County of Alameda

Accounting Manager, Zone 7 (#4910)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Zone 7 General Mgmt (R53)
$79.82-$96.98 Hourly / $6,385.60-$7,758.40 BiWeekly /
$13,835.47-$16,809.87 Monthly / $166,025.60-$201,718.40 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and personally perform varied, complex and specialized professional accounting, auditing and cost accounting which involves the application of advanced principles and practices, including the development of new accounting and cost accounting systems and procedures, and fiscal policies; to direct the work of professional accounting, technical and support staff; and to perform related work as assigned.


This is a single class which provides professional accounting support to the Assistant General Manager, Administrative Services. The Accounting Manager manages the fiscal activities of the Agency. As such, this class is responsible for the development and maintenance of Zone 7's complex record keeping and reporting systems, both governmental and enterprise, which include multiple program budgets and funds. The Accounting Manager, Zone 7 is responsible for direction of professional accounting, technical and accounting clerical staff. The Accounting Manager, Zone 7 class is distinguished from the Senior Auditor-Accountant, Zone 7 class in that the Accounting Manager has responsibility for the Accounting Section.

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. Plans, organizes, supervises and performs varied and complex accounting and financial record-keeping activities related to Zone 7's flood control, water resource management, and water supply and distribution activities.

2. Designs and establishes both manual and computerized accounting systems and procedures, specialized computer reports ledgers, invoices and statements; evaluates, revises and upgrades existing systems, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the agency's needs. Determines training needs of section staff.

3. Directs professional and clerical staff in time keeping and payroll input in accordance with labor agreements, employer and employee deductions, tracking and verification of leave balances. Directs the input of time worked by job, activity and job location, for the purpose of job labor costing and cost accounting reports.

4. Interviews and may train accounting and clerical personnel; conducts performance appraisals; makes recommendations for disciplinary actions and commendations.

5. Gathers, analyzes and prepares data for complex periodic reports, as well as for special financial reports and studies, involving the application of advanced principles of cost accounting. Calculates allocation rates and rate tiers, as well as agency-wide indirect overhead rates necessary for cost distribution and billing, in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

6. Directs the reconciliation of Zone 7 accounting and encumbrance records with the County's general ledger system; directs staff in the internal audit of accounts in all funds and reserves for accuracy and completeness; serves as liaison with County accounting and auditing staff.

7. Develops and maintains mechanism to calculate weighted labor rates and directs their application to time worked by operating sections and capital labor by fund and project. Directs the posting of applied labor costs and accrued labor into the general ledger.

8. Directs the accounts receivable process, including aging, accruals, and the billing of water retailers, agricultural and viticulture water users, other county departments, other water agencies, cities, etc. for inter-fund services, engineering services and encroachment permits. Directs or prepares grant invoicing, other special invoicing and financial reports.

9. Maintains the Agency’s multi-fund Chart of Account, following guidelines of the State Controller’s Office. Directs maintenance, storage, and retention of fiscal records and financial reports.

Either I

The equivalent of three years full-time experience as a Senior Auditor/Accountant, Zone 7 or four years full-time experience as a Senior Supervising Auditor or as a Supervising Accountant, with at least one year full time cost accounting experience in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Graduation from an accredited college or university, with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a closely related field.


The equivalent of six years full-time professional accounting or auditing experience (with at least one year full time cost accounting experience), two years of which shall have involved supervisory responsibility.

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.


• Theory, principles, practices and procedures of general, fund and governmental accounting and auditing, with emphasis on cost accounting.
• Functions, capabilities, applications and operation of computer-based accounting systems.
• Laws, codes and regulations governing public agency fiscal operations.
• Principles of public administration, personnel management, and business office management.

Ability to:

• Design, install and maintain effective accounting systems and procedures.
• Plan, organize and direct a complex and varied fiscal program.
• Perform complex accounting and financial record-keeping activities.
• Interpret and apply legal and administrative concepts to departmental accounting functions.
• Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
• Prepare clear, complete and accurate accounting and statistical reports.
• Train and supervise clerical accounting personnel.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

RS:dj 5/18/94
Oldspecs: 1244h.wpf
JC:pf Rev. 2/13/01
Newspecs: 4910.doc
Csc date: 3/14/01
RC:po Revised 5/9/06
CSC Date: 6/7/2006


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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