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Accountant, Supervising

Salary: $28.03-$34.22 hourly / $4,875-$5,951 monthly / Range: 6016

DEFINITION: Under direction, supervises and performs the most complex accounting duties, including: cost accounting, rate-setting, cash management, and accounting that requires knowledge of specialized rules and regulations; prepares and monitors departmental budget; provides significant accounting expertise to departmental management in order to help department achieve fiscal goals; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Accountant III by its emphasis on supervisory duties, including the supervision of Accountant IIIs in performing the most complex accounting duties. Accountant, Supervising is further distinguished from Fiscal Manager, Departmental in that it is primarily responsible for overseeing day-to-day fiscal operations, rather than for long-range fiscal planning and policy-making.


  1. Directly or through subordinate staff: prepares technical fiscal reports, staff reports for the Board of Supervisors, time studies, and audits; performs cost accounting and cash management; analyzes revenue sources to maximize revenue recovery; sets consumer rates for services provided by department; analyzes departmental fiscal operations, identifies opportunities for increased fiscal effectiveness and efficiency, and develops and implements solutions.
  2. Directly or through subordinate staff: selects and supervises professional, paraprofessional, and clerical accounting staff; identifies training needs of subordinate staff and colleagues and provides or arranges for training; establishes standards and evaluates performance; provides technical guidance on difficult accounting problems; reviews and approves personnel actions taken by subordinate supervisors, including selection, performance appraisals, and discipline.
  3. Participates in contract negotiations by providing executive staff with detailed fiscal analysis of potential negotiating positions and recommending strategies; represents the department directly in negotiations with external agencies and organizations; acts as departmental fiscal liaison with state and federal agencies, elected officials, and others, providing information, advocating the department's position, and explaining accounting methods.


  1. Three years of professional experience in accounting or auditing; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor III 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.

Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor may be required for some positions upon appointment.

Knowledge of: generally accepted accounting principles; generally accepted auditing standards; principles and practices of supervision; principles and practices of operational auditing; cost accounting; governmental budgeting; cash management techniques; state codes, rules, and regulations related to County fiscal operations application of computer software to accounting operations.

Ability to: plan, assign, coordinate, organize, and prioritize work; train and supervise staff; prepare and monitor budgets; prepare a variety of written documents; gather and analyze data to develop and recommend a course of action; establish standards and evaluate performance; establish and maintain working relationships with others; learn the operations and working environment of the hiring department.

Required For Position In Health Care: Knowledge of: health care financing methods.


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