting team
  • Auditing and analyzing the current structure and processes as part of the department's commitment to continuous improvement
  • Oversees the preparation of a wide variety of journals, transfer of funds and other financial documents
  • Ensuring timely processing of the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable transactions
  • Manages various employee benefits trust funds

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • You will work with people who are passionate about their work, and focused on continuous improvement and innovation.
  • You will operate with a high level of autonomy and responsibility.
  • There will be opportunities to develop and grow your accounting expertise.
  • You will be able to apply your accounting skills and problem-solving abilities to recommend business process changes and increase efficiency.

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • As the leader within the department, you will need to work through ambiguity and chart new paths forward.
  • You will interact with some people with strong personalities and/or high expectations.
  • You will work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.

Competencies Required:

  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Innovative Problem Solving: Identifying and analyzing problems in order to propose new ways to do business
  • Mathematical Facility: Performing computations and solving mathematical problems
  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Informing: Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Coaching & Developing Others: Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
  • Leveraging Technology: Applying technology for improvements in organizational efficiency and effectiveness

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months. Read the complete job description at .

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Either possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, finance, accounting, or a closely related field. Course work must have included at least 12 semester or 18 quarter units of accounting; or possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate.

Experience: Three (3) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) professional accounting experience.

Substitution for Education: One (1) year of full-time or its equivalent experience as an Accountant III with Contra Costa County may be substituted for the required Bachelor's degree. One (1) additional year of full-time or its equivalent experience may be substituted for the academic major. No substitution is allowed for the required semester or quarter units of accounting.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Accounting experience in local government

Selection Process
Application Filing: All applicants must apply online at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.Online Multiple-Choice Assessment: Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online multiple-choice assessment. The assessment will measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the Supervising Accountant classification. This assessment will measure the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Mathematical Facility, Adaptability, Displaying Ownership and Accountability, Professional Integrity and Ethics, and Building and Maintaining Relationships (weighted 100%).

The Supervising Accountant assessment is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely) on June 22, 2023 through June 26, 2023.

The assessment will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take part the assessment.
The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Amanda Monson at For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs' applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found here:

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: 6/13/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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