Supervising Accountant – Promotional

Sonoma County, CA
September 10, 2021
Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type


Position Information


The General Services Department has requested a county-wide promotional certification to fill a Supervising Accountant position. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time and part-time positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

As a working supervisor, the General Services' Supervising Accountant oversees accounting and budget functions within the Accounting Division and supervises three accounting support staff. This position approves Enterprise Financial System (EFS) transactions, maintains Capital Project Reconciliation spreadsheets and Operations Trend Reports, prepares quarterly Veterans Buildings Financial Report for Veterans meetings, and leads annual cost plan submissions. Additionally, the Supervising Accountant:

  • Prepares all Annual Budget and Quarterly Estimate worksheets and distributes to divisions
  • Receives completed division spreadsheets; reviews estimates to ensure costs are reasonable, complete, and within net cost targets; and meets with divisions as necessary to complete required budgets
  • Enters all department budget adjustments (Operating and Capital) into Planning
  • Prepares financing resolutions for all department Board Items

The ideal candidate will bring strong supervisory capabilities with the ability to connect with staff as a team leader, be an engaged and positive team member, and possess:

  • A solid understanding of government accounting principles and some experience with budgeting in the government sector
  • Experience preparing complex financial reports, budgets, and cost allocation plans
  • Direct, hands-on experience using the County's financial tracking systems - EFS and Planning
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to analyze accounting-related problems, and identify and recommend novel solutions
  • The ability to effectively prioritize, communicate, and coordinate multiple ongoing projects
  • Strong Quicken and Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word capabilities
  • A valid Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification is highly desired
  • A sense of humor, patience, and flexibility with competing priorities


Minimum Qualifications

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


Four years of experience in governmental auditing and/or accounting at a position comparable to an Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor II with at least 21 semester units of accounting, including principles of accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, governmental accounting, cost accounting or auditing would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Training and/or experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of full-time paid work experience in a position comparable to Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor II in a local government agency, or four years in a professional level auditing or accounting position which demonstrates competency in the many different facets of accounting and/or auditing theory.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: accounting and auditing principles, theories, and practices as they apply to a wide variety of accounting transactions and fiscal troubleshooting activities.

Thorough knowledge of: the principles, techniques and procedures used in governmental accounting, auditing, and budgetary analysis; the laws, ordinances and regulations which regulate county fiscal operations; modern supervisory practices and principles.

Considerable knowledge of: modern office management, including the application and use of standard office and electronic data processing equipment; expertise in word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Ability to: plan, coordinate and direct the work of a complex accounting or auditing entity which is composed of diverse fiscal functions; set up, revise, review and maintain complex accounting systems using different accounting and/or auditing functions; coordinate the accounting and/or
auditing of division activities; interpret laws and regulations, and apply to a wide variety of fiscal operations; effectively supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel assigned to perform accounting and/or auditing duties; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, subordinates and others as required; present ideas in a clear, logical fashion in writing or orally.

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. 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 application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a 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:

An Application & 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 may be 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Applications are accepted online 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:9/22/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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