Retirement Investment Accountant (#RB0830)
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$36.22-$44.03 Hourly / $6,278.39-$7,631.42 Monthly / $75,340.70-$91,577.09 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs complex cost and investment accounting assignments; performs a variety of other governmental accounting and administrative responsibilities; and does related or other work as required in accounting with Rule 3, Section 3 of Civil Service Rules.


This is an advanced journey level class. An incumbent of this class has primary responsibility for complex and technical investment accounting functions and review of general internal accounting systems; works independently and has responsibility for the most complex and technical professional accounting work. This class differs from the Retirement Financial Officer in that the latter is responsible for the management functions and oversees maintenance and control of essential accounting functions.


  • Performs professional level and most complex accounting work in general, cost, and investment accounting in accordance with prescribed standards and systems.
  • Records and reconciles investment transactions, monitors investment manager fees and custodial bank transactions for adherence to Board of Retirement policies.
  • Reconciles various accounting and membership data from plan sponsors to retirement databases; maintains records of financial transactions.
  • Prepares and provides information, figures, and periodic accounting and fiscal reports to federal, state, and local agencies, as required by governing agencies, and completes financial/investment survey requests from other entities; prepares Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).
  • Participates in the development of financial management systems for the San Joaquin County Employees' Retirement Association.
  • Reviews and authorizes requisitions, invoices, and vouchers for processing and payment in accordance with federal, state, and County regulations.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, accounting economics, or a closely related field, including at least twelve semester or equivalent quarter units in accounting. 

Experience: Three years in professional accounting. At least one year of responsibility involving investment accounting is preferred. 

Education: Completion of 60 semester or equivalent quarter units from an accredited college or university, including a minimum of 15 semester or equivalent quarter units in accounting. 

Experience: Five years in professional accounting experience. At least one year of responsibility involving investment accounting is preferred. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license if required by the nature of the assignment.


Accounting theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of accounting and auditing transactions and problems with particular reference to governmental accounting; investment accounting theory, principles, and practices; the laws, ordinances, regulations governing financial operations of the county; modern office procedures, practices, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, and electronic data processing systems, particularly as it is applied to accounting and investment operations.


Analyze and evaluate accounting problems; develop pertinent accounting and related data in the preparation of reports and statements; prepare complex financial and statistical reports; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spread sheet and database applications; adapt to changing technologies and learn the functionality of new equipment and systems; develop appropriate systems for accounts, records, forms and procedures; interpret and apply rules and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others including County officials and employees, other governmental agencies, or representatives of other business entities; analyze and evaluate accounting and auditing problems and to develop pertinent accounting and related data in the preparation of reports and statements; communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing; lead and train others.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device and sitting for long periods of time; occasional standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, driving, and climbing stairs; Lifting-Frequently 5 lbs or less; occasionally 5 to 30 lbs.; Visual-Constant use of overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent need for color perception, hand/eye coordination, and field of vision; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion, and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone, talking in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Physiological Factors-Frequent decision making, concentration, and working alone; occasional public contact; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require occasional working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; occasional travel; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to noise, dust, and poor ventilation; occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RB0830; EST: 7/12/2006; REV: 12/13/2006;