County of Alameda

Principal Auditor (#0151)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$49.54-$60.16 Hourly / $3,963.20-$4,812.80 BiWeekly /
$8,586.93-$10,427.73 Monthly / $103,043.20-$125,132.80 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
This specification describes a classification which performs, manages and sets policy for the performance of various complex auditing, fiscal accounting, collection, or clerk-recorder functions within the Auditor Agency. Some positions may have responsibility for the organization and direction of more than one program administered by the Agency.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

This class is located in the Auditor Agency and performs, manages and sets policy for a broad range of specialized activities. These include: County-wide budget and accounting services, grants fiscal administration, audits of county operations, contractors and special districts, EDP audits, administration of central payroll, benefits, tax analysis, cost allocation, fiscal systems, clerk-recorder, claims or collections functions.

These positions differ from those in the accounting and auditing series in that they require the exercise of managerial skills and/or perform specialized functions well above the journey level expected of the latter classes. These positions will also be involved in policy formation and implementation, and direct the work of professional, paraprofessional or clerical staff performing auditing, accounting, administrative, collection or recording assignments.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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 and/or manages the preparation, analysis and administration of the County budget, including coordination of budget data received from the County Administrator, County departments and Special Districts; complies data, prepares reports and makes recommendations on the technical accounting aspects of the County's budget preparation and control.

2. Manages the maintenance and auditing of financial management systems for various programs funded through Federal and State grants; supervises fiscal transactions relating to joint powers agreements to which the County is a party.

3. Coordinates and/or participates in the day-to-day direction of the County’s central accounting information systems as well as revision and development of accounting systems and procedures for the Auditor Agency and County departments/operations; coordinates and/or prepares the Annual Financial Statement of the County; maintains and/or directs the maintenance of subsidiary and control accounts for the County’s accounting fiscal information system. May serve as link leader or central processor/contact for financial functions in the ALCOLINK system.

4. Plans, organizes and directs field audit programs or the performance of internal audits of County operations; aids staff in problem solving and reviews all aspects of such work.

5. Manages the County’s employee payroll and benefits system, including preparation of fiscal control and personnel management information and reports.

6. Oversees the preparation and maintenance of fiscal documents relating to assessed valuations, computation and application of tax rates and the apportionment of County-collected taxes; oversees the system of adjustments to secured and unsecured tax rolls and maintenance of debt service and bond interest accounts.

7. Manages the preparation of County-wide cost allocation plans; departmental indirect cost rate proposals; and assistance to departments in the preparation of reimbursement claims for submission to State and Federal agencies.

8. Manages County or contracted collection efforts including accounting, maintenance of trust accounts, maintenance of automated collection and fiscal systems, setting of cost recoupment with County departments and special districts, and general administrative and planning tasks.

9. Manages County Clerk-Recorder functions including accounting, maintenance of trust accounts, maintenance of automated recording and fee collection systems, balancing receipts and disbursing collected funds to appropriate State and City entities, and general administrative and planning tasks.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
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 a closely related field is desired.
And

The equivalent of one year full-time experience as a Senior Supervising Auditor, Financial Services Officer, Administrative Services Officer or in an equivalent or higher class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Or

The equivalent of four years full-time experience in a professional accounting, auditing or administrative position. At least two years of the required experience must include supervising the work of others.

Or II
The equivalent of eight years full-time experience in a professional accounting, auditing or administrative position. At least two years of the required experience must include supervising the work of others.

Or III

Any combination of education from an accredited college or university and relevant experience as described above in patterns I, or II. At least two years of the required experience must include supervising the work of others.

License:

Possession of a valid California Motor 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.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
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:

• Principles of personnel and public administration
• Laws and regulations controlling County fiscal, accounting, collections or recording operations
• Generally accepted accounting and auditing standards, principles and practices
• Methods of analysis and decision-making
• Computerized systems for accounting, collections or recording
• Use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and other personal computer applications relevant to conducting the work.

Ability to:

• Apply general and governmental accounting, personnel and administration principles and practices
• Lead staff and interdisciplinary work groups
• Work with the public and other County departmental personnel
• Problem solving, research; using fiscal and report documents to perform analysis
• Plan, manage and perform complex auditing, accounting and administrative tasks
• Direct the work of others
• Use personal computer based spreadsheet, planning/scheduling, reporting, word processing, internet, and e-mail programs to prepare clear and concise reports and other correspondence
• Communicate effectively via oral and written word
• Prepare analysis and procedures for various business processes
• Adapt and lead others, in changing work situations

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
0160h.doc
JKQ
11/96
Revised 6/97
JKQ:cla
co:updated 4/17/00
csc date: 6/25/97
SG:cs Revised 8/17/10
CSC Date: 9/8/10

BENEFITS
*** For benefit information, please refer to the recruitment brochure.