Placer Employment Opportunities

Accountant Auditor Supervising

Recruitment #2023-11760-01


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The Auditor-Controller's Office is accepting applications for one Supervising Accountant Auditor vacancy on the Financial Reporting team. This position is primarily responsible for accounting and financial reporting for special districts and joint exercise of powers authorities (JPAs), preparing State Controller’s Financial Transaction Reports, and providing technical and accounting guidance to the County, special districts, and JPA staff. The ideal candidate will possess accounting and technical experience with generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standards.

The eligible list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they arise, subject to position-specific requirements.

*This classification is scheduled to receive a general wage increase of 4.0% in June 2024.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Management leave: 100 hours per year*
  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: $5,000 per year to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash*
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • Deferred compensation with 401(k) contribution matches up to $1,500/year
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Annual vacation cash out: up to 100 hours may be cashed out each year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view Management benefits.

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 of the Auditor Controller’s Office; to assign, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of professional and technical 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 Auditor, Supervising job class is a specialized classification that recognizes full supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates.  This job class is distinguished from the Accountant, Senior and Auditor, 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, Supervising by the level of demonstrated expertise and knowledge required to provide county-wide oversight of a specialized area(s) such as financial accounting and/or government auditing processes.  This class is further distinguished from the Accountant Auditor, Managing classification by the latter’s over-all departmental management responsibilities. 


Receives general direction from assigned management staff to include the Auditor Controller and the Assistant Auditor Controller.

Exercises direct and full 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.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise an assigned work unit(s) within a large, multi-unit division or a specialized stand-alone division within the Auditor Controller’s Office; represent the assigned work unit(s) and staff to other divisions within the Office 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, 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 auditing tasks assigned to the designated work unit(s) utilizing specialized skill sets and in-depth knowledge of governmental accounting, the County’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.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of designated staff; coordinate and participate in the interview process; provide support and monitor performance.
  • Maintain and update performance documentation for all assigned staff on an on-going basis; recommend disciplinary actions as necessary and as appropriate; provide oral and written warnings in accordance with accepted policy and personnel rules; implement approved disciplinary actions in a timely and professional manner upon request.
  • Act as primary resource and main point of contact regarding the functions and responsibilities of assigned work unit(s) and staff; provide proactive and positive customer service; respond to all inquiries, questions, and requests in a timely and customer oriented manner; investigate complaints and recommend corrective and/or proactive action to be taken as necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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:  Four (4) years of progressively responsible journey level professional experience performing duties similar to an Accountant II or Auditor II with Placer County, one year of which must have been performing full supervisory functions in a similar professional environment; 


Two (2) years of progressively responsible advanced journey level professional experience performing duties similar to an Accountant, Senior or Auditor, Senior with Placer County.

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. 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), reproductive health decision making, 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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