Accounting Specialist I
Oakland Housing Authority - Oakland, CA

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$3,148 - $3,475/Monthly
(Appointment is generally made at one of the first three steps, depending on qualifications )

Under close supervision, performs a variety of routine clerical accounting work in the processing, preparation and maintenance of financial, accounting and statistical records; processes accounts payable, accounts receivable, Section 8 contracts and rent collections; performs related work as assigned.

Depending on assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Receives and matches invoices for payment processing; verifies invoice information such as quantities and types of items ordered and purchase order numbers; confers with invoice originator or vendor on questions regarding invoice processing

Provides information on accounts payable procedures, rent collections, Section 8 payments, accounts payable, vendor payments and applicable Housing Authority policies

Enters and retrieves data from a computerized accounting system

Reconciles and prepares payments requests

Receives payments and issues receipts

Receives checks by mail and processes and balances accordingly

Maintains accounting control records and posts records

Makes mathematical calculations

Operates a variety of accounting and clerical office equipment such as a check signing machine, personal computer, typewriter, phone, fax, calculator, copier, scanner and other department specific equipment

Compiles a variety of statistics and financial data for reports and records

Performs other related work as assigned.


Graduation from high school or GED; twelve (12) semester units of college training in accounting or finance preferred;

One year of paid experience in maintaining financial or statistical records in an accounting office.

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered.


Knowledge of: the specific functional area to which assigned (e.g. accounts receivable or accounts payable); terminology used in financial and statistical recordkeeping; financial record keeping and bookkeeping practices and procedures; office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; computerized accounting programs; standard PC hardware and software including MS Office, Excel and other related programs and systems.

Ability to: prepare, maintain and reconcile various financial, accounting, statistical and numerical records; perform detailed accounting clerical work accurately, make accurate mathematical calculations; learn computer skills and other new technology; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; type at a speed of not less than 40 net wpm.

BILINGUAL SKILLS: Candidates with bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and/or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please complete an Employment Application by clicking on the "apply" link below. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012.


Thank you for your interest in employment at the Oakland Housing Authority.

To apply for this position, applicants must complete and submit an online application at by the date indicated; a current, detailed resume may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

All applications and resumes will be carefully screened. Those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the requirements of the position will be invited to compete in the examination process. Candidates who compete successfully in this examination will have their names placed on a List of Qualifiers. An appointment will be made from the List. For some positions, an experience/training rating and/or written evaluation of candidates will be used in lieu of the oral examination. The names of the highest-ranking candidates will be placed on the List of Qualifiers, and the final selection will be made from this List. College degrees or units required for the position will be verified prior to final appointment. If this information cannot be verified for a candidate, the candidate's name will not be placed on the List of Qualifiers. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Executive Director.

All prospective employees must pass a physical examination and drug screening by an Authority-designated physician. A pre-employment criminal history background check will also be conducted for all positions. For positions requiring use of an Authority vehicle, candidates' driving records will be checked prior to appointment. To be eligible for appointment, each candidate must possess a valid California Class C driver's license and a driving record acceptable to the Authority's insurer. All prospective employees must also provide proof of American citizenship, or legal resident status and the legal right to work in the United States.

Prior to becoming permanent, new employees must successfully pass a probationary period.

Union dues and initiation fees, or service fees equal to the amount of monthly union dues are required of employees who are in positions represented by a collective bargaining agent.


Employees of the Authority enjoy a competitive fringe benefit program.

SICK LEAVE is accrued at the rate of one day per month.

VACATION LEAVE for new employees is accrued at the rate of 10 days each year. There are also fourteen (14) paid holidays each year.

RETIREMENT - The Authority is a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), and membership is fully paid by the Authority. The Authority also participates in Social Security.


GROUP LIFE INSURANCE is fully paid by the Authority.

Management, supervisory, professional and confidential employees are also entitled to a management benefit package allowance and five days of administrative leave per year.

The Oakland Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran's status or disability in the employment or the provision of services.

In compliance with the federal, state and local disability laws, the Oakland Housing Authority will provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to disability. The Authority is committed to making reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodation in the examination process must do so no later than five (5) working days after the point of invitation by the Authority to an examination, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodation for this selection process. The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate disabled applicants. Applicants with special needs, please call (510) 874-1575 (voice); (510) 832-7331 (TDD).

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