Senior Accountant (Accountant III)

Department/Agency of position: 
County of Yolo Department of Financial Services
Location of position: 
Woodland, CA, CA
$68,193.01 – $82,888.83 Annually
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017
Job Description: 

The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one regular, full-time position in the class of Accountant III at the Department of Financial Services.

The Department of Financial Services supports all of the County departments with a variety of financial service functions. Key responsibilities of this position include general accounting, preparing complex financial reports, maintaining the countywide general ledger, and supervising a staff of four paraprofessional and professional staff. The ideal candidate will be self motivated, demonstrate strong analytical skills, be a collaborative team builder, and have previous experience preparing the CAFR utilizing GASB standards. Candidates that possess current CPA licensure are highly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application and responses to supplemental questions. Verification of education may be submitted at the time of filing or when requested by the Human Resources. To apply, please go to

Definition Under direction, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of professional accounting staff responsible for the preparation, maintenance, verification and reconciliation of accounting and financial records, the audit of financial transactions, and the production of complex fiscal reports; analyzes, develops and implements accounting and financial procedures and systems; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and performs the most complex professional general accounting work.

Distinguishing Characteristics This is the advanced journey and supervisory level class in the professional Accountant series. Incumbents in this class supervise and coordinate the work of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical accounting staff. In addition to the supervisory responsibilities, incumbents perform the most difficult and responsible types of professional accounting duties. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

While most positions in this class require supervision of professional accounting staff, some positions will be allocated to this class where the responsibilities are so complex that incumbents are required to possess specialized, technical competencies and expertise at the advanced journey level. Incumbents in this class report to an Accounting Manager or other financial management personnel. This class is distinguished from the higher class of Accounting Manager in that the latter is the first level management class responsible for overseeing division(s) of the Department of Financial Services.

This class is further distinguished from the lower class of Accountant I/II by the regular, continuous performance of the full range of supervisory duties, or the application of specialized, technical expertise required of the position. This class is not flexibly staffed with the Accountant I/II class, and allocations to the Accountant III class are limited.

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

Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of accounting staff responsible for the preparation, maintenance, verification and reconciliation of accounting and financial records, the audit of financial transactions, and the production of complex fiscal reports. Performs the full range of technical and administrative supervisory responsibilities including interviewing and selecting staff; providing and/or coordinating training; working with employees to correct deficiencies; and recommending and/or implementing discipline. Coordinates, assigns and reviews the work for assigned functions, services, and activities; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; monitors work flow to ensure work is performed accurately and that timelines are met; ensures compliance with established policies, procedures, and related regulations. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures. Reviews and approves various accounting documents including detailed accounting, statistical and/or financial statements or reports. Reviews and approves a variety of accounting transactions to resolve problems; examines accounting transactions to ensure accuracy; corrects financial records as necessary; and performs comprehensive financial activity studies. Oversees and performs the analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of fiscal data and documents; assembles and analyzes accounting records and other supporting technical and statistical data; reviews various source documents and laws, regulations, and ordinances for fiscal impact. Oversees and performs a variety of tasks in support of the ongoing budget process; establishes, reviews and approves new accounts and budget controls; prepares, analyzes, and reviews estimated revenues, reimbursement, expenditures, fund balances and other proprietary and budgetary accounts; responds to requests from management for budgetary data analysis, projections, etc. Oversees and performs specialized professional accounting work in such areas as systems, audits, payroll, tax accounting, cost accounting, special districts accounting, claims, grants, etc.; participates on project teams. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations related to the field of professional accounting. Performs related duties as assigned.