Los Angeles Community College District

Accounting Assistant (#1348)

$21.26-$26.33 hourly / $3,684.38-$4,564.30 monthly / $44,212.56-$54,771.60 annual

Special Note

Salary pending Board of Trustees approval of FY 21/22 5.07% COLA


Performs routine clerical accounting and cash collection duties.

Typical Duties

Checks source documents for common errors in account classification, prices, totals, extensions, and balances.

Codes accounting documents based on detailed procedures and account classifications.

Posts transactions to accounting records.

Logs and sequences source documents, enters accounting data in registers, sorts documents by codes, and matches documents to accounts to assure that entries are properly posted.

Reviews files to assure complete and authentic documentation for transactions.

Checks accounts for arithmetical accuracy.

Compiles information from current accounts used to prepare standard accounting statements and reports.

Extracts data from accounts in preparing accounting summaries.

Contacts District, bank, or business personnel to resolve problems relating to cash collections, balances, bank deposits and withdrawals.

Answers inquiries from administrators, instructional staff, vendors, and students regarding encumbrances, expenditures, account balances, and accounting office procedures and policies.

Reconciles discrepancies in accounts caused by coding, transpositions, or missing source documents.

Collects money and issues receipts for goods and services, such as registration fees, material fees, and bus passes and reconciles cash collections with receipts.

Counts, balances, records, and deposits large sums of cash.

Totals currency, checks, and charge card vouchers; writes deposit slips; and packages deposits for bank transport.

Prepares daily, weekly, and monthly summaries and reports reflecting cash receipts, deposits, credits, overages, and shortages.

Prepares cash boxes and change funds for various operations or special events.

Orders coin and currency from the bank for the campus change fund.

Maintains an inventory of tickets sold for admission to various events.

Utilizes computerized systems in the processing of accounting related data.

Operates a variety of equipment including computers, coin counters, coin wrappers, calculators, copiers, and cash registers.

May distribute checks for scholarships, grants, and loans to students.

May assist customers at a counter.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Accounting Assistant applies an entry-level knowledge of clerical accounting and standard cashiering methods; receives daily cash collections from various locations, reconciles cash with register receipts, prepares the daily bank deposit; and follows a fiscal unit's established practices and procedures in the clerical processing and recording of accounting transactions and information which includes coding, posting, checking, and matching documents.

An Accounting Technician applies a basic knowledge of double entry accrual clerical accounting methods, techniques, and procedures in the maintenance of specific accounts which includes verifying documents, adjusting accounts, closing accounts preparing data for accounting statements, and resolving discrepancies.

A Senior Accounting Technician applies a working knowledge of the District's accounting system while acting in a lead capacity with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operation of a small unit engaged in processing clerical accounting and other related documents.


Immediate supervision is received from a classified supervisor.  Work direction may be received from higher-level clerical accounting staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Basic practices and procedures used in processing and recording of accounting information and transactions

Elementary accounting principles and practices

Standard accounting codes, classification, and terminology

Basic cash verification systems and procedures

Cashiering procedures and practices

Standard clerical banking procedures

Business English, punctuation, spelling, and grammar

Customer service techniques for public contact in person, on the phone, and in written communication

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware used in the processing of accounting data

Recordkeeping procedures


Use of computers, various cashiering equipment, and standard office equipment

Ability to:

Quickly recognize sources of errors in accounting records

Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately

Post accounting data rapidly, neatly, and accurately in standard and electronic files

Critically review source data and detect and correct errors

Count large amounts of cash quickly and accurately

Prepare basic accounting summaries and reports

Maintain accurate accounting files and records

Prepare routine correspondence and reports

Follow written and oral directions

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff, students, and the public

Effectively utilize computer equipment and software in the performance of duties

Learn to apply various accounting practices and procedures

Learn District's accounting policies, procedures, and requirements

Learn to determine necessary adjusting entries between accounts

Learn specialized governmental accounting practices and procedures

Learn to use accounting related equipment

Learn specialized computer applications and systems used in assigned area

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five semester units of college-level accounting classes.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND six months of full-time, paid clerical accounting experience.

Experience in the use of computer equipment is desirable.

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: 1348; EST: ; REV: 5/27/2020;