Placer County

Assistant Auditor/Controller (#19852)

$74.32-$92.83 Hourly / $12,882.13-$16,090.53 Monthly / $154,585.60-$193,086.40 Yearly



To assist the Auditor-Controller in managing and directing the Auditor-Controller Department; to plan, organize and direct the accounting activities of the divisions of the Department; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Auditor-Controller.


The Assistant Director level recognizes positions that serve as a full line assistant to a department director or assume responsibility for a major division and, in addition, perform general administrative tasks for a director.


Receives administrative direction from the Auditor-Controller.

Exercises direct supervision over management and clerical personnel.


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

  • Assist the Auditor-Controller in managing and directing the Auditor-Controller Department.
  • Assist in developing Department goals and objectives; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct accounting and reporting activities including general accounting, property tax accounting and distribution, bond accounting, cost accounting, payroll, special funds and grants.
  • In the absence of the Auditor-Controller, to assume the responsibilities of the Auditor-Controller as needed.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the Department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Department's budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as requested; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Maintain effective communications with other County departments; coordinate accounting and reporting operations with other departments; serve on County management and administrative committees.
  • Analyze pending and adopted legislation affecting the Auditor-Controller Department and County financial accounting and reporting.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


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: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in professional accounting work, including two years of management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, business administration, 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:

  • General accounting principles, governmental accounting principles and governmental accounting procedures used by California counties.
  • Cost accounting, fund accounting, enterprise accounting and financial reporting.
  • Principles and practices of data processing applications for accounting and financial reporting.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Auditing principles and techniques.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct and implement a comprehensive governmental accounting program.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical accounting reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; communicate through written means.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Interpret and explain Department policies and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Operate a 10-key adding machine by touch.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 19852; EST: 9/2/1995;