Placer Employment Opportunities

Accountant - Supervising

Recruitment #2022-11774-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit


There is currently one vacancy for Supervising Accountant within our Health and Human Services Department. The position will support the Fiscal and Budgets Unit on the Social Services Team. Job duties include, but are not limited to: reviewing budgets and projections, analyzing methodology and rolling it up into the big picture, supervising and providing guidance to staff, attending state meetings, approving journals, and conducting internal audits.

The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used in the future to fill additional permanent positions within the County as they arise.

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be screened on a bi-weekly basis.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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. 

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department.

NOTE: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

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.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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