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Accounting Technician

Salary: $17.64-$21.54 hourly / $3,069-$3,746 monthly / Range: 5088

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 guidelines.

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Interprets and explains rules, regulations, and policies regarding fiscal programs to staff to ensure compliance with contract terms and accounting procedures.
  5. May supervise or act as a lead worker over clerical accounting staff; plans, organizes, and directs work.


  1. Four years of bookkeeping experience; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to an Accounting Assistant, Senior 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: 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.

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