1657 Accountant IV

Recruitment #PEX-1657-099633




Permanent Exempt appointment not to exceed three (3) years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.

Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

Under minimal direction, this position will lead the Financial System Post-Conversion Impact Project, including reconciliation, auditing and unit management.

The responsibilities of the position include:
1. Manages the Revenue Unit by supervising, planning, directing, and coordinating workload and assignments for professional accounting, administrative and clerical staff. Evaluates staff performance by setting goals and objectives while providing feedback. Identifies staff needs and recommends or provides appropriate training for professional growth and career development.

2. Leads and manages all post-conversion financial processes, including but not limited to developing policies and procedures for the revenue reconciliation and reporting; ensures compliance with the City's and Departmental Cash Handling Policies and Procedures; develops revenue trending and forecasting models; reviews transactions to conform with existing fiscal policies, leads the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.

3. Leads all revenue-related processes in the Department, such as reconciliation (book to bank and bank to bank) of operating revenues; reviews lease agreements and ensures that remitted revenues are compliant with lease agreements; oversees reconciliation of revenues from the Department’s revenue (ACTIVE Net) and lease management (TBD) system to PeopleSoft financial system; ensures the Department’s compliance with the City and Departmental Cash Handling policies and procedures; prepares reports for executive staff for use in managing revenues from individual Department units; reviews and prepares variance explanations for the Monthly Revenue Report submitted to the Finance Manager, Director of Finance, and to the Commission; and represents the Department in front of the Commission, Controller’s Office, Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s Office.

4. Leads and manages all accounting-related functions of Asset Management, including but not restricted to entering assets in the PeopleSoft and validating assets in properties owned by the Department; and reviews and approves all accounting entries.

5. Supervises the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.

6. Leads and manages the Departments' responses to audit recommendations and ensures implementation of accounting rules and regulations as stipulated by the Controller's Office, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and/or other regulatory agencies.

7. Performs other projects and duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a closely related field. Such education must include at least eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in accounting [Note that transcripts are requested to be submitted at the time of application filing.]; AND

2. Six (6) years of professional accounting experience which includes analysis or problem solving.  Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system (preferably a government system), performing difficult and responsible accounting and reporting work, preparing financial records, reports and financial statements in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff.


City and County of San Francisco Employees with six (6) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accountant II or 1654 Accountant III.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff.

A Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, public policy, or a closely related field may substitute for one (1) of the six (6) required years of professional accounting experience.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hours work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

* Working knowledge of the City’s PeopleSoft Financial System.
* Advanced spreadsheets and integrated database skills.
* Strong work ethic, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
* Excellent analytical, reconciliation, and organizational skills.
* Self-starter, a team player, and detailed oriented.
* Ability to prioritize multiple and competing assignments to meet deadlines.
* Flexibility and adaptability.

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 1657 Accountant IV announcement
* Click on "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 given 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).

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.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 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 analyst, Stacy Chung, by telephone at (415) 831-2082, or by email at Stacy.Chung@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance process.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. 

Education Verification: Applicants are required to submit transcripts at the time of application filing. You will be able to upload transcripts (preferred) showing all qualifying courses/degree to the online application. If you are unable to upload the document(s), you can send as a PDF attachment via email to Stacy.Chung@sfgov.org, ATTN: 1657 Verification. You may follow this link for more information regarding verifying education requirements and degree equivalency https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.

Experience Verification: Verification of qualifying experience must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include your job title(s), dates of employment, duties performed and hours worked for each position, and must be signed (with a live signature) by the employer or employer's authorized representative. Signed copies of performance evaluations which describe the work you performed may also be submitted. City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.

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

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, 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 are a selected candidate. 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 are a selected candidate, 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.


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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.

Terms of the Announcement
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.
Additional Information
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.

Issued: 10/24/19
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 099633
REC/SC/(415) 831-2082


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.

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