Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant
City of Santa Ana
 Santa Ana, California
Job Description

The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitude, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a passion for public service. Having highly talented employees provides the best service to our community.

Under general direction, provides a variety of complex professional accounting services, administers financial transactions, and prepares various financial statements and reports.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline.


Coordinates audit service requirements and provides assistance to external auditors. Assists in the development, planning, and coordination of the City’s Internal Audit Program. Assists in the development of a risk assessment for City departments, functions, or process for which may require an examination in testing the existing internal controls or risk environment. Under general direction, performs internal audit examinations. Prepares reports identifying any material weakness or related findings to the examined control, function, or process. Assists with the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Completes ACFR components such as Government-wide Financial Statements, Notes to the Basic Financial Statements, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis. Keeps current on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and participate in the implementation process. Ensures financial statements are prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Keeps current on local, state, and federal grant regulations and compliance requirements. Assists in annual budget preparation by establishing appropriate budget accounts and reconciling ACFR information with the budget. Monitors, reviews, analyzes, and reconciles the fiscal operations of various City funds and programs. Provides appropriate recommendations to City staff and officials. Analyzes financial statements including, but not limited to, reconciliation of balance sheet accounts, interpretation of revenue and expenditure trends, and identification of process improvements allowing for enhancement of financial reporting. Develops written accounting policies and procedures. Supervises and directs the activities of assigned professional and para-professional staff. Assists the Information Technology Department by coordinating the testing of software upgrades. Performs other related functions as assigned.


Education and experience equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field supplemented by eighteen semester units of accounting coursework, and three years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Knowledge of: the ACFR; grant programs and auditing procedures; internal audit accounting theory, principles, and practices; cost accounting; municipal accounting and revenue sources; applicable laws, regulations, procedures, and processes governing the receipt and expenditure of municipal monies; financial software such as Lawson; financial analysis and research procedures.

Skill in: the utilization of financial computer application packages.

Ability to: apply professional accounting principles; retrieve and analyze financial data from computer databases; maintain a complex set of fiscal and accounting records; prepare complete and accurate reports and financial statements; perform detailed work involving written or numeric data and make arithmetic calculations accurately; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and public; instruct and supervise assigned personnel.


Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor is highly desirable.


All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form online and answer the supplemental questionnaire. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application. To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide.

Applications and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed by the Human Resources Department. Those applicants possessing the most pertinent qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will include:

Oral Interview Examination (Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2022): which will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education, and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. Candidates need a minimum passing score of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.

The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer. If you consider yourself a person with a disability, you may contact us regarding providing reasonable accommodation.