Accounting Manager (#RB3010)
$46.20-$56.16 Hourly / $8,008.84-$9,734.80 Monthly / $96,106.17-$116,817.65 Yearly


Under administrative direction, manages an Accounting Unit within a large County department or division; oversees and performs difficult professional accounting work; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents in this class are responsible for the management of a complex accounting/fiscal unit within a large County department or division. Responsibilities may include general oversight in areas such as: general ledger, accounts payable, financial statements, cost allocation/reimbursement, and cash reconciliation. This class differs from that of Accountant III by its management role and broad oversight of various fiscal activities.


  • Plans activities and services of a complex accounting unit; selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates professional, para-professional, and clerical accounting staff; resolves complex technical problems of subordinates; performs a wide variety of specialized accounting assignments.
  • Reviews and analyzes federal, state, and other regulations including cost reimbursement policies and guidelines; reviews allocation of costs within the department and/or division; reviews, analyzes, and recommends policies, procedures, guidelines, and other business activities to ensure legal compliance and efficiency.
  • Supervises and participates in maintenance of the unit's accounting and billing systems; determines appropriate expense and revenue classifications; coordinates timely completion of claims processing, report printing, system availability and other activities with departmental computer operations and the Information Systems Department.
  • Provides information for and prepares comprehensive financial reports for internal units, federal, state, and local agencies, and/or to private auditing firms as required by governing agencies; prepares budget reports for management review and assessment of the agency's fiscal performance, budgetary compliance, and allocation of resources.
  • Assists in preparation of complex operating and/or departmental budgets; compiles and prepares budget estimates from anticipated operating costs, cash collections, revenues, and expenses; maintains appropriate budget controls over departmental expenditures.
  • Assists in the preparation and review of cost reports; participates in cost report audits.
  • Participates in preparing and reviewing federal and state grant reports, participates in financial budgeting of programs resulting from propositions and senate and assembly bills; participates in related audits.
  • Acts as liaison with other management staff, other accounting units, federal and state intermediaries, the County Auditor-Controller's Office, the County Administrator's staff, and other County departments.
  • Plans and coordinates fiscal audits and reviews by auditors and review organizations; prepares response to auditor's report.
  • Confers with administrative and/or management staff and makes recommendations as assigned.


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

ExperienceFour years of professional accounting experience.

Substitution:  Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

LicensePossession of a valid a California driver's license if required by the nature of the assignment.


Principles and practices of program development and administration; accounting theory, principles, practices, and procedures and their application to a wide variety of accounting transactions and problems with particular reference to governmental accounting; principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; auditing theory, principles and practices; cost accounting principles and practices; enterprise funds; auditing theory, principles, and practices; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations; modern office procedures, practices, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, and electronic data processing systems.


Oversee and manage a complex accounting/fiscal unit within a large County department or division; train and supervise professional and non-professional staff; plan and organize effectively; gather and analyze data; evaluate accounting and auditing problems; prepare complex financial and statistical reports; develop appropriate systems for accounts, records, forms, and procedures; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; adapt to changing technologies and learn the functionality of new equipment and systems; 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; communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing.

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.


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: RB3010; EST: 11/16/1978; REV: 8/9/2006;