Los Angeles Community College District

Supervising Accountant (#1160)

$44.19-$54.74 hourly / $7,659.22-$9,488.43 monthly / $91,910.64-$113,861.16 annual


Performs complex professional accounting duties requiring the application of advanced technical knowledge and judgment to the analysis and resolution of complex technical and management accounting problems, and supervises the activities of assigned professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff.

Typical Duties

Supervises assigned professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff engaged in the maintenance of financial records, preparation of statements and reports, reconciliation and application of accounting controls, including areas such as appropriations, income, payroll, payables, budget, and related technical or clerical duties.

Reviews adjusting and closing entries for completeness and accuracy.

Reviews accounts to assure that the classification and recording of transactions are in conformance with regulatory, contractual, and operating requirements and portray the fullest disclosure of financial operations and conditions.

Develops complex non-standard or special purpose accounting statements and reports.

Analyzes accounting, budgetary, statistical, and payroll data to identify significant trends and/or discrepancies affecting District assets, liabilities, and equities; determine causes; and recommend action for the resolution of actual or potential problems.

Utilizes accounting enterprise systems in the processing of accounting and financial data.

Evaluates proposed plans and activities, and forecasts on a current and long-term basis, the effect on operating costs and the overall financial condition of the District.

Participates in the development of new accounts, reporting procedures, ledger and subsidiary record systems, and instructions for the use of accounting reports and data.

Prepares projections of cash needs to determine amounts available for investment.

Answers non-routine inquiries regarding account balances, codes, and accounting procedures and policies.

Recommends changes and revisions in accounting enterprise systems or operational features to facilitate sound reporting and interpretation of data.

May assist supervisory and/or administrative accounting staff in planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing the activities of their offices or units.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Supervising Accountant supervises multiple accounting units comprised of assigned professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff and applies a thorough knowledge of accounting systems and principles and practices of governmental accounting in analyzing and resolving complex operating problems, and is responsible for preparing the more difficult accounting statements and reports.

A Senior Accountant supervises the activities of a small unit engaged in processing accounting and other related documents, applies a working knowledge of principles and practices of accounting in resolving problems related to various accounts, and is responsible for preparing accounting statements and reports. Incumbents in the course of their work are responsible for identifying and reporting accounting process and system issues and contribute to the analysis and testing of system modifications and improvements under the guidance of a functional business systems analyst.

An Accounting Manager performs a combination of professional accounting and administrative duties as the manager of a major unit of professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff. The assigned duties require the application of advanced accounting principles and analytical skills to develop and revise accounting systems, procedures, records, and statements to resolve and prevent problems in accordance with policies and objectives of the District.


General supervision is received from a classified manager or administrator. Immediate supervision is exercised over assigned professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, procedures, and theories of accounting with an emphasis on governmental accounting, including GAAP

Budgeting and accounting structures and systems

Banking and investment policies, regulations, and practices

Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations, and policies affecting accounting and financial systems

Principles, practices, and procedures of auditing and budgeting

Accounting codes, classification, and terminology

Research, statistical, and forecasting methods used in accounting analysis and management

Enterprise systems, software, and hardware used in accounting

Current trends and developments in accounting and related fields

Principles and practices of business and public administration

Principles of supervision and training

Organization and management of records

Ability to:

Plan, organize, schedule, and direct the work of assigned staff

Explain complex accounting procedures clearly, concisely, and comprehensively, orally and in writing

Apply accounting principles to the analysis of difficult accounting problems

Interpret and apply laws, rules, and regulations related to accounting procedures and practices

Analyze complex accounting and financial data and resolve discrepancies

Prepare clear concise instructions, reports, and accounting statements

Make sound decisions and recommendations regarding accounting activities and systems

Effectively utilize accounting enterprise systems and software applications in the performance of duties

Meet schedules and deadlines

Work independently

Provide leadership and technical assistance to others

Train others in specialized accounting practices and procedures

Evaluate work methods and performance

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with District administration, staff, and representatives of government agencies and various private organizations

Learn specialized software applications used in accounting systems

Entrance Qualifications


A. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university, which included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester units of accounting coursework. A degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration, or a related field is desirable.


B. A valid license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in California.


Three years of full-time, paid, professional-level accounting experience. One year of the required experience must have been in a supervisory capacity. Experience in governmental accounting is desirable.


A valid Class “C” California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 1160; EST: ; REV: 8/23/2016;