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Accountant-Auditor I, II, III

Salary:

$22.37-$27.31 hourly / $3,891-$4,750 monthly / Range: 5564

Accountant-Auditor II (#0021)

$24.23-$29.58 hourly / $4,214-$5,145 monthly / Range: 5724

Accountant-Auditor III (#0022)

$27.92-$34.08 hourly / $4,856-$5,928 monthly / Range: 6008

DEFINITION: Under general direction, incumbents in these classes perform professional accounting tasks for program activities of an accounting division in the Auditor-Controller's Office; or perform audits of departments, boards, or institutions under the control of the Board of Supervisors, or of any district whose funds are kept in the County treasury; and performs related duties as required.

Accountant-Auditor I is the entry level in this professional series. Incumbents learn departmental and County accounting policies, procedures, and systems; Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; departmental and County auditing policies, procedures, and systems; and practices associated with governmental accounting. Incumbents at this level may supervise clerical and paraprofessional accounting staff.

Accountant-Auditor II is the journey level, with an emphasis on complex accounting or auditing work. Accountant-Auditor III is the advanced journey level, in which incumbents perform or supervise major specialized accounting activities, or independently perform the most difficult or complex audits. Incumbents at the II and III level may supervise clerical, paraprofessional, and professional accounting staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The class of Accountant-Auditor is found only in the Auditor-Controller's Office. Incumbents in this class may be assigned accounting duties in the Operations, Financial Reporting, or Financial Systems Divisions of the Auditor-Controller's Office, or may be assigned auditing duties in the Internal Audit Division.

The Accountant-Auditor class is distinguished from the Accountant class in that the work of the Accountant-Auditors is broader in scope, encompassing the full range of responsibility for County, as opposed to departmental, finances; in addition, Accountant-Auditors may be assigned auditing duties.

The Accountant-Auditor class is further distinguished from the class of Auditor-Controller Division Chief and Audit Manager in that incumbents in the Accountant-Auditor class are primarily responsible for a specific function or project within a division, whereas the higher-level classes are responsible for the direction of all functions and programs within a division.

Typically, incumbents in these classes will be rotated among a variety of accounting and auditing assignments for purposes of staff development.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Accounting Specialty:

  1. Prepares the most complex accounting records and transactions; reviews accounting records and transactions for accuracy; analyzes records and transactions in order to project results, such as impact on financial statement; prepares large or complex claims to federal and state agencies and reviews claims prepared by subordinates for accuracy.
  2. Initiates and participates in special studies of automated and manual accounting systems to ensure economy, efficiency, and adequate internal controls; establishes controls for fiscal accountability; implements automated systems and procedures; coordinates new system conversions and upgrades among Auditor's staff, department users, and vendors; consults with and advises department management and accounting personnel on a wide variety of fiscal and operating matters, such as payroll codes, Financial Management Information System, and processing of transactions; participates in the development and presentation of training programs in County financial processes and systems.
  3. Reviews fees and indirect cost rates and measures cost per unit of service to determine whether fees are being set at appropriate levels; monitors revenues and expenditures to determine whether reported levels meet anticipated levels; reviews revenue estimates of departments and recommends revisions as appropriate; supervises or participates in the preparation of financial reports, such as final budget, cost allocation plan, and payroll tax reports, required by state and federal agencies; reviews revenue and expenditure contracts to ensure that grants or contracts are drafted in compliance with established standards.
  4. May supervise an internal fiscal unit, such as payroll, disbursements, revenue, general accounting, or property tax; may supervise special projects, such as budget preparation, financial reporting, cost plan compilation, and grant accounting; may participate in the interviewing and selection of staff; may assign, schedule, and review work of staff; provides training; may evaluate employee performance and take disciplinary action.

Auditing Specialty:

  1. Performs financial, performance, and electronic data processing (EDP) audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards; performs operational efficiency and economy audits; determines whether internal control policies are adequate and recommends implementation of new or improved internal control policies and procedures; evaluates effectiveness of departments in achieving their desired program results; performs compliance audits for federally- and state-funded programs; investigates fraud and misuse of public funds.
  2. Prepares audit work papers; writes audit findings and reports for communication to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, Grand Jury, and department management regarding audit findings and recommendations; consults with and provides advice to colleagues, as well as to departmental staff.
  3. Reviews internal controls of EDP systems during design development stages to ensure their adequacy and to recommend improvements; analyzes and suggests changes to fiscal controls of installed EDP systems; develops computer databases and inquiry processes in order to obtain audit information through EDP systems.
  4. May act in a lead capacity over a team of auditors performing a complex or difficult audit, providing technical advice and general direction.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Accountant-Auditor I:

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field (candidates who are within 36 semester units or 45 quarter units of completing their degree may compete in the examination and be considered for appointment, but completion of the degree is required prior to or within the first six months of the probationary period); or,
  2. possession of an associate's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field, and two years of paraprofessional accounting experience performing duties equivalent to a full-charge bookkeeper or to an Accounting Technician, Senior with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. three years of paraprofessional experience performing duties equivalent to a full-charge bookkeeper or to an Accounting Technician, Senior with Santa Barbara County, supplemented by professional training or college coursework in accounting or bookkeeping; or,
  4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including internal control systems, cost accounting, and general ledger; personal computer applications; standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: gather, organize and analyze data; learn, interpret, and apply legal and procedural requirements; interpret and apply professional principles and standards; perform mathematical calculations; learn County financial processes and systems; learn principles and practices of government accounting; learn principles of management theory; explain regulations, principles, guidelines, procedures, and processes to others; establish and maintain working relationships with vendors and departmental staff and management; maintain impartiality and objectivity; learn to analyze fiscal data and

operating procedures of routine complexity and make projections and recommendations; learn principles of supervision, including selection, training, evaluation, and discipline; write narrative reports.

Desirable: knowledge of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; automated accounting systems.

Accountant-Auditor II:

  1. Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor; or,
  2. possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field, and one year of professional experience in accounting or auditing; or,
  3. possession of an associate's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field, and two years of professional experience in accounting or auditing; or,
  4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including internal control systems, cost accounting, and general ledger; Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; automated accounting systems and personal computer applications; principles of management theory.

Ability to: interpret and apply legal and procedural requirements; interpret and apply professional principles and standards; analyze fiscal data and operating procedures of moderate complexity and make projections and recommendations; perform mathematical calculations; learn principles and practices of government accounting; learn and explain County financial processes and systems to others; prepare financial reports, or sections thereof; establish and maintain working relationships with vendors and departmental staff and management; maintain impartiality and objectivity; learn principles of supervision, including selection, training, evaluation, and discipline.

Accountant-Auditor III:

  1. Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor; or,
  2. possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field, and two years of professional experience in accounting or auditing; or,
  3. possession of an associate's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field, and three years of professional experience in accounting or auditing; or,
  4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including internal control systems, cost accounting, and general ledger; Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; automated accounting systems and personal computer applications; management theory and practice; principles of supervision.

Ability to: interpret and apply legal and procedural requirements; interpret and apply professional principles and standards; analyze highly complex fiscal data and operating procedures and make projections and recommendations; perform mathematical calculations; learn principles of government accounting; learn and explain County financial processes and systems to others; prepare financial reports, or sections thereof; exercise independent judgment; organize and prioritize work of others; establish and maintain working relationships with vendors and departmental staff and management; maintain impartiality and objectivity.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in these classes.

 



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