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Accountant III

Salary: $25.37-$30.97 hourly / $4,412-$5,387 monthly / Range: 5816

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs complex professional accounting duties; supervises clerical, paraprofessional, and professional staff involved in accounting and fiscal recordkeeping work; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The class of Accountant is found in various County departments and divisions. The Accountant series is distinguished from the Accountant-Auditor class series in that the work of the Accountant series is limited in scope to the finances of a department or division. Further, the Accountant-Auditor class series is found only in the Auditor-Controller's Office.

Accountant III is the advanced journey level in the professional accounting series. Incumbents independently perform complex professional accounting responsibilities and/or supervise a major accounting function in a large department under the supervision of a division head or department head.


  1. Prepares or verifies a variety of complex accounting, statistical, and narrative statements or reports requiring extensive analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Establishes and maintains new departmental accounting systems and procedures; makes recommendations on the implementation of departmental accounting system revisions to increase efficiency and effectiveness; establishes and maintains effective accounting controls;
  3. Participates in the preparation, evaluation, justification, and maintenance of budgets and budgetary controls; confers and cooperates with Auditor-Controller staff and systems analysts to implement and improve automated fiscal systems;
  4. Prepares, reviews, and monitors grants, contracts, claims and other fiscal agreements and proposals;
  5. Prepares financial statements, balance sheets, income and expense reports, and cash flow analyses for enterprise funds, internal service funds, or major programs;
  6. Trains, supervises, and evaluates clerical and paraprofessional staff; may supervise professional staff;
  7. Recommends rates and fees based on cost accounting analysis;
  8. Reviews and analyzes proposed and new regulations and legislation impacting revenues; prepares recommendations regarding alternatives available to minimize fiscal impact.


  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or related field, and two years of professional accounting experience; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accountant II with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. 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, practices and procedures including cost accounting; application of computer software to accounting operations.

Ability to: plan, initiate and complete work assignments with a minimum of direction; understand and apply legal requirements and administrative policies to departmental accounting functions; interpret and analyze complex fiscal data and draw logical conclusions; detect possible weaknesses of internal control of standard accounting procedures and recommend revisions; verbally communicate accounting procedures and policies to staff and others; write memos and reports clearly and concisely; use personal computer applications including spreadsheet software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions.


Knowledge of: principles and practices of governmental accounting; and principles and practices of supervision and training.

Ability to: use personal computer applications including word processing and database software.

Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant.


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