Accountant/Auditor I

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on April 29, 2022
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Starting salary up to $41.40/hour* ($86,406/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*  

The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office (ACTTC) is currently recruiting to fill an Accountant/Auditor position at either the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at either level of this opportunity, you must submit a separate application to the recruitment currently being conducted for those levels. 

As an Accountant/Auditor I, you will perform a broad scope of accounting and auditing work, encompassing the full range of responsibility for County services. You will be responsible for implementing Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Pronouncements, as well as providing accounting support and guidance to others. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Performing internal control reviews, investigations, and compliance tests for various County entities
  • Planning, organizing, and directing audits of County departments, special districts, and grants
  • Pension accounting
  • Preparing financial reports, including the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)
  • Coordinating the direction, revision, and/or development of accounting systems and procedures
  • Training clerical and technical personnel, including the assignment and evaluation of their work

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:

  • The ability to analyze, implement, and apply accounting standards, revenue and taxation code, government code, and other regulations
  • Governmental accounting and auditing experience, including preparing complex financial reports
  • Effective communication and relationship building skills
  • A passion for accounting, and continual learning and improvement
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, especially Word and Excel
  • A Certified Public Accountant Certificate (desired but not required)

The Department

The ACTTC Office provides a broad range of quality accounting, financial reporting, auditing, collection, financing, and investing services to County departments, agencies, districts, and the public. Its mission is to provide reliable and relevant financial services in an efficient, ethical, and effective manner to the citizens of Sonoma County while promoting fiscal responsibility and accountability. The Office is comprised of nine divisions, which are overseen by an executive management team that includes the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and three Assistants. ACTTC is staffed by 108 full-time employees and has an annual budget of approximately $167 million. 

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Accountant/Auditor II (salary up to $46.32/hour)
  • 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
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of 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
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family 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 for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
*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 found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory
The ACTTC Office is currently recruiting to fill an Accountant/Auditor position at either the I or II level. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) 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. 
Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: any combination of education and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed above. Normally, either possession of a four year college degree in accounting, finance, economics, management or business administration (or possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate) and one year of professional audit and/or accounting experience (comparable to Accountant I or II or Accountant/Auditor Trainee).


Six years experience in governmental auditing and/or accounting, including one year of professional audit and/or accounting experience (comparable to Accountant I or II or Accountant/Auditor Trainee) AND 12 semester units or 16 quarter units of accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting or Auditing would provide such opportunity.

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


Working Knowledge of: general and governmental accounting principles and practices: generally accepted auditing standards, including governmental auditing; laws and regulations controlling County fiscal operations; principles of personnel and public administrations: and automated accounting systems and personal computer applications.

Ability to: apply general and governmental accounting principles and practices; utilize generally accepted auditing standards, including governmental auditing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, administrative management staff, department heads, and others; problem solve, research, and use fiscal documents: plan, manage, and perform auditing and accounting tasks; direct the work of clerical and technical staff; prepare clear and concise reports and other correspondence; communicate effectively, both orally and writing; adapt to changing work situations as a result of regulations, laws, and requests; explain County financial processes and systems to others: and perform mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately.


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.