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DEFINITION: Under general direction, manages and supervises the planning, coordination, reviewing, and evaluation of program activities for an accounting division within the Office of the Auditor-Controller; and, performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this classification work under the direction of the Auditor-Controller and Assistant Auditor-Controller and are responsible for the management of professional accountants, paraprofessional technicians, and clerical staff in an internal accounting division such as: Financial Accounting and Customer Support; Payroll; Property Tax; Specialty and Advanced Accounting; Systems Development; Financial Reporting, Budget, and Cost; or Financial Systems Management. It differs from the class of Financial Accounting Analyst in that the Division Chief is responsible for the management of the division rather than the supervision of the day-to-day functions or projects within a division.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Duties will vary per division.)

  1. Plans, organizes, directs, monitors, and evaluates the financial and accounting work of professional accountants, paraprofessional technical and clerical staff performing tasks in payroll, accounts payable, general ledger, grants and mandates, property tax allocation, revenue accounting, controlling and issuance of warrants, fee review and development, and indirect cost rate development; oversees and controls County-wide fiscal information systems and provides direction and training to ensure conformance with County and departmental policies and procedures, state and federal laws and regulations, and standards of professional agencies; oversees and supervises the production of management reports, financial statements and other statistical reports from various systems; develops and publishes various financial reports for the County and the public.
  2. Develops and implements policies, procedures, standards and systems for the operational areas and monitors performance to insure effectiveness and efficiency of the programs; initiates and participates in special studies of accounting and fiscal systems, practices and procedures; performs professional accounting work of unusual difficulty.
  3. Directs and implements the installation of automated systems and procedures; develops cost estimates for hardware and software applications and oversees acquisition; implements and coordinates new system conversions or major revisions between staff, users and vendors.
  4. Coordinates the development and review of all fees and indirect cost rates and provides for system training of county departments; coordinates, reviews and trains staff county-wide for reimbursement procedures and claims from state and federal agencies for mandated programs.
  5. Monitors revenue generation and expenditures to identify need for more in-depth analysis; establishes internal controls to insure fiscal accuracy and requirements/obligations are met; reviews and approves draft revenue and expenditure contracts; applies policy criteria to insure that agreements are adequate as to accounting form; designs and maintains informational data base for all revenue generating contracts; monitors revenue collection and expenditures of County departments; and reviews departmental revenue estimates as part of the County budget preparation process in coordination with the County Executive Office.


  1. Three years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting and fiscal systems, including one year of supervisory experience in any field; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accountant-Auditor III with Santa Barbara County, including one year of supervisory experience in any field; 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.

Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant is desirable.

Knowledge of: generally accepted accounting principles, practices, procedures and standards; policy and procedure development techniques; principles and practices of management and supervision; the application of automated systems for financial reporting and accounting purposes; principles of cost/benefit analysis; fiscal monitoring and control mechanisms; functions of revenue expenditures and collections; and laws and regulations that apply to government accounting principles, practices, procedures and standards.

Ability to: plan, organize, delegate, supervise, monitor and evaluate the work of professional accounting, paraprofessional, technical, and clerical staff; analyze and evaluate administrative and abstract accounting concepts and procedures; devise new or revised policies and procedures to adapt to internal and external policy changes or legal mandates; prepare all administrative, systems usage and physical aspects of systems integration or revision; anticipate procedural or program changes and select and assemble appropriate training materials for staff; produce and manage the production of various comprehensive fiscal reports; read and understand contractual language; understand and apply a wide range of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to governmental fiscal operations; establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with executive and subordinate staff, other departments, and other government agencies; write clear and concise reports; make public oral presentations; exercise sound judgment in sensitive situations.

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