County of Alameda

Retirement Accountant II (#1370)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$47.16-$58.44 Hourly / $3,537.00-$4,383.00 BiWeekly /
$7,663.50-$9,496.50 Monthly / $91,962.00-$113,958.00 Yearly

Under direction, creates accurate financial statements, administers financial systems and analyzes financial data to complete reports; and to perform other related duties as required.


The Retirement Accountant II is located in the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association. It is further distinguished from the Retirement Accountant III in that the latter requires an accountant who works with minimal supervision. The Retirement Accountant II is held accountable for assigned units or projects and may coordinate the activities of several staff members. It is also responsible for forecasting, analyzing and regular reporting on budgets, expense and financial trends within Alameda County.

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. Coordinates, directs and reviews the work of clerical and technical support staff performing reconciliation, trial balancing, payables, receivables and other financial duties.

2. Prepares financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing and summarizing account information including the calculation of sponsoring employer and member receivable/payable accounts.

3. Performs or directs accounting support for assigned work units or project groups. Consolidates financial reports and statements.

4. Maintains or oversees the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers to ensure that they are current, accurate and adhere to prescribed work methods and directions; prepares adjusting entries; reconciles account and prepares financial reports. Initiates and reconciles electronic transfers to interface with financial institutions, federal, state, and local agencies, and other County departments.

5. Maintains bank accounts by requesting disbursements, monitoring reserve accounts and short-term fund investments, invested cash and reviewing bank statements.

6. Develops financial tracking and reporting models using both manual and automated formats. Produces reports for management.

7. Analyzes financial and accounting processes and recommends improvements.

8. Documents procedures and train staff in appropriate compliance and in techniques of analysis and reconciliation.

Either I

The equivalent of two years full-time experience in the class of Retirement Accountant I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in accounting, finance or business administration,



The equivalent of three years full-time increasingly responsible professional accounting and auditing which included significant accounting/fiscal duties and responsibilities.

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:

• General and governmental accounting and auditing principles, theory and procedures.
• Project management techniques.
• Leadership principles.
• Accounting software programs.
• Spreadsheet and word processing software.
• Generally accepted accounting principles and financial record keeping practices.
• Business math.
• Both manual and automated systems.

Ability to:

• Assist in the preparation of comprehensive financial reports and budgets.
• Explain complex procedures to coworkers and coach staff in new skills and procedures.
• Identify emerging risk issues and trends and present analysis to supervisor.
• Establish priorities, analyze problems and identify solutions under pressure.
• Prepare and deliver presentations to groups.
• Resolve service-related conflicts and to consistently deliver quality service to internal and external customers.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

TE:pf 2/7/02
Newspecs: 1370.doc
CSC Date: 4/10/02


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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