Accountant I/II - Recruitment #18-S65-002

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Ventura Finance and Technology Department
Location of position: 
Ventura, CA
I: $59,933 – $72,270/ II: $59,531 – $79,773
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Closing Date: 
Monday, January 28, 2019
Job Description: 

INTRODUCTION: 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! To learn more about the City's Finance and Technology Department, visit THE POSITION 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.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE 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)

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES 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/CERTIFICATES 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 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.

BENEFITS To view benefits, please visit our website at

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.