Accountant I/II

Recruitment #18-S65-002


Are you an accounting professional with a strong background in general ledger accounting? Do you have a knack for accurately completing multiple tasks in a timely and efficient manner? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for an Accountant I/II vacancy on the collaborative Accounting team in the Finance and Technology Department. To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online at by the 1/27/2019 filing deadline!

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Under general supervision, performs technical and professional accounting activities including the preparation and maintenance of accounting records and reports, analysis of accounting systems, and the preparation of special reports.

This job classification is flexibly staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the City. An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy as well as future part-time or full-time related vacancies.


  • Has broad professional governmental accounting experience
  • Is computer savvy, analytical and solution oriented
  • Possesses excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, working well under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Has professional-level project or system management experience
  • Is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Oversees, reviews, and documents accounting processes and procedures for compliance with specific accounting requirements per Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and the State of California.  Develops and makes recommendations regarding specific accounting procedures.

    Participates in the maintenance and analysis of all general ledger accounts and account sub-systems such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, fixed assets, and revenues.

    Reconciles balance sheet accounts and City bank accounts.

    Performs fund analysis by reviewing assigned general ledger accounts; makes adjustments, corrects errors or contacts operating department regarding necessary changes.

    Reviews computerized accounting systems and procedures. Serves as liaison for data processing functions and coordinates system enhancements. Designs computer reports to gather information as needed.

    Prepares adjusting entries, fiscal year closing adjustments, and documents for auditors.

    Prepares federal, state and local claims, statements and reports in compliance with GAAP, GASB, and State of California requirements.  Prepares annual financial reports for the City.

    Interprets grant award agreements and monitors for compliance. Maintains support and expenditure documentation.

    Trains, directs and reviews the work of clerical and technical staff.

    Performs other related work as required.


    License: Depending on assignment, possession of a California Class C driver's license may be required.

    Certificate: Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred for Accountant II.


    A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in accounting, or business administration with emphasis in accounting, and one year of professional accounting experience are required.

    Accountant II: In addition to that required of an Accountant I, two years of professional accounting experience equivalent to that of an Accountant I with the City of Ventura.

    Public sector accounting experience is highly desirable for both the Accountant I and Accountant II.   


    Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

    Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

    Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

    Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

    Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

    Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

    Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

    Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

    Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

    Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

    Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

    Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

    Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

    Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

    Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for course taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

    Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

    Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

    Selection Plan

    Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

    Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

    Department Selection Interview
    A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being in February 2019, date to be determined.


    The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: