City and County of San Francisco

Accountant II (#1652)

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$36.06-$43.81 Hourly / $6,251.00-$7,594.00 Monthly / $75,010.00-$91,130.00 Yearly


Under direction, this class performs moderately complex, accounting duties including but not limited to:  analyzes, examines, interprets City accounting records and  policies and procedures; prepares, reviews and analyzes accounting records, transactions and reports; analyzes source documents, maintains ledgers, records entries, prepares cash receipt reports, makes deposits, identifies and allocates revenue and expenditures; presents and explains accounting activity to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers and clients; provides accounting services and technical assistance to resolve issues.

Distinguishing Features

The 1652 Accountant II is the journey-level class of the professional accounting series.  The1652 Accountant II class is distinguished from the 1650 Accountant I class by the complexity and variety of duties.  Incumbents in the 1652 Accountant II series are responsible for performing  moderately complex accounting functions and may take lead in training and supervising 1649 Accountant Intern and  1650 Accountant I incumbents, clerical and support staff.  Incumbents in this class operate under supervision of higher level accounting or management staff.

Supervision Exercised

The 1652 Accountant II may train and supervise incumbents in class 1650 Accountant I, incumbents in the Accountant Clerk series and 1649 Accountant Interns.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1.    Plans, assigns, and coordinates the work of 1650 Accountant I, 1649 Accountant Interns, clerical and support staff in the performance of moderately complex accounting tasks.

2.    Compiles and analyzes statistical and accounting data relative to the preparation and monitoring of departmental budget including: prepare and update budget estimates of revenue and expenditures, base requests, changes, adjustments, rate and fee setting, position changes and budget set-up.

3.    Uses  computer applications software and other automated systems to verify and review the posting of moderately complex accounting transactions; prepare financial reports; verifies, reviews and approves documents authorizing expenditures.

4.    Performs moderately complex accounting tasks involving: analyzing source documents, maintaining ledgers, recording entries, preparing cash receipt reports, making deposits, identifying and allocating revenue and expenditures, preparing invoices, payment documents, work orders and performing capital project and/or capital asset accounting.

5.    Performs grant accounting activities which include: processing, set-up, reconciling and reimbursement reports in accordance with grant requirements.

6.    Works with various City departments, agencies, vendors, contractors and other stakeholders on recording, reporting, verifying and processing accounting transactions.

7.     Controls collections and accounts receivable activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: comprehensive accounting theory and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and its application to moderately complex accounting transactions and problems; comprehensive knowledge of governmental and municipal accounting practices and financial reporting requirements;

Ability to: use large complex, multi-departmental financial systems; analyze and interpret various fiscal and/or accounting data and reports; make calculations and analyze accounts; communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Includes ability to produce clear and concise financial reports; communicate orally, clearly, courteously and effectively to other professionals, management and the public. Including the ability to produce and present concise financial information to a variety of audiences.

Skill in: the use of personal computers refers to intermediate skills using personal computers including but not limited to computer software such as Microsoft Excel and Word; relating and working well with others, respond tactfully, professionally and courteously.


Experience and Training

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in Accounting.


Successful completion of the City and County of San Francisco 1649 Accountant Intern Program

License or Certificate



Established:  11/17/1994
Amended:   10/20/2009; 5/31/2012; 10/09/2013

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 1652; EST: 11/17/1994; REV: 10/9/2013;