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Accounting Technician, Senior

Salary: $20.27-$24.74 hourly / $3,525-$4,304 monthly / Range: 5366

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 established guidelines.
  5. 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 as requested.
  6. Researches and corrects complex accounting errors or discrepancies to ensure accurate accounting.
  7. Sets up accounting ledgers, including subsidiary records within the framework of an established accounting system.
  8. Reads, interprets, and explains rules, regulations, and policies regarding fiscal programs to staff to ensure compliance with contract terms and accounting procedures.
  9. 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 them.


  1. Two years of experience performing paraprofessional accounting, such as reconciliation, maintenance, and monitoring of accounts and compilation of financial data; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Accounting Technician with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. 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.

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