County of Alameda

Accountant (#0132)

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Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$42.19-$46.08 Hourly / $3,164.25-$3,456.00 BiWeekly /
$6,855.88-$7,488.00 Monthly / $82,270.50-$89,856.00 Yearly


Under direction, to perform varied and complex professional accounting work; to prepare analytical, narrative, statistical, and accounting reports; and to perform other related duties as required.


This class represents higher skilled, journey level professional accounting positions.  Incumbents of positions in this class work independently and do not require the technical supervision ordinarily given to the entry-level positions of Accountant-Auditors or lower classifications. In some smaller departments, Accountants may have a wide range of departmental accounting responsibility.  In large departments having varied accounting functions, Accountants may maintain financial records for a department division.  They prepare and review vouchers, warrants, purchase orders, requisitions, and similar financial documents.  Positions in this class are distinguished from the next lower class of Accountant Auditor in that the latter is an entry level, trainee position.  Accountant is distinguished from the next higher class of Senior Accountant in that the latter has program responsibility and performs the more difficult technical work and has lead and/or supervisory responsibilities.


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. Prepares a variety of financial reports and analytical accounting, statistical and narrative reports for the department, County Auditor, and other agencies.
  2. Classifies receipts according to funds, projects and programs; maintains and reconciles records for trust funds, claims, receivables, fixed assets, revenues and expenditures.
  3. May train and review the work of clerical staff making ledger entries, performing reconciliations and preparing trial balances, maintaining payroll records, and performing other fiscal record-keeping work.
  4. Keeps fiscal records for department/agency with varied accounting functions; prepares, examines, verifies, and screens fiscal documents such as vouchers, warrants, requisitions, purchase orders, receiving records, and invoices; records transactions in subsidiary and general ledgers; and makes necessary adjusting entries.
  5. Initiates electronic transfers to interface with financial institutions, federal, state and local agencies and other County departments.




The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience in the class of Accountant-Auditor in the Alameda County classified service.



The equivalent of four (4) years full-time increasingly responsible professional accounting, auditing or administrative experience which included significant accounting/fiscal duties and responsibilities.  


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in accounting, finance or other closely related field may be substituted for three years of the required experience.      


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, governmental accounting and auditing principles, theory, and procedures.
  • Business office practices.
  • Working knowledge of computer spreadsheet and word processing applications.  

Ability to:

  • Interpret and apply business and governmental laws and regulations.
  • Prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise accounting and statistical reports.
  • Operate standard office equipment.
  • Read and interpret financial reports.
  • Work independently.
  • Exercise judgment.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Communicate effectively orally.
  • Learn specific accounting information systems.


Rev./Retyped: 8/83 Lm-h

TAT:Lm-h Rev.: 1/84

TMZ:pb  Rev.:  12/21/88

Old document:  0004h

New document:  0132.doc


CSC Date:  2/1/89

JC:pf  Revised  7/9/01

CSC Date:    8/29/01

BG:pf Rev./Retitle 1/14/03

old  title [Accountant I]

CSC Date:  11/12/03

RE:sa Revised 04/30/2020

CSC Date: 09/09/2020


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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