1634 Principal Account Clerk

Recruitment #TEX-1634-083453


1634 Principal Account Clerk


Office of the Controller


Appointment Type:

Temporary Exempt. These positions are temporary exempt, as-needed subject to budgetary constraints. Exempt employees are considered "at will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Position Description

This 1634 Principal Account Clerk position works on the accounting activities in the Controller’s Accounting Operations and Systems Division (AOSD), with significant assignments in the divisions’ Finance and Accounting Services Team (FAST).


Overall, AOSD is responsible for monitoring, tracking, approving and establishing guidelines, policies and procedures for central accounting across all City departments. This includes all City funds and grants. The City’s online accounting system, PeopleSoft, is used extensively in this work. The City’s data warehouse and analytical tool, Oracle Business Intelligence, and Excel are also heavily used. The City has recently implemented these systems and still accesses historical data in its former systems, FAMIS and EIS. FAST positions assist City departments with their payment, purchasing, clerical, billing, accounting, and finance transaction processing.


Under direction, the 1634 may supervise the activities of staff engaged in various accounting and financial transaction activities; performs difficult and responsible accounting and financial transaction and clerical work; prepares and reviews a variety of complex financial documents and records; interprets, enforces and carries out existing policies, regulations and procedures relating to accounting and financial activities; makes regular contacts with other departmental personnel, the general public and outside organizations in connection with accounting and financial operations; prepare and maintain a variety of complex financial and bookkeeping records and reports; post, adjust and balance entries to ledgers; verify the correctness of accounting documents; respond to inquiries and provide financial information; organize and file source documents; perform operations involving automated accounting systems and spreadsheet programs and performs related duties as required.


Essential duties of the job include but are not limited to:

  • Provide departmental assistance to ensure accurate and timely recording of financial information in the City’s accounting system in compliance with Controller’s policies and procedures.
  • Accurately initiate a high volume of purchasing and payment transactions related to various commodities, contracts and services, including: blanket and regular purchase orders; purchases under Proposition Q; requisitions online in in City’s accounting system; and direct and one-time payment requests in compliance with Department and City procedures.
  • Reconcile collections with Cashiers and count cash received. Prepare bank deposits. Submit entries online in the City’s financial accounting system to record bank deposits, including currency, checks, credit card payments, and wire transfers.
  • Reconcile and prepare billing, budget, and other interdepartmental services transactions.
  • Prepare, process, and review additional financial, accounting, budget, general ledger, payables, purchasing, encumbrance and other transactions using PeopleSoft as needed.
  • Record transactions for full grant cycle from budget set up through closeout and maintain and organize records for assigned grants.
  • Verify availability of funds, proper authorization, correct coding, and vendor status for above transactions.
  • Prepare, review and reconcile supporting documentation for above transactions.
  • Reconcile bank statements and revolving fund balances.
  • Generate reports and queries as needed to support tasks using Oracle Business Intelligence, PeopleSoft Query, and PeopleSoft nVision.
  • Provide feedback and clerical support on Policies and Procedures in use or proposed by the Controller’s Office or department.
  • Act as a liaison between assigned department and the Controller’s Office.
  • Initiate requests on behalf of department to update coding, role mapping, workflow, or other system functionality for assigned departments.
  • Research information in PeopleSoft and the City’s former financial system.
  • Reconcile various accounting and financial reports between different sources and systems, including between former accounting system and current PeopleSoft system.
  • Assist with post audit of financial transactions and grants of assigned city departments.
  • Assist with preparation for reports and financial audits, preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the Single Audit, and reporting to other governments as needed.
  • Respond verbally and in writing to phone, email and in-person questions and requests for information from the public and staff from other departments.
  • Sort, file, track and return various accounting, financial and system documents to departments and the public.
  • Train Controller’s and departmental staff as assigned.
  • Follow all City and Controller’s Office policies and procedures.
  • Create reports and logs using Excel, Word or other software.
  • Take all necessary steps to prepare yourself for an emergency, in your capacity as a Disaster Service Worker; provide updated personal contact information to your department.
  • May supervise or direct the work of other clerical staff.
  • Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two (2) years (equivalent to 4,000 hours) of verifiable experience in a position supervising and directing accounting and/or financial transaction functions. OR
  • Four (4) years (equivalent to 8,000 hours) of verifiable experience processing financial and accounting matters (e.g., cost records, deposits, expenditures, allocations), bookkeeping, and/or financial record keeping. Such experience typically includes verifying correctness of financial documents, maintaining expenditure records and reconciling subsidiary accounts.



Thirty (30) semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of coursework from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 12 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) in accounting may be substituted for up to six (1) year of the required experience as described above.


How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Carlos Benitez, by telephone at 415-554-7530, or by email at Carlos.benitez@sfgov.org

Selection Procedures

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. 

Applicants will be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.



Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Recruitment Type: TEX
Issued: 1/29/2018
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-1634-083453
CON/CB (415) 554-7530


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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