County of Alameda

Accountant-Auditor (#0130)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$38.74-$42.19 Hourly / $2,905.50-$3,164.25 BiWeekly /
$6,295.25-$6,855.88 Monthly / $75,543.00-$82,270.50 Yearly

Under supervision, to perform varied entry-level professional accounting and/or auditing assignments; to examine, analyze and verify complex financial records and data; to prepare financial, accounting and analytical reports; and to do related work as required.


Incumbents in this entry-level, trainee class are expected to develop the technical knowledge and skills needed to perform full, journey-level professional accounting and/or auditing responsibilities. Positions requiring auditing and accounting are found in the office of the Auditor-Controller; and positions involving accounting duties are in various other departments. Accountant-Auditors demonstrating above-average performance of one year are eligible for flexible staffing promotions to the next higher classifications of Auditor I at the Auditor Agency or Accountant at other departments.

Positions in this class are distinguished from the lower class of Accounting Technician by the knowledge of and skill in applying generally accepted accounting principles and practices required of the former; Accountant-Auditors are distinguished from the higher classes of Auditor I and Accountant I in that the latter classes require the ability to perform professional accounting and/or auditing with minimal direct supervision.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Reviews various county financial records and transactions in the Auditor Agency; prepares worksheets and reports on findings; determines and processes tax-roll adjustments, including under and overpayment of taxes.

2. Examines and prepares accounting records and transactions of various joint powers and grants programs for which the Auditor-Controller serves as fiscal officer; assists in preparing financial reports for grantor agencies.

3. Assists in audits and internal control reviews of county departments, county-funded community organizations and special districts carried out by the office of the Auditor-Controller; may perform less complex audits and internal control reviews under general supervision; examines financial records; analyzes financial data; assists in the installation and/or modification of accounting information systems. Audits and evaluates computerized accounting information systems countywide.

4. Keeps financial records for a department (or a section thereof) with varied accounting functions; examines, verifies, approves and screens financial documents such as vouchers, warrants, requisitions, purchase orders, etc.; enters transactions in various accounting records; prepares reconciliations, trial balances and worksheets; prepares a variety of accounting and financial reports for departmental use for other departments and agencies.

5. Monitors the County's accounts payable process and resolves problems encountered by these departments in using the County's financial system.

6. Processes transactions related to employee Worker's Compensation and State Disability claims using Alcolink HRMS.

7. Administers post-confirm process in payroll and processes various outbound and inbound interfaces in Alcolink HRMS.

Either I

Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units). Concentration in accounting, business administration, finance or closely related field is desired.


The equivalent of four years recent full-time experience in a professional position involving the exercise of auditing or accounting duties or closely related field.


Any combination of education from an accredited college or university and relevant experience as described in patterns I and II.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Special Requirements:

Employees may be required to provide their own means of transportation to and from work assignments.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Generally accepted accounting principles and generally accepted auditing standards as established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
· English language (including spelling, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure) sufficient to prepare reports, letters and other written communications.
· Financial, Accounting and/or Payroll systems/applications.
· Management methods to improve financial work flow and simplify reporting procedures.

Ability to:

· Apply generally accepted accounting practices sufficient to accurately record and/or adjust fiscal transactions, compile reports concerning financial status and accounting operating procedures of organizations.
· Identify deficiencies in fiscal controls or noncompliance with established accounting policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations.
· Apply applicable auditing standards in the performance of audits.
· Verbally express ideas, concepts or recommendations concerning job assignments with other staff, agencies and the public, read and understand technical accounting information.
· Schedule and/or revise work plans so as to complete assignments as required.
· Select relevant information from written materials to determine action(s) needed.

Old document: BKA
Msu/P/A8-10 – Revised 9/82
Retyped: 9/14/82
New document: /0130.doc
CSC Date: 9/20/82
HC:pf Rev. 5/25/04
CSC Date: 7/7/04
Old document: BKA
Msu/P/A8-10 – Revised 9/82
Retyped: 9/14/82
New document: /0130.doc
CSC Date: 9/20/82
HC:pf Rev. 5/25/04
CSC Date: 7/7/04
SG:cs Revised 5/20/10
CSC Date: 6/3/10


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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