Salary: $17.64-$21.54 hourly / $3,069-$3,746 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under direction, performs paraprofessional
accounting duties, such as reconciliation, maintenance, and
monitoring of accounts; and compilation of data based on knowledge
of bookkeeping practices, departmental operations, and County
financial systems; and, performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class differs from
Accounting Assistant, Senior in that the latter is primarily
involved in keeping and reviewing financial records and processing
financial transaction documents, following established methods and
Accounting Technician differs from Accounting Technician, Senior,
in that the Senior-level class is more fully accountable for fiscal
programs of greater scope and complexity, and is primarily involved
in the analysis and evaluation of financial records, and the
interpretation and application of financial guidelines. The
Accounting Technician, Senior participates in the development and
maintenance of accounting systems, or acts as a technical specialist
with responsibility for the control of major groupings of funds,
budget units, or revenue and expenditure accounts.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Reconciles, compiles, and tracks financial information
manually or by computer in order to maintain an accurate balance
for a given accounting period; posts payments received and
authorizes payments to vendors, contractors, or clients.
- Communicates verbally and in writing with fund recipients,
departments, and other agencies in order to resolve discrepancies
and exchange or relate information regarding contract budgeting
compliance, financial record corrections, and
inter-department/agency appropriations or expenditures.
- Prepares periodic summaries of financial transactions which
may include balances, revenue and expenditure statements,
statistical cost and operating reports to support annual reports
to federal and state agencies.
- Interprets and explains rules, regulations, and policies
regarding fiscal programs to staff to ensure compliance with
contract terms and accounting procedures.
- May supervise or act as a lead worker over clerical accounting
staff; plans, organizes, and directs work.
- Four years of bookkeeping experience; or,
- one year of experience performing duties equivalent to an
Accounting Assistant, Senior with Santa Barbara County; or,
- 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: advanced bookkeeping practices; principles
of double entry and accrual accounting; techniques used to reconcile
subsidiary accounts to control accounts and maintain books through
trial balance; computerized accounting system and/or personal
computer spreadsheet software applications; business math.
Ability to: read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations,
policies, and procedures involved in fiscal recordkeeping and
accounting functions; compile and present fiscal or financial data;
learn accounting structure, financial guidelines, systems, and
procedures of the department(s), fiscal program, or agency served;
learn basic budgeting and funding regulations, practices, and
procedures; maintain journals and ledgers; make arithmetical
calculations, including ratio, rate, and percentage; create computer
spreadsheets and reports; act in a lead capacity over clerical
accounting staff; communicate general and technical information;
maintain working relationships with government officials, superiors,
co-workers, and the public; operate business machines; train staff
on departmental practices and procedures; identify and resolve
discrepancies in accounting records.