Placer County

Accountant - Supervising (#11774)

$40.47-$50.54 Hourly / $7,014.80-$8,760.27 Monthly / $84,177.60-$105,123.20 Yearly


To plan, coordinate, organize, and supervise an assigned work unit(s) within a large, multi-unit division within departments that have agency-wide financial accounting and reporting responsibility; to assign, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of professional technical, and clerical staff; to design, modify, and organize assigned work processes and operational procedures to maximize assigned work unit’s efficiencies and effectiveness; to perform the most complex professional and technical functions as necessary; and to function as a proactive and positive member of the departmental team.


The Accountant, Supervising job classification incorporates full supervisory responsibilities including oversight for a work unit.  This job class is distinguished from the Accountant, Senior classification by the fact that the majority of duties performed by the former are supervisory and management tasks.  This job class is distinguished from the Accountant Auditor, Supervising classification in that the latter has demonstrated expertise and knowledge required to provide county-wide oversight of a specialized area(s) such as financial accounting and/or government auditing processes.


Receives general direction from assigned management staff. Exercises general supervision over assigned professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Schedule, train, monitor, motivate, and supervise assigned professional, technical, and clerical staff; provide proactive and informational performance feedback to employees on an on-going basis; conduct performance evaluations in a timely and effective manner recommend and implement approved disciplinary actions.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise assigned work unit(s) within a large, multi-unit division or a specialized stand-alone division; represent the assigned work unit(s) and staff to other divisions as well as other County departments and outside public and/or private organizations.
  • Monitor and evaluate the processes, procedures, and work flow of assigned work unit(s) on an on-going basis to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness; re-design and modify existing processes and procedures in a timely response to new or changing laws, regulations, codes, requirements, and ordinances, improved technologies, and/or clients’ expectations and requests; create, establish, and implement new processes and procedures as necessary.
  • Perform the more difficult and complex financial accounting, reporting, and/or review tasks assigned to the designated work unit(s) utilizing skill sets and in-depth knowledge of governmental accounting, the Agency’s or department’s funding structures, GAAP, GASB, etc.; perform a variety of required functions and duties when work unit(s) is short staffed and/or deadlines demand.
  • Establish, implement and administer internal accounting controls; ensure compliance with financial reporting requirements and updates.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of designated staff; coordinate and participate in the interview process.
  • Act as primary resource and main point of contact regarding the functions and responsibilities of assigned work unit(s) and staff; investigate complaints and recommend corrective and/or proactive action to be taken as necessary.
  • Manage and conduct project or program management and planning activities; lead and guide teams in the execution of accounting services; develop work plans consisting of mission, objectives, scope of work, budget, schedules, and baseline requirements; identify critical issues and recommend solutions to manage risks.
  • Conduct a variety of organizational and financial studies, investigations, and operational studies and analyses; recommend modifications to financial services programs, policies, and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Participate in the budget preparation process; prepare cost estimates for assigned work unit(s); submit justifications with documentation for budget requests related to staff, equipment, and supplies; monitor and control assigned budget on an on-going basis.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related field of accounting services; research emerging products and enhancements including integrated systems solutions and their applicability to Agency needs.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, management, other County employees, other organizations and agencies, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as required.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be: 

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible advanced journey level professional experience performing duties similar to an Accountant, Senior with Placer County, one year of which must have been performing full supervisory functions in a similar professional environment. 

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or a related field. 

Required License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Generally accepted accounting principles, governmental accounting standards and other pertinent governmental accounting and auditing procedures.
  • Cost accounting, fund accounting and financial reporting methods and procedures.
  • Application and operation of designated computerized accounting systems and spreadsheets, utilizing designated accounting and spreadsheet software.
  • Statutory laws, rules and regulations applicable to governmental accounting, auditing and finance within designated programmatic areas of responsibility.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Budget preparation, administration and control procedures.
  • Principles and practices of motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles of effective supervision techniques, training methods, and effective performance management.
  • Principles and practices utilized in planning, organizing and controlling work flow and processes.
  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of financial auditing.
  • Principles and theories of internal control.
  • Common indicators of fraud and risk.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct designated accounting, auditing, and/or financial reporting operations and/or activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the assigned position; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and solve problems of operational and technical policy and procedures.      
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement approved solutions in support of stated goals.
  • Design and implement accounting and financial management systems.
  • Analyze and evaluate accounting systems and financial programs; design improvements and controls for assigned operations; and assess overall effectiveness of programmatic responsibilities.
  • Interpret and apply legal, regulatory and administrative controls to accounting functions and financial management systems.
  • Develop and monitor an assigned program budget in an effective manner.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups and individuals in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Train, direct, supervise and evaluate the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Perform the most complex accounting work of the assigned work unit(s) in an effective and timely manner. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted while performing assigned duties.

CLASS: 11774; EST: 10/13/2017; REV: 10/13/2017;