Principal Accountant

Principal Accountant
County of Ventura
 Ventura, California
Job Description


Under general direction, the Principal Accountant performs working supervisory accountant functions which are highly complex in assigned fiscal program area; functional areas of responsibility may include the supervision and direction of staff performing professional or technical accounting work in an assigned department or agency fiscal program area; non-supervisory, expert-level responsibility for planning, organizing and directing a major department finance program or function; and directing and supervising fiscal staff and operations within smaller department settings.

Principal Accountant is the fourth and highest working level in the Accountant series performing working supervisory accountant functions which are highly complex but less policy focused than accountabilities assigned to management level positions.


Any combination of education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. An example of qualifying education and experience includes:

Bachelor's degree with at least eighteen (18) semester units of college-level accounting coursework, including two (2) semesters of Intermediate Accounting; PLUS


  • A) Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, one (1) year of which must be at a lead or supervisory level;


  • B) Two (2) years as a Senior Accountant for the County of Ventura.

Education/Experience Substitutions:

Professional level accounting experience may be substituted for up to two (2) years of undergraduate education on a year-for-year basis, provided the candidate possesses at least eighteen (18) semester units of college-level accounting coursework, including two (2) semesters of Intermediate Accounting.


  • Must possess a valid California drivers license
  • Verification of accounting coursework is required (see Other Requirements below for details)


  • Master's degree In Business Administration
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Verification of the required college degree and college-level coursework is required. Transcripts or grade reports from an accredited college or university which reflect the date your degree was conferred and passing grades in the required subject areas must be submitted to CEO-Human Resources within three (3) business days of the recruitment closing dates. If transcripts or grade reports are not submitted, your application will be screened out and you will not be allowed to continue in the process - no exceptions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

You may attach the transcripts or grade reports to your application or mail them

Attn: Yvonne Martinez, 800 South Victoria Ave., L 1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Degree(s) from a foreign institution require an academic credential evaluation to determine the U.S. equivalency.

You must submit this documentation with your application, a hard copy with a paper application or a scanned PDF copy as an attachment for an online application. If you submit a hard copy with a paper application, be sure it's a copy. Whatever you submit will not be returned to you. To attach a PDF scanned copy to an online application, use the Add Attachment(s) link in the Attachments section at the bottom of the page where you can edit the various sections of your application.

If the name on this documentation is different from the name on your application, include documents that show the name change (e.g., a marriage certificate).


  • To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at A paper application can be obtained by calling (805) 654-5129. Our address is County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.


  • For further information about this recruitment, please contact Yvonne Martinez by email at or by telephone at (805) 654-3051.