Under administrative direction, to plan, organize and direct the accounting, audit, and systems work performed by the Auditor-Controller’s office; to function as the department head in the absence of the Auditor-Controller; and to do other work as required.
This single position class assists the Auditor-Controller in the administration and coordination of the Auditor-Controller’s office including General Accounting, Budget and Tax, Audit and System divisions. The incumbent confers with and advises County departments and Special Districts on accounting, audits and budgets. The incumbent acts as the department head in the absence of the Auditor-Controller.
Plans, organizes and directs General Accounting, Budget and Tax, and Audit/System divisions of the Auditor-Controller’s office; supervises, trains and directs the work of professional subordinate staff; coordinates the scheduling of reports prepared by the department; approves preparation of special report requests by special districts and departments; consults with subordinate supervisory personnel on administrative and technical problems, legal requirements and County policies and procedures; participates in fiscal planning and the establishment of overall accounting and auditing policy and procedures; reviews audit reports and provides guidance in determining conclusions requiring policy decisions; reviews and recommends changes to budgetary and general accounting procedures or develops new procedures; provides general supervision over the methods, records and forms used for all departments and districts; assists in the preparation of the departmental budget; works with staff on personnel issues and staff development; initiates programs designed to increase management effectiveness and coordinates with other departments and agencies as needed; directs the departmental accounting systems development program; determines projects and priorities; reviews progress, major problems and design of accounting system projects; confers with County officials and representatives of other agencies; initiates and answers correspondence; conducts difficult and complex administrative and accounting studies and prepares reports as needed; acts as the Department head in the absence of the Auditor-Controller.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to acquire these knowledges and abilities would be:
(a) Requires: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, college, or other four-year institution, with a major in accounting or its equivalent, as described in subdivision (a) of Section 5081.1 of the Business and Professions Code, and has served within the last five years in a senior fiscal management position in a county (for example: County Auditor, Chief Deputy County Auditor, Director of Finance, Assistant Director of Finance, Chief Assistant County Auditor, County Accounting Manager, or Audit Manager), city, or other public agency, a private firm, or a nonprofit organization, dealing with similar fiscal responsibilities, for a continuous period of not less than three years.
(b) Highly Desireable: Valid certificate issued by the California Board of Accountancy under Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 5000) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code showing the person to be, and a permit authorizing the person to practice as, a certified public accountant or as a public accountant.
A certificate issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors showing the person to be a designated professional internal auditor, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance is also desirable.
Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which has been approved by the appointing authority.
Mentally and physically capable of performing the classification’s essential functions as summarized in the Typical Tasks section of this specification.
Fingerprinting and successful completion of a background investigation.