City of Calistoga Administrative Services Department
 Calistoga, California
Job Description

Are you an experienced accounting professional seeking to grow your career in a small, well-rounded organization? Are you eager to make an impact on the community in which you work? Are you a self-starter who excels at working both independently and with a team? If so, the City of Calistoga welcomes your application for the next Accountant.

Regional Government Services is conducting this recruitment on behalf of the City of Calistoga.

The Accountant is an integral part of the Administrative Services Department which is responsible for the City’s finances. These services include City-wide budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, financial ledgers and journals, accounts payable, utility billings, and payroll.

The Accountant’s areas of responsibilities are:

  • prepares a variety of financial statements or reports
  • verifies posts and records financial transactions
  • enters and retrieves information and data from financial and payroll software systems
  • maintains a variety of ledgers, registers and journals
  • assists the Director in the preparation of the annual budget and financial reports
  • assists in the year-end close process, including support to the external auditors
  • maintains the City’s fixed asset system
  • is in a lead position and provides direction and training to others within the department


  • Be collaborative and operate with integrity.
  • Apply accounting knowledge and experience to make accurate arithmetic, financial and statistical computations.
  • Be able to analyze financial data, draw sound conclusions, and offer suggestions for improvements.
  • Take initiative to identify effective ways to complete tasks.
  • Possess proficient technology skills, including having the ability to remain current with skills, the initiative to self-teach, and the ability to remain adaptable.
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Be motivated by the opportunity for professional growth and able to reap satisfaction that comes from working in an environment ripe with challenge and possibility.
  • Be punctual, trustworthy, and hardworking.
  • Be able to build and maintain professional relationships with colleagues, team members, partners, and stakeholders.


  • Adaptability and Flexibility - Shifts gears comfortably.
  • Attention to Detail - Accomplishes tasks with thoroughness and accuracy.
  • Communication - Effectively conveys and exchanges thoughts, opinions, and information both verbally and in writing.
  • Critical Thinking – Identifies and defines problems and develops workable solutions.
  • Initiative - Assesses and initiates activities independently.
  • Interpersonal Relations and Skills - Builds relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Leverage Technology - Comfortably works with technology.
  • Reliability and Commitment - Shows commitment, dedication, and accountability in one's work, and follows through on all projects, goals, aspects of one's work.
    Teamwork - Works collaboratively with others in order to achieve a goal.


The City of Calistoga is located at the northern end of the Napa Valley and has the charm of a small town and the sophistication of a world-class tourist destination. The City is famous for its natural hot springs and has drawn residents and visitors to the Napa Valley for nearly 150 years. Calistoga offers outstanding regional cuisine and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy fine wines. The City is approximately 2.6 square miles with an estimated population of 5,348.

The City of Calistoga is a full-service city providing a full range of services including police and fire protection; planning activities; code enforcement and building inspections; park facilities, aquatics, and recreation programs; construction and maintenance of streets, public buildings, and other infrastructure facilities; water production and distribution; and wastewater collection, treatment, and recycling.


Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field and four (4) year of responsible accounting experience.


The starting salary will be commensurate with the experience, qualifications, and skills of the successful candidate and with a salary range of $6,853.33 - $8,330.27 monthly.

  • The City is a part of the CalPERS retirement plan. Classic employee formula is 2% @60. PEPRA employees hired after January 1, 2013, or Classic employee with 6-month break in service are eligible for a 2% @ 62 formula.
  • Member of Social Security
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans (Employee pays 10% of premiums)
  • 80 hours Vacation Leave per year, increasing in year 4 to 120 hours
  • 96 hours Sick Leave per year
  • 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays
  • Life Insurance provided at 1x annual salary


Deadline to apply: March 24, 2023 at 11:59PM

Appraisal Process – (Pass/Fail) After the closing deadline, applications will be screened in relation to the criteria indicated in this announcement.

Minimum Qualification Assessment - (Pass/Fail) All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and assessed for each applicant's ability to meet the minimum work experience, training, and education qualifications.

Remote Screen Interview Exam – (100%) Candidates who pass the application assessment may be invited to a Remote Screen Interview Examination to evaluate training, experience, and other job-related qualifications for the position. The Remote Screen Interview Examination will be held during the week of April 3. 2023.

Successful candidates will be submitted to The City of Calistoga for further consideration and a final Hiring Interview.

All communication and notices will be sent via e-mail. Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to

Neither Regional Government Services nor the City of Calistoga are responsible for failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application. Candidates who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Regional Government Services by emailing

The City of Calistoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer.