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Accounting Technician, Supervising

Salary: $21.74-$26.53 hourly / $3,780-$4,615 monthly / Range: 5506

DEFINITION: Under general direction, trains and supervises clerical and paraprofessional accounting staff in the maintenance of financial accounts and preparation of financial reports; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Accounting Technician, Senior in that the emphasis of the Accounting Technician, Supervising 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. Plans, organizes, and directs the work of staff by providing training, prioritizing projects, delegating assignments, setting deadlines, reviewing work, and explaining the impact of changes in laws or procedures on their work; selects, disciplines, and evaluates staff.
  2. Researches and resolves the more complex accounting problems that cannot be resolved by subordinate staff, such as discrepancies in account balances, changes in budget accounts, and overdrafts; coordinates with other departmental or County staff to develop procedures or resolve problems that affect more than one unit or one department; analyzes laws, rules, and regulations to determine impact on the operations of the unit, and implements any necessary changes in operations or procedures.
  3. May perform specialized paraprofessional accounting and related duties, such as: making cost projections and analyzing spending patterns in order to assist management in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budget; preparing the budget for a small budget unit; computing and preparing monthly and quarterly reimbursement claims; training other staff in the use of the County's financial management systems; reviewing transactions to ensure that federal reporting is accurate.
  4. Uses mainframe and personal computer applications to monitor accounts and generate statistical reports; designs computer spreadsheets and reports in order to improve the efficiency of the unit; with data processing staff, coordinates system or software upgrades; schedules and resolves problems with production runs; assists vendors and computer operations staff in resolving abends; analyzes data errors to determine source of error; using higher-level security access, changes or corrects input codes so that the computer can process data correctly.


  1. Two years of experience performing paraprofessional accounting, such as reconciliation, maintenance, and monitoring of accounts and compilation of financial data, and one year of supervisory experience; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Accounting Technician with Santa Barbara County, and one year of supervisory experience; 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: principles and practices of supervision, including hiring, training, and evaluating staff; accounting principles and bookkeeping practices, including double-entry, accrual, and cost accounting; principles of governmental budgeting; computerized accounting system and/or personal computer spreadsheet software applications; business math.

Ability to: plan, organize, schedule, direct, and review work of staff; train staff on department practices and procedures; read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to fiscal recordkeeping and accounting functions; analyze problems and develop solutions; develop and implement accounting, automated recordkeeping, and related departmental procedures; create computer spreadsheets and reports; compile, analyze, and evaluate fiscal data and reports; make financial projections and forecasts; maintain journals and ledgers and prepare financial summaries; make arithmetical calculations, including ratio, rate, and percentage; prepare narrative and statistical reports; 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 function, or agency served; identify and resolve discrepancies in accounting records; operate business machines.

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