Supervising Accounting Officer I/II/III
County of Ventura, CA - Ventura County, CA

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Under general direction of a fiscal manager or deputy director, supervises professional, technical and clerical fiscal staff in the performance of a wide variety of accounting duties. Also personally performs the most complex accounting duties related to the development, maintenance and review of fiscal, financial and statistical records.

Positions in this series supervise a group of professional and accounting support positions (5 or more) with responsibility for the quality, quantity and timeliness of work performed by staff. At least 30% of the time must be spent performing supervisory duties. Positions are allocated to the various levels in the series on the basis of the size and/or level of staff, the diversity and complexity of functions supervised and the nature of the technical accounting and administrative/program support duties performed by the incumbent.

Supervising Accounting Officer I: Direct supervision over a clerical/technical fiscal unit and performs a full range of complex professional accounting duties. Incumbents are expected to possess a broad knowledge of accounting systems and programs, and apply accounting principles to facilitate fiscal control and analysis.

Supervising Accounting Officer II: Direct supervision over an accounting unit with at least two Accounting Officers. Incumbents also perform advanced cost accounting and compliance review work, as well as program/administrative support duties for a fiscal manager or deputy director. The emphasis is on planning and supervision rather than participating in the work of the unit.

Supervising Accounting Officer III: Direct supervision over an accounting unit with four or more Accounting Officers performing difficult professional accounting work involving multiple funding sources, complex cost accounting, and extensive financial reporting requirements. Incumbents also provide significant accounting expertise to departmental managers in order to help the department/agency achieve its fiscal goals.

Supervising Accounting Officer I: $4,779.60 - $6,117.80 per month
Supervising Accounting Officer II: $5,018.50 - $6,423.71 per month
Supervising Accounting Officer III: $5,269.46 - $6,744.87 per month

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE : Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required by the classification.

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE : Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT : Various Departments

Supervising Accounting Officer I/II/III is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

NOTE: This classification is within a bargaining unit that is subject to an agency shop arrangement which mandates all Regular employees either join Local 721 of the SEIU and pay dues as a member OR either pay a service fee to Local 721 or direct that an amount equivalent to the service fee be distributed to a qualified charitable organization.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies throughout the County. There is currently one vacancy at the Health Care Agency.

OPENING DATE : November 12, 2012
CLOSING DATE : November 23, 2012
WRITTEN EXAMINATION : December 4, 2012
SELECTION INTERVIEWS : week of December 10, 2012
SELECTION NOTICES : week of December 17, 2012

Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Selects, trains, assigns and evaluates the work of professional, technical and clerical fiscal staff.
Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of a variety of complex accounting reports and claims with supportive documents, opinions, and recommendations.
Provides technical evaluations and recommends procedures for the resolution of accounting/financial issues. Resolves difficult accounting problems encountered by subordinates.
Interprets and implements changes to accounting/reporting requirements. Analyzes and makes recommendations for the improvement of existing systems or creation of new systems.
Performs final review and acts as signature authority for claims, warrants, vouchers, payroll documents, purchase orders, supporting bills and other accounting documents. Releases items for payment.
Acts as liaison to other divisions, departments, agencies on projects and problem areas. Coordinates scheduling and workflow.
Coordinates County, State and federal audits and may represent the department at administrative hearings or audit appeals.

Typical Qualifications:
These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

Considerable education and experience in the accounting field which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT: The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are most often demonstrated by possession of a Bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field with at least 18 semester units of college-level accounting coursework including two semesters of Intermediate (Upper Division) Accounting, PLUS:

Supervising Accounting Officer I - four (4) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, of which one (1) year must be at the level of Accounting Officer III for the County of Ventura.

Supervising Accounting Officer II - five (5) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, of which one (1) year must be at a supervisory level; OR one (1) year as an Accounting Officer IV or Supervising Accounting Officer I for the County of Ventura.

Supervising Accounting Officer III - five (5) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, of which two (2) years must be at a supervisory level; OR one (1) year as a Supervising Accounting Officer II for the County of Ventura.

NOTE : If appointed at Level I or Level II, incumbents may be promoted to the next level without further examination, upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the Department.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS : Verification of accounting coursework completed is required. Transcripts or grade reports from an accredited college or university which reflect passing grades in the required subject areas must be submitted to County Human Resources prior to the closing date of this recruitment. You may attach a copy to your online application, or mail or deliver a copy to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Depending on assignment, specific positions in this class may require additional job-related knowledge, skills, abilities and/or education.

Advanced training, as evidenced by a Masters degree in Business Administration or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, is highly desirable.

Some positions may require a valid California driver license.

Examination Process:
FINAL FILING DATE : Applications must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire, in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying : All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying : All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION – 100% : A job-related written examination will be administered to test the candidates’ knowledge of Accounting Principles, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Budgeting. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION : Applicants may be subjected to a thorough background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Patty Booker by e-mail to or phone (805) 654-2629.

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