Senior Accounting Technician

  • City of Sacramento
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • Feb 08, 2018
Full time Accounting / Finance Government

Job Description


To provide supervision and direction to assigned personnel and to perform the more complex and paraprofessional accounting duties.


The Senior Accounting Technician is given independent responsibility for the completion of paraprofessional accounting duties. This class is distinguished from an Accounting Technician in that the Senior Accounting Technician is required to exercise independent judgment and initiative and to supervise, schedule, assign, and coordinate the work of assigned personnel.


Direction is provided by professional or management personnel. Responsibilities include the direct supervision of paraprofessional accounting and general clerical personnel.



  • Plan, schedule, and assign work to subordinate accounting and clerical personnel.
  • Review the work of assigned personnel to determine accuracy of accounting records.
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation and auditing of materials requiring analyses of supporting documents insuring that all entries and adjustments are entered properly in the system.
  • Identify and resolve problems and inconsistencies, determining corrective entries involved in maintaining accounting controls.
  • Examine, reconcile, balance, and adjust accounting records.
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of a variety of State, Federal, and local claims, statements, and reports from various sources.
  • Answer questions and advise on procedures in preparing accounting transactions.
  • Provide data on monies due, collected, and delinquent for accounting information and annual auditors reports.
  • Prepare and submit accounting information for data processing; reconcile any differences between accounting records and data processing reports; request reports and end-of-year printouts from data processing.
  • Coordinate accounting activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections.
  • Train assigned personnel.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of financial record keeping.
  • Basic accounting principles.
  • Modern office procedures and equipment.
  • Principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Understand and interpret the principles, laws, and procedures involved in fiscal record keeping and accounting functions.
  • Prepare financial reports and maintain ledgers and journals.
  • Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Supervise and train assigned personnel.


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


Four years of experience performing financial and statistical record keeping including one year at the paraprofessional level maintaining an accounting system.


Specialized courses in accounting and business practices.

Proof of Education:

Proof of education such as college transcripts and degrees AND proof of certification must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, or fax to (916) 596-1556 by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax, please include your name and Recruitment #015064-17 on your documents.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any position.


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline.

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 paid hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the City of Sacramento Employment Office by the final filing deadline;

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.
  • An incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

3. Conviction Questionnaire: Human Resources will notify candidates who meet the minimum qualifications by email to complete and submit the "Conviction Questionnaire." The notification will provide each candidate with instructions on how to sign into his/her Neogov account run through GovernmentJobs and retrieve the "Conviction Questionnaire." Promptly follow the instructions and respond to the questionnaire within three (3) business days from the date of the e-mail notification. Failure to complete this step by the deadline will result in having your application not move forward in the examination process.
4. Written Test: (Weighted 100%) – Qualified candidates will be notified by email of the written test date, time, and location approximately two weeks prior to the test. The written test will be job related and may include, but not limited to, the knowledge and abilities above.
5. Eligibility - Candidates who pass the written test will be placed on an eligible list. The Department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list.

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