Supervising Accountant

Supervising Accountant
City of Santa Ana Finance and Management Services Department
 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 direction, supervises, establishes, coordinates, and maintains general accounting systems in order to provide financial information for City management and outside sources in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and legal requirements.

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 Thursday, October 5, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. Applicants who 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.


Develops, maintains, and improves accounting systems to record and control City assets based on established departmental budgets, Council minutes, management directives, grants, and contracts. Provides reliable and timely financial information to management, government officials, and other governmental agencies in accordance with GAAP and the prescribed reporting requirements of the Government Finance Officers Association and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. Analyzes and evaluates existing accounting procedures and recommends process improvements to conform to industry best practices. Supervises, plans, reviews, and approves work performed by division staff. Trains and evaluates professional staff, as needed. Adjusts accounting records to conform with GAAP. Prepares statements, schedules, and notes to the financial statements. Studies, evaluates, and implements Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements. Coordinates audit service requirements and provides assistance to external auditors. Prepares, reviews, and verifies the preparation of the City’s financial statements as presented in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Assists with the preparation of annual cost recovery rates. Reconciles cash and investments. Oversees the capitalization of the City's capital assets. Prepares and reviews a variety of financial statements and reports. Assists in overseeing the development and management of the internal audit program. Reconciles ledgers and reports. Conducts special studies and calculations. Provides technical assistance to other operating departments on accounting and budget matters. Evaluates and provides recommendations to enhance existing business processes. Assists with the daily management and operation of the division. Provides technical assistance and advice. Performs other 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, and four years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, two of which must have been in a municipal accounting office and one in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.


Knowledge of: Federal, State, and local laws affecting municipal finance; accounting principles and practices; cost accounting; municipal accounting and revenue sources; auditing procedures.

Skill in: the utilization of financial related computer application packages.

Ability to: Plan and supervise the work of accounting division staff; train staff; apply professional accounting principles; maintain a complex accounting system; prepare complex financial reports; make arithmetic calculations rapidly and accurately; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other municipal officials, managers, external auditors, employees, and the public.


Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 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. Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed 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 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 Wednesday, October 18, 2023): (Weight of 100%) 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 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.