City of Santa Rosa

Accountant-Auditor is a journey level professional accounting position assigned to perform a full range of professional accounting and audit work for the City and the Housing Authority. Accountant-Auditors work independently, under general supervision, and are expected to have a thorough knowledge of professional accounting principles, practices, and procedures and to exercise independent judgment within established accounting systems. Accountant-Auditors prepare financial statements, review fiscal records, monitor financial transactions, and provide budgetary control for assigned funds and departments. Work may include indirect supervision of lower level professional, technical and clerical personnel.

The Ideal Candidate:

The current vacancy is in the Financial Reporting Section of the Finance Department.  In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for the Accountant-Auditor vacancy will have: professional audit experience; governmental accounting experience; a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing standards and practices, and applicable State, Federal and local government laws and regulations influencing City operations and fiscal management; the ability to work with a diverse group of City departments and manage projects; and strong analytical skills with the ability to be a pro-active, self-motivated and committed individual who can work in a fast-paced environment while consistently delivering high-quality work on a timely basis.  

Ideal candidates will also exemplify the following critical attributes:

  • resourceful professional who stays current with information, technology, trends and developments relevant to the field
  • strong collaborator and consensus builder with a demonstrated ability to maintain and cultivate successful working relationships inside and outside of the organization
  • An excellent communicator (verbally and in writing) with a demonstrated ability to prepare written reports and records in a clear, concise manner
  • An analytical thinker with a demonstrated ability to think logically, take initiative and react calmly under pressure in order to arrive at sound conclusions
  • A team player with exceptional organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to plan and organize work for self and others in order to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner

Selection Process: All application materials, including supplemental questionnaires, will be screened. Applicants submitting a complete application that demonstrates experience and education that meets the minimum qualifications will be invited to continue in the next step of the selection process which is a written examination. Applicants who achieve a passing score on the written examination will continue in the selection process which may consist of an application screening, oral board interviews, or another activity selected by the Human Resources Department. 

SAVE THE DATE: The written examination for this position has been scheduled for January 4, 2018Please make note of this date as it will be the only time that the exam will be offered for this recruitment


Knowledge of: Generally accepted accounting and auditing theory, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and practices, generally accepted governmental auditing standards (GAGAS) and their application to a wide variety of accounting, auditing and fiscal transactions; governmental accounting principles and practices; principles of financial administration, including budgeting and reporting; cost accounting principles and systems; internal controls; financial system applications; modern office practices, procedures, methods and equipment.
Ability to: Analyze and interpret financial documents and reports and draw logical conclusions; prepare a variety of financial statements and reports; perform financial analyses and budget projections; perform complex professional accounting and auditing work, and make appropriate and effective recommendations; analyze and evaluate accounting, auditing, and fiscal data, and develop logical conclusions; interpret and apply legal and procedural regulations pertinent to governmental accounting, auditing and fiscal operations; perform mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately; recognize and identify risk and potential problems, solve problems by selecting a solution among several alternatives; plan, manage, and perform auditing and accounting tasks, and perform detailed work involving numerical data; establish and maintain collaborative  working relationships with others; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; and train and direct less experienced accounting personnel.

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience: Sufficient professional accounting and/or auditing experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Usually, this would be the equivalent of   three (3) years of full-time experience conducting performance, compliance, operations or program audits in accordance with professional auditing standards and three (3) years of experience in governmental accounting in a financial environment similar to that of the City of Santa Rosa is highly desirable. Education - A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in accounting or closely related field.
Certification as an Internal Auditor, Certified Governmental Auditing Professional (CGAP) or Public Accountant (CPA) is highly desirable.

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