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Vacancy: Accountant I, Salinas, CA, USA

Vacancy: Accountant I, Salinas, CA, USA
Salary: $4,189.64 - $5,722.95 Monthly
Location: Salinas, CA
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Department: Treasurer/Tax Collector
Job Number: 21/20B10/10JJ
Closing: 10/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

The County of Monterey Treasurer-Tax Collector's department seeks dedicated and customer service-oriented individuals to fill current and future vacancies.

The Treasurer-Tax Collector department consists of three divisions: Property Tax, Treasury and Revenue. The Customer Transaction Specialist provides support for all three divisions and handles a large volume of cash and check transactions. Incumbents also analyze account demographics, calculate charges, receive and write receipts for payments, and perform a variety of data entry tasks, as well as statistical and financial record keeping duties according to established procedures.

This is the entry level classification in the professional accounting series. Incumbents work under general supervision. Within this setting, the Accountant I learns to and performs various technical and professional accounting, statistical, and budgetary duties involved in establishing, maintaining, analyzing, reconciling, and verifying financial records in support of designated programs; provides financial administrative support in preparing, analyzing, and monitoring designated annual budget and accounts; learns to prepare and review a variety of factual, analytical, narrative, financial, statistical, and budgetary reports, statements, and records utilizing GAAP; and does other work as required.

The current vacancy is located in the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. Any eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill vacancies in other departments, as they occur.

This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the the appointing authority in accordance with the Flexible Staffing Program and Guidelines.

Examples of Duties

1. Reviews, analyzes, and documents a variety of accounts and transactions; reconciles general ledger, cash, and other designated accounting reports and statements with financial records; compares manual and automated records and transactions; identifies errors; verifies account balances; adjusts accounts; initiates transfers; and makes corrections.
2. Responds to inquiries, resolves issues and conflicts, and provides detailed and technical information concerning related standards, practices, pending legislation, laws, codes, regulations, polices, and procedures; attends and participates in various meetings, committees, and professional groups.
3. Learns to and/or performs professional accounting and budgetary duties involved in establishing, analyzing, reviewing, reconciling, monitoring, and maintaining financial records and reports; ensures financial integrity of assigned accounts.
4. Calculates, posts, and adjusts journal entries; updates accounts to reflect revenue and expenditures; audits accounts for errors and makes appropriate adjustments; coordinates and reconciles different computer financial systems statements; reconciles various financial statements to ensure accurate fund accounting; matches financial statements with cash amounts; initiates account transfers and other transactions as needed; utilizes manual and computerized record keeping systems.
5. Maintains current knowledge of and complies with applicable laws, codes, rules, regulations, established policies and procedures, and with generally accepted accounting principles; ensures accuracy of input and output data.
6. Communicates with County staff, governmental agencies, and outside organizations to exchange information, coordinate activities, resolves issues and concerns; prepares and submits mandated reports within established time frames.
7. Prepares or verifies a variety of routine and simple accounting, statistical, and narrative statements or reports, requiring analysis and interpretation of data.
8. Identifies, develops, and implements procedures and techniques to enhance fiscal accuracy, operational efficiency, financial effectiveness, and compliance with established requirements.
9. May oversee the work of paraprofessional and clerical finance staff.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

A combination of experience, education, and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Working Knowledge:

1. Methods, procedures, and terminology used in professional accounting.
2. Financial and statistical record keeping techniques.
3. Related computer hardware and applicable software.

Some Knowledge:

1. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
2. Principles and practices of governmental accounting; budget preparation, monitoring and controlling; research and statistical evaluation; financial statement preparation and comprehensive accounting reports.
3. Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
4. Internal control practices.
5. Analysis of basic accounting and budgeting internal reports.

Skill and Ability to:

1. Learn to and /or accurately perform professional accounting and budgetary work involved in preparing, analyzing, reconciling, and maintaining financial records and reports.
2. Learn to and/or prepare, analyze, and monitor funds, budgets and accounts.
3. Reconcile various statements.
4. Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
5. Prepare accounting reports.
6. Analyze financial reports and prepare reports, forecasts, and recommendations.
7. Understand administrative policies and their impact on routine accounting functions.
8. Perform mathematical calculations.
9. Meet schedules and timeliness.
10. Operate standard office equipment, including a computer and associated software.
11. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
12. Provide excellent and courteous customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:


Completion of 15 semester units from an accredited college or university with coursework in elementary and advanced accounting;


Two years of experience performing paraprofessional-level accounting duties, or two years of experience at a level equivalent to an Accounting Technician in Monterey County.

Additional Information


The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:
• Possess a valid current Class C driver license, or be able to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the hiring authority.
• Prospective employees for the Treasurer-Tax Collector will be required to submit to background review which may include a review of information concerning resent and/or prior employment, driving record, credit history, and record of criminal conviction.
• Positions in other departments may or may not require full background review.


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the General "J" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website link. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date.


• Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9.
• If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.
• If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 759-6602.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line by 11:59 PM(PST), October 15, 2021.
Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM by contacting:
Treasurer-Tax Collector
Attn: Human Resources
168 West Alisal Street, 1st Floor Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-759-6602 Fax: 831-759-6628

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination.

The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials.

A complete application package will include:

• A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
• Responses to the Supplemental Questions
Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the Final Filing Date will not be considered.

Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Physical and Sensory Abilities required for this classification include:

• Sufficient eyesight to read fine print statistical reports and standard text and data on computer terminal screens.
• Ability to speak and hear at normal conversational levels in person and over the telephone.
• Manual dexterity to use calculators and write legibly.
• Ability to reach, bend, or stoop in order to use files and records.


Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If candidates require special arrangements to participate in the selection process, they should state their needs inwriting when submitting the application package or call the Human Resources Analyst at (831)759-6602.


County of Monterey


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