City and County of San Francisco

Accountant III (OCII) (#O695)

$43.66-$53.06 Hourly / $7,568.00-$9,198.00 Monthly / $90,818.00-$110,370.00 Yearly


To perform difficult and complex professional level accounting and fiscal analysis work in the maintenance of fiscal administrative and accounting records; to provide supervision to other accounting personnel as assigned; to assume responsibility for a programmatic or functional area of accounting responsibility; and to perform related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

This is the advanced journey level class in the professional accounting series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including: preparing sophisticated accounting reports, ensuring compliance on Agency loans and contracts, and management of the general ledger. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned areas of responsibility. Employees at this level are expected to act in a lead capacity over assigned staff and may act as first line supervisors if assigned.

Supervision Exercised

Receives general direction from the Finance Manager.

Exercises functional or technical supervision over lower level accounting professionals, clerical, and technical staff; and may exercise direction supervision over assigned professional and accounting clerical staff.

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. Plan, organize and supervise a major portion of the accounting and financial program in the Agency, which requires extensive and varied knowledge of accounting, financial administration and laws or regulations applicable to the assigned area of responsibility.

2. Perform and oversee complex fiscal and accounting work in connection with general ledger management, contract compliance, investments, grant and bond accounting, allocating project costs to appropriate accounts, and keeping other varied and sophisticated accounting records.

3. Review and prepare fiscal and accounting reports, documents, and transactions for conformance with established procedures and controls; maintain and supervise the maintenance of general ledgers and journals; work closely with external auditors at year-end; and prepare related financial statements and reports.

4. Perform covenant compliance monitoring on all of the Agency's mortgage revenue bonds; perform monthly analysis of Trustee's transactions relative to investment; perform other duties related to compliance monitoring.

5. Coordinate activities, and provide assistance to, internal and external auditors; prepare year-end reports; oversee year-end close and ensure compliance with all regulations and accounting principles.

6. Participate in the development and installation of accounting and fiscal procedures and methods; analyze existing accounting procedures and prepare recommendations for their revision when necessary; design procedures and methods for internal controls.

7. Assist in the design, development and implementation of management information systems.

8. Supervise directly and through subordinate professional personnel; train and develop employees; may evaluate performance of individuals and programs; organize, assign and review work.

9. Develop, maintain and distribute, as necessary, a current financial policies and procedures manual; assist in the preparation of written instructions for system use; and assist in the training of necessary applications.

10. Administer maintenance issues of Agency bonds; record and analyze trustee statements; review compliance with indentures; process and initiate billings.

11. Design, implement, update and document accounting and financial management systems; establish procedures for work flow and format.

12. Prepare a variety of complex periodic and special reports; prepare correspondence; and interpret and explain policies and procedures to the public and/or other departments.

13. Conduct special research on financial matters as needed; perform special projects as assigned.

14. Manage special projects as assigned by executive management.

15. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other Agency employees and the public.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Generally accepted accounting principles and procedures and their specific application in governmental accounting; application and operation of computerized financial and accounting systems and spreadsheets, using common accounting and spreadsheet software; statutory laws, rules and regulations applicable to governmental accounting and programmatic areas of responsibility; budget preparation, administration and control procedures; effective supervision techniques; principles and practices used in planning, organizing and controlling work flow and processes; auditing principles and techniques; modern office techniques, methods, and office management.

Ability to: Independently carry out complex accounting and auditing work; on a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; 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; on a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds of less; analyze complex accounting and financial data and draw logical and sound conclusions; apply accounting principles and techniques to practical accounting, auditing, and financial problems; analyze and evaluate accounting systems and financial programs; design improvements and controls for assigned operations; and assess overall effectiveness of assigned duties; interpret and apply legal, regulatory and administrative controls to accounting functions and financial management issues; prepare comprehensive, clear, concise and highly complex accounting and statistical reports; train, direct, supervise and evaluate professional and clerical subordinates as assigned; correspond with sensitive outside contacts (banking institutions, government agencies, auditors) regarding Agency transactions, reports or problem solving; assist in the development and installation of new methods and procedures; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications

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.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or a related field.


Five (5) years of progressively responsible accounting and auditing experience, including some supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

License and Certification:

The possession of a CPA is desirable.


Established: 2/3/15

CLASS: O695; EST: 2/3/2015; REV: ;