Accountant II
County of Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA

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The County of Santa Cruz
Announces an Employment Opportunity For

Accountant II

Open and Promotional
Job # 12-UB4-02
Salary: $4,517 -- 5,706 / Month




THE JOB: Accountant II is the journey level in the Accountant series. Incumbents perform professional operating or cost accounting work, which requires the application of established accounting principles to a wide variety of problems. As distinguished from the Accountant I level, accounting assignments are relatively unstable, must be adjusted to new or changed conditions, and are complicated by the need to coordinate separate or specialized accounting treatment and reporting. Incumbents may also train Accountants I and/or may supervise accounting clerical staff. This eligible list will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies during the life of the list.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in accounting or a closely related field, including at least 15 semester units in elementary and advanced accounting, management information systems, business law and cost accounting AND one year of experience performing duties comparable to an Accountant I in Santa Cruz County.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of accounting principles, practices and procedures; business law; the application of data processing to accounting operations; and governmental accounting principles and practices. Some knowledge of auditing principles and practices; office practices and systems; and governmental budgetary operations.

Ability to: Learn to perform a wide variety of governmental accounting work; analyze and evaluate accounting problems and take appropriate action; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; develop pertinent accounting and related data to prepare reports and statements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; learn to operate a personal computer, or computer terminal, to design programs to store, retrieve and analyze data; effectively perform a variety of general governmental and cost accounting assignments, including the preparation of required reports and financial statements; design and implement the less complex accounting system modifications; and analyze and evaluate the more difficult accounting problems and take appropriate action.

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at or mail/bring an application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


Employment experiences referred to in your responses must also be included in the Employment History section of the application. Your responses to each question should be limited to one single-spaced, typewritten page.

1. Please list any related college level course work you have completed in accounting or business law. Include the name of the school or college, the course title, number of units earned and whether semester or quarter units. Transcripts are acceptable, however, please highlight applicable courses.

2. Please describe your training in analyzing government or business regulations and setting up accounting systems to produce required financial reports.

3. Describe your training and experience dealing with:
A. Cost accounting (including cost allocation plans).
B. Governmental or business budgetary operations.
C. Governmental or business accounting principles and practices.

ANNUAL LEAVE -- 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS -- 12.5 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE -- 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN -- The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN -- County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN -- County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT -- CAlPERS retirement plan 2% @55 FAE 1 retirement formula (single highest year compensation). County pays a portion of retirement contribution.
LIFE INSURANCE -- County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
SDI -- Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN -- Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing "pre-tax dollars."
H-CARE PLAN -- Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) -- Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION -- Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION -- A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
OTHER -- Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.
NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

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