Sheriff's Office Accountant I

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on September 9, 2022
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Starting salary up to $35.63/hour ($74,364/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

At this time, the Sheriff's Office Accountant can be filled at the I or II level, depending on qualifications. If you are interested in applying at the II level, you must apply to the separate concurrent recruitment being conducted for that level. This job class is eligible to promote to the next level in the series, up to Accountant II, once the minimum qualifications are met.
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
  • 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
  • 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
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • 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
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Accountant II (Salary up to $41.49/hour)

About the position

Working out of the main Sheriff's Office, which encompasses our full law enforcement family, as a Sheriff's Office Accountant you will be producing reimbursement claims for state and federal grants, preparing invoices for contracted services, generating reports for operations and management staff, managing fiscal year-end entries, processing journals to transfer funds, managing reconciliations, coordinating the annual escheatment of monies, and making deposits. Additionally you may plan, assign, and review the work of clerical staff in the fiscal unit.

The ideal candidate for this position is a detail-oriented self-starter, who enjoys problem solving, and will have:

  • Some experience with PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial software and fund accounting
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

We are currently recruiting to fill one Accountant at either the I or II level. Note: If you are interested in applying at the II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that 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 vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title for this position is Accountant I.
*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 Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory.



Minimum Qualifications


Education & Experience: Any combination of education and experience which would provide opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, either possession of a college degree in accounting, finance or business administration with at least 12 semesters or 16 quarter units of accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting or Auditing;


Possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate;


Five years of Account Clerk experience including two years as an Accounting Technician or higher with Sonoma County and at least 9 semesters or 12 quarter units of college level accounting credit, 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


Knowledge of: accounting theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of accounting transactions; modern office management procedures, practices, and equipment, particularly as they apply to accounting operations; data processing applications to accounting procedures.

Ability to: analyze and evaluate accounting data; learn the principles and procedures of governmental accounting; prepare financial reports; make mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and staff of other County departments; supervise and review the work of a clerical accounting staff; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise fiscal reports; adjust to workload changes and work under pressure to meet deadlines.


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.