Accountant- Auditor

City of Santa Rosa


The City of Santa Rosa is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Accountant-Auditor. 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: 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:
  • A resourceful professional who stays current with information, technology, trends and developments relevant to the field
  • A 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 April 3, 2018. Please make note of this date as it will be the only time that the exam will be offered for this recruitment



General Accounting Essential Duties
  • Post, balance, reconcile, and monitor the City's General Ledger and subsidiary accounts
  • Prepare financial statements and various financial reports for Federal, State, and other outside agencies
  • Recommend, design, and implement changes in accounting systems and procedures
  • Perform a variety of financial analyses for other departments, divisions, and outside auditors
  • Review and audit grant contracts, amendments, and other documents to ensure grant compliance
  • Monitor and report on the status of State and Federal grants
  • Assist departmental personnel with budget activity, proper expenditure coding, document preparation, and other accounting related activities
  • Monitor current year budget for various City departments and projects
  • Prepare fund balance projections and review with operating departments
  • Research and analyze transactions to resolve budget problems
  • Prepare and review all journal vouchers for correctness and accuracy
  • Provide analysis of available funds at management's request
  • Review a variety of bank reconciliations, claims, reports, and schedules for accuracy and completion
  • Manage the preparation of the citywide cost allocation plan
  • Stay current with new developments in government accounting and auditing
General Audit Essential Duties
  • Plan and execute performance audits and attestation engagements, and prepare audit documentation, in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS)
  • Document internal controls structure with technical proficiency; determine the weaknesses in internal controls, and design mitigating controls to reduce risk exposure
  • Participate in the development of internal control framework outlined by the Government Accounting Office (GAO)
  • Participate in the development of a citywide risk assessment model
  • Define the control and audit objectives and scope of an audit based on the results of the entity-specific risk assessment
  • Develop audit programs to be used in accomplishing audit objectives
  • Collect relevant data through interviews, observations, walkthroughs and other appropriate inquiry methods; and document the results with technical proficiency
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in performing a narrative type interview in both individual and group settings
  • Conduct internal audits of internal controls, accounting systems compliance requirements and grant funding activities of City departments, and prepare recommendations and reports
  • Participate in studying and evaluating the adequacy of internal controls, records and procedures, including compliance with statutory, administrative and contractual requirements
  • Ensure that audit working papers support the audit findings and conclusions, and are prepared in accordance with GAGAS
  • Prepare various charts, flow diagrams and graphic presentations for written reports
  • Prepare concise and comprehensive written audit reports for distribution to management
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties section, incumbents may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.
  • Audit and process payments for various contracts and miscellaneous expenses
  • Provide technical guidance to lower level accounting personnel
  • May provide indirect supervision to technical support staff
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


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.

License: This classification may require the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to operate a vehicle, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess an appropriate valid California motor vehicle operator's license.


Work is largely conducted in an indoor office setting and involves sitting for long periods of time with the ability to move about at will. Incumbents within this classification are expected to be able to communicate orally, in person or via the telephone, with other City employees, members of the general public, or employees of other governmental agencies. This position comprehends and draws inferences from written material such as government regulations, laws, codes, and ordinances. An incumbent uses a computer to produce written documents such as correspondence and reports, which requires repetitive arm/hand movements. Incumbents may also be required to move objects weighing less than 20 pounds, such as computer reports, for distances of under 50 feet. Requiring the ability to bend, stoop, and reach above shoulder level.



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