Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant
City of Santa Barbara Finance Department
 Santa Barbara, California
Job Description


At the City of Santa Barbara, the best part of our organization is our people. As a City of Santa Barbara employee, you will work in an environment with other motivated individuals who are passionate about their work. We strive to provide employees with the support they need to thrive. Discover more about us, our values and our organizational culture here.

The mission of the Finance Department is to provide financial guidance to City Council and departments and manage the City’s financial operations. Read more about the Department of Finance here.


The City of Santa Barbara Finance Department is seeking a dynamic and knowledgeable Senior Accountant. This position is responsible for performing the most complex and difficult professional level financial accounting and reporting activities in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; monitor and maintain the City's general ledger; prepare monthly financial reports for submittal to Council; reconcile subsidiary accounts to the general ledger; provide continuing disclosure reporting for municipal debt; ensure compliance with financial provisions of Federal, State and County grant programs; coordinate city-wide disaster recovery efforts with FEMA; provide accounting and reporting support to all City departments; provide technical support for the audit of City financial statements and participates in the preparation of the City's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and Single Audit Report; prepare the State Controller’s report; maintain capital asset records, establish and maintain policies and procedures for obtaining and maintaining information necessary for capitalizing and removing capital assets from City records, and to perform other related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the advanced journey level class in the Accounting series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes in the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned including coordinating and overseeing the work of other staff, and by the performance of the most complex tasks associated with municipal accounting and finance. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


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


  • Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal finance and accounting OR in public/private accounting or auditing.

Education and/or Training:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business, economics or a related field.
  • CPA or equivalent professional accounting qualification is highly desired.

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.