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Accounting Clerk

Organization: Costa Mesa Sanitary District
Date Posted: 5/7/2019
Date Needed: 7/1/2019
City: Costa Mesa
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Accounting/Audit/Controller
Salary: $22.98 hourly
Type of Position: Part-Time
Education Requirement: High School / GED
Experience Requirement: 1-2 years

Description & Details

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is a Special District located in the heart of Orange County, California. CMSD provides sewer and solid waste collection services to residents and businesses in the City of Costa Mesa and a small portion of the City of Newport Beach. 

CMSD is seeking a part-time Accounting Clerk. The ideal candidate must possess the highest level of integrity and ethics. This position is a journey-level clerical accounting support classification and is characterized by the performance of clerical financial recordkeeping, bookkeeping, reporting, and processing of financial transactions.  Positions in this classification are involved in reconciling various financial records to establish balances and develop basic financial reports.

Duties may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Performs a variety of routine administrative and clerical account support duties related to payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable, including posting, balancing, adjusting, and maintaining manual and computerized account and financial records according to established policies and procedures.

  • Audits, balances, resolves or reconciles discrepancies between payments, receipts, accounts and/or source documents; posts transactions in accounts, journals and ledgers.

  • Assists in performing payroll accounting work.

  • Processes payments in batches and logs batch reports as appropriate; processes warrant writing; prepares documentation for payment; confers with vendors as necessary; enters and verifies data to produce payment; prepares payments for mailing and files copies with backup.

  • Verifies, posts and records a variety of financial transactions; prepares and maintains databases, records, and a variety of basic periodic financial, accounting and statistical reports; generates reports by computer and balances them appropriately.

  • Enters and retrieves information and data using standard word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as accounting, financial, and other related electronic information systems.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The Qualifications of this position are:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic terminology and practices of financial and account document processing and record-keeping, including payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.

  • Business arithmetic and basic financial and statistical techniques.

  • Record-keeping principles and procedures.

  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and computer applications related to work, including word processing and spreadsheet software.

  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.

  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.


    Ability to:

  • Perform detailed account and financial office support work accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Respond to and effectively prioritize multiple phone calls and other requests for service.

  • Interpret, apply, and explain policies and procedures.

  • Compose correspondence and reports independently or from brief instructions.

  • Make accurate arithmetic, financial, and statistical computations.

  • Enter and retrieve data from a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform assigned work.

  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.

  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.

  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.

  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and two (2) years of accounting experience including performing varied account or statistical record keeping or cashiering duties.


The Accounting Clerk recruitment is open until filled.

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