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Social Services Agency

Recruitment #RT-0132-01


This is a reinstatement, transfer or voluntary demotion opportunity for current and former regularly appointed employees of Alameda County.

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1744: On the request of a department head and approval of the Commission, a regularly appointed employee who resigned in good standing may, within three years after the effective date of his/her resignation, be reinstated in a position in the class from which he/she resigned or in a position in another class for which he/she may be eligible as determined by the Commission. Appointments by reinstatement following resignation are subject to the probationary period established for the class. You must have been a classified County employee in the same job code or in a job code at the same salary maximum and left the County in good standing. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

You must be a current County classified employee in the same job code or in a job code with the same salary maximum for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

Voluntary Demotion:
You must be a current County classified employee in a job code which is at a higher salary maximum than the vacancy for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.




The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) is comprised of over 2,300 employees working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and policy makers to serve the needs of the community. SSA is comprised of four operating departments: Agency Administration & Finance; Adult & Aging Services; Children & Family Services; and Workforce & Benefits Administration. SSA's mission is to promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. 

To learn more about the Alameda County Social  Services Agency, please visit the website at


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.




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.


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.



TO APPLY:  Please submit a PDF copy of your completed application to

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your contact information and specific inquiries to or call La Tonya Phillips at 510-271-9126.

You are encouraged to apply immediately as this posting is open until filled and may close at anytime.


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer