Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
 Stockton, California
Job Description


The Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin is now accepting applications for Accountant. This recruitment is an open examination to fill two vacancies, and to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies.

Incumbents work under general direction, and perform professional level accounting work, including auditing, analyzing, and verifying fiscal and statistical data; processing invoices, preparing analytical, narrative, statistical, and accounting reports; providing information to the Chief Financial Officer, Fiscal Manager and/or Supervising Accountant regarding accounting practices and procedures; and performing related work as required.

This is a professional level classification responsible for performing the full range of complex accounting and fiscal functions under general direction. Successful performance of the work requires thorough knowledge of governmental accounting practices and procedures, fund accounting, and fiscal management. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Accountant by the latter’s full supervisory authority in the functional accounting area, organizing and overseeing day-to-day financial processing, reporting and record keeping activities.



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a related field, and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting and finance.


  • Modern principles, practices, and methods of public and governmental accounting and finance including payroll processing and benefit administration, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, grant, trust and treasury accounting, and the encumbering of funds.
  • General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting.
  • Principles and practices of payroll record keeping, processing, and reporting and payment requirements of various State and Federal agencies and benefit providers.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to municipal financial operations.
  • Principles and practices of business organization and public administration.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to work, including word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Court staff.


  • Analyze financial data and draw sound conclusions.
  • Prepare clear, complete, and concise financial statements and reports.
  • Review, post, balance, reconcile, and maintain accurate and confidential payroll records.
  • Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Make accurate arithmetic, financial, and statistical computations.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.