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Accountant I

Organization: City of Alameda
Date Posted: 7/9/2019
Date Needed: 7/22/2019
City: Alameda
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Accounting/Audit/Controller
Salary: $66,974.00 yearly
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's

Description & Details


$66,974.00 - $81,406.00 Annually


Finance Department




07/22/1905:00 PM




 Salary is based on working a 4 day, 36 hour full-time work schedule.

Written Exam Scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Under general supervision performs professional accounting duties including the review, development and maintenance of financial records and systems; examines, analyzes and verifies financial data and records; conducts special projects; and performs other related work as required.


This is the entry level class in the professional accounting series. This class assists other professional or management staff by performing tasks that require an understanding of the principles of accounting. This class performs the more routine tasks and duties. Incumbents at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment as higher level classifications. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no work experience directly related to governmental accounting.


1. Maintains, reviews and reconciles general ledger, subsidiary accounts and statements of various City funds; identifies and locates accounting data by researching accounts and related source documents; examines transactions to ensure accuracy; corrects financial records as necessary through preparation and posting of journal entries.

2. Analyzes, verifies and prepares various financial reports and statements, assists in monitoring various accounts and verifies availability of funds and accurate coding and classification of revenues and expenditures; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve problems.

3. Assists in the performance of the year-end review of accounts, preparation of adjusting and closing entries and preparation of year-end financial statements, periodic financial reports and supporting schedules; prepares and updates notes to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

4. Assists in preparation of external audit schedules; prepares records for annual audit and gathers statistical data for financial reporting.

5. Updates and maintains the City's long-term debt payment schedules; ensure debt service payments are made in a timely manner; and assists with annual disclosure reporting.

6. Performs monthly reconciliations of the City's bank accounts.

7. Prepares quarterly sales and payroll tax return accurately and in a timely manner.

8. Reviews, analyzes and reconciles assets, liability, equity, revenues and expenditure accounts.

9. Assists with budget preparation and monitoring; prepares and posts budget adjustment/amendment entries.

10. Assists with revenue and expenditure projections and their impact to fund balance.

11. Assists in implementation, modification and operation of various accounting systems.

12. May act as a liaison with granting agencies and external auditors.

13. May attend conferences and seminars to receive updated information on new governmental accounting statements and other regulations.

14. May provide direction and training for clerical staff.

15. Build and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

16. Performs other related duties as required.


Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting or business administration.

None. However, experience performing technical accounting work is preferred.

CPA, CPFO certification and/or Municipal Government experience.

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, auditing and budgeting principles, practices and theories, including general and fund accounting; automated financial management systems; appropriate laws, rules and regulations.

Ability to perform both complex and routine accounting, financial and statistical work with speed and accuracy; operate a variety of modern office equipment including calculator and computer equipment; accurately prepare and maintain a variety of financial and statistical records and reports; interpret, effectively apply and explain established policies, procedures, rules and regulations; interpret and effectively apply complex governmental regulations; establish and maintain accurate records; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.

Other Requirements
Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record at the time of appointment is required as a condition of initial and continued employment only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than the employee's ability to get to/from various work locations in a timely manner, is necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance. The written exam is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019. If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to thetest date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.

Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List. A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City's Civil Service Rules. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background. The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran's preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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