Placer Employment Opportunities

Accountant - Auditor - I


Recruitment #TRNS-14624-01



Interdepartment Transfer/Voluntary Demotion Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently a permanent or probationary Accountant-Auditor I.
  • Currently a permanent or probationary county employee with an equivalent salary to Grade 204*.
  • The difference between Step 5 of your current salary grade and Step 5 of Grade 204 is less than 5%, or at any hourly rate above Grade 204 and willing to voluntarily demote.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

* Salary Schedule/Grades can be found here

* To check whether or not the top step of your salary is within 5% of the top step of Accountant Auditor - I, click here. You will need to know the top step of your current salary range (base hourly rate).


The Auditor-Controller's Office currently has two vacancies for this classification.

The first position will be responsible for compiling complex financial reports, assisting with the compilation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Public Safety and Child Support accounting and various accounting projects as assigned. 

The second position is responsible for providing supervision over payroll staff and completing biweekly payroll processes to ensure production of accurate payrolls.  In addition, this position is responsible for developing program changes and potential solutions within the ACORN application on a regular basis for items being negotiated with the various labor organizations. This position is designated as Confidential due to the level of access and scope of responsibility.

Your name, along with the names of the other applicants meeting eligibility criteria for the vacancy, will be referred to the Auditor Controller's Office for consideration.  You may also be considered for vacancies in other departments as they arise.


To perform a variety of complex professional accounting and auditing work which depending on assignment may include any of the following; to review, analyze and maintain accounting and financial records; to develop and implement accounting and financial procedures and systems; to prepare complex financial reports; to monitor and report on budget trends, financial transactions, tax billings and collections, or accounts; to plan, coordinate and conduct audits of County departments, divisions, districts and funds; to provide recommendations for efficiencies and improvements; and may supervise or provide technical and clerical accounting and/or general clerical personnel.


This is the entry level class in the Accountant–Auditor series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level of Accountant-Auditor II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision  progressing to general supervision while learning job tasks.


Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. May exercise direct supervision over Account Clerk classifications or general clerical personnel.


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

  • Prepare a variety of detailed accounting, auditing, financial, statistical and narrative reports for the County and other agencies.
  • Prepare and review ledgers and journal entries; balance and maintain complex accounting records such as trusts, funds and claims; maintain and balance tax trust accounts.
  • Perform audit procedures and review existing accounting procedures and internal control methods to ensure compliance with standard accounting principles and governmental codes, laws, rules and regulations.
  • Develop, review and implement accounting, auditing and financial procedures and systems; obtain collections on delinquent tax bills.
  • Make recommendations to improve accounting procedures based on criteria, evidence and client processes, procedures and annual audit plan and to minimize the organizations audit risk.
  • Supervise, assign and review the work of clerical staff preparing ledger entries, reconciliations, trial balances and other fiscal records; train and evaluate employees.
  • Keep complete and accurate financial records for a department, including a variety of accounting and financial functions.
  • Review cash accounting, control systems and procedures to ensure adequate controls and safeguards; organize and report bond activities.
  • Analyze and distribute accounts and assets to proper funds.
  • Balance accounts receivable, payable and general ledgers.
  • Examine, verify and approve fiscal documents such as vouchers, warrants, requisitions and invoices.
  • Conduct interviews, develop questionnaires, compose summary memos and work papers, narrative and written reports based on independent assessment of audit evidence.
  • Record transactions in subsidiary and general ledgers; prepare trial balances, reconciliations and work sheets.
  • Perform a variety of auditing functions as necessary and as assigned.
  • Compile and prepare financial and other data for claims; prepare grant applications and account for receipts and expenditures applicable to grants.
  • Supervise and conduct annual inventories of assets.
  • Prepare and monitor annual budgets for sections, programs, grants or a department.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct financial operational compliance audits including performing any procedures associated with conducting audits.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience: No experience is required.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, or a related field.

Depending on the area of assignment, additional governmental accounting, auditing and finance experience which involves the application of State and local laws and/or governmental accounting standards may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis if:

  • The experience was performing duties equivalent to those of an Accounting Technician in Placer County; and
  • At least 18 units of college course work or related technical training in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field have been completed, including a minimum of 6 units in Accounting.
  • Experience used to substitute for the required degree cannot also be used to meet work experience requirements.

License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position and in accordance with the California Vehicle Code. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • General accounting principles, federal, state and local governmental accounting principles and governmental accounting procedures.
  • Modern office methods, procedures and equipment.
  • Application and operation of computerized accounting systems and spreadsheets, using common accounting and spreadsheet software.
  • Financial and operational auditing principles and techniques including audit work paper preparation, report writing and presentation.
  • Principles and theories of internal control including indicators of fraud and risk.
  • Principles and techniques of property tax billing and collections.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently prepare and analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and solve problems of operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light weight.
  • Prepare and maintain the full range of standard accounting records and reports.
  • Conduct comprehensive financial, operational and compliance audits including analyzing data, fiscal and financial records to determine fraud and risk.
  • Analyze complex data, identify discrepancies, develop accurate and concise summaries and tables and draw logical and appropriate conclusions.
  • Operate accounting equipment, including calculators, personal computers and 10-key adding machine by touch.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speaking; conduct interviews.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Methods and practices of audit work paper preparation, audit report writing presentation, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Understand, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

Click here to view benefits for the Professional bargaining unit.

Click here to view benefits for the Confidential bargaining unit. 


To be considered for this Interdepartment Transfer/Voluntary Demotion opportunity:

  • Click the Special Appointments/Transfers/Reinstatements link or on the JOBS Employment Opportunities page located at
  • Scroll down to the Interdepartment Transfer/Voluntary Demotion Process section.
  • Select the Interdepartment Transfer/Voluntary Demotion (Placer County Employees Only) radio button, and click the Interdepartment Transfer /Voluntary Demotion application link bar.
  • Follow the instructions provided to select the classification for which you would like to be considered.
  • Select the link "Click here to submit a Special Appointments application for this classification", and complete and submit the on-line application.

Department Contact: Sandy Bozzo  530-889-4202

Interdepartment Transfer/Voluntary Demotion applications may be submitted anytime, but


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