Accounting Technician, Senior
Salary: $20.27-$24.74 hourly / $3,525-$4,304 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs complex
paraprofessional accounting duties such as developing, monitoring,
and maintaining large, complex departmental 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; performs other duties as required. Supervisory
duties may be included.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is
distinguished from the Accounting Technician in that the emphasis of
the Accounting Technician, Senior class is on the independent
analysis and evaluation of financial records to ensure accuracy, and
the interpretation of financial guidelines to ensure that fiscal
operations are in compliance with guidelines. Accounting Technician,
Senior is distinguished from Accounting Technician, Supervising in
that the emphasis of the Supervising class is on supervising
subordinate staff and using analytical skills to solve complex
operational and systems problems, rather than on performing analysis
and evaluation of financial records.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Using established guidelines, analyzes and evaluates revenues
or expenditures of a department fund or budget unit to determine
the maximum allowable reimbursement or claim, and reports the
information to the appropriate agencies.
- Analyzes and evaluates financial/statistical data to make
recommendations and report on department, division, or fund
expenditures and revenues in order to assist with budget or
financial statement preparation, ensure compliance with
governmental reporting regulations, or for management decisions
regarding budget or fiscal issues.
- Participates in the development, modification, implementation,
and maintenance of an automated financial tracking and
recordkeeping system to improve the efficiency of the accounting
unit and to maintain the integrity of the information generated.
- Assists in the research and compilation of information needed
to set rates; makes complex cost distributions, apportions
indirect costs, and sets up overhead rates in accordance with
- Assists in the preparation of complex documents such as
financial statements and/or annual departmental budget by
compiling and summarizing financial or statistical data for
management use; prepares cost, staffing, and utilization analysis
- Researches and corrects complex accounting errors or
discrepancies to ensure accurate accounting.
- Sets up accounting ledgers, including subsidiary records
within the framework of an established accounting system.
- Reads, interprets, and explains rules, regulations, and
policies regarding fiscal programs to staff to ensure compliance
with contract terms and accounting procedures.
- May select, train, and discipline employees; plans, organizes,
and evaluates the work of clerical and paraprofessional accounting
staff; modifies or establishes work procedures, and documents
- Two years of experience performing paraprofessional
accounting, such as reconciliation, maintenance, and monitoring of
accounts and compilation of financial data; or,
- two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an
Accounting Technician with Santa Barbara County; or,
- equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: accounting principles and bookkeeping
practices; principles of double entry and accrual accounting; basic
budgeting and cost accounting practices and procedures; computerized
accounting system and/or personal computer spreadsheet software
applications; business math.
Ability to: read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations,
policies and procedures related to fiscal recordkeeping and
accounting functions; compile, analyze, and evaluate fiscal data and
reports; develop and implement accounting, automated recordkeeping,
and related departmental procedures; make financial projections and
forecasts; maintain journals and ledgers and prepare financial
summaries; make arithmetical calculations, including ratio, rate,
and percentage; create computer spreadsheets and reports; prepare
narrative and statistical reports; learn the principles and
practices of supervision; learn to plan, organize, schedule, direct,
and review work of staff; train staff on department practices and
procedures; communicate with the public and staff to explain
decisions and give technical information; maintain working
relationships with government officials, superiors, co-workers, and
the public; learn accounting structure, financial guidelines,
systems, and procedures of the department(s), fiscal program, or
agency served; identify and resolve discrepancies in accounting
records; operate business machines.