Accountant Job at Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California


City of Rohnert Park , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$6,601.53 - $8,102.03 Monthly

Application Deadline 


01/15/2021 05:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Rohnert Park is seeking an Accountant to join our fast-paced Finance Department. The Accountant performs a wide range of professional accounting work for the City, including preparing financial statements, reviewing fiscal records, monitoring financial transactions, and providing budgetary control for assigned funds and City departments.

The ideal candidate will possess a related Bachelor's degree and at least one year of professional accounting experience within a governmental or non-profit organization with a similar financial environment (size and complexity.)  He or she will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of accounting and financial administration for a public agency, as well as the ability to prepare a variety of financial statements and reports, perform financial analyses, make budget projections, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

To be considered for this opportunity, please visit "Job Opportunities" at for an online application and the required supplemental questionnaire. Work history must include all employment for the last ten years.  All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.  
You may submit a resume or other relevant documents to further describe your qualifications; however, "See Resume" will not meet the requirements to submit a complete application, including employment history, or be accepted in lieu of responses to supplemental questions.  If you need assistance applying online, please click on the Application Help/FAQ's link:

If you are a CalPERS retiree, you may not work for the City of Rohnert Park more than 960 hours per fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th, nor in a regular, i.e., permanent, position. Work assignments must be temporary, i.e., typically limited to 12 months.


Under general direction, performs professional accounting work, including auditing, analyzing, and verifying fiscal records and reports, preparing financial and statistical reports, providing information to City staff regarding accounting practices and procedures, fund balances. and reconciling general ledger accounts; assists in preparing the City’s annual budgets; prepares year-end audit reports and schedules; and performs related duties, as assigned.



Receives general supervision from the Supervising Accountant.  Exercises technical and functional direction over and provides training to lower-level staff.



Incumbents perform the full range of routine and complex departmental accounting and record-keeping programs under minimal supervision.  Responsibilities require the use of tact, discretion, and independent judgment.  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 Accounting Supervisor in that the latter is responsible for more complex and higher-level accounting functions and exercises supervision over the Accountant classification.


Ideal Candidate

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Monitors approved budget allocations, revenues and expenditures; prepares periodic reports and recommends budget adjustments as necessary.
  • May recommend, design and implement changes in accounting systems and procedures.
  • Prepares and reviews all journal vouchers for correctness and accuracy.
  • Manages the preparation of the citywide cost allocation plan.
  • Plans and executes performance audits and attention engagements, and prepares audit documentation in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
  • Provides responsible professional and technical assistance in the administration and implementation of the City’s financial, auditing, and accounting programs.
  • Prepares a wide variety of financial and statistical reports, including year-end reporting and budgetary analysis, and assisting in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR), and preparing other legal documents.
  • Monitors expenditures, revenues, and budget allocations to determine the City’s financial status.
  • Prepares custom reports, graphs, and schedules and adjusts as needed; provides analysis of available funds upon request. 
  • Prepares journal entries and reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts related to postings from payroll, accounts payable, cash receipts, and accounts receivable; prepares monthly financial statements, including distributing monthly revenue and expenditure reports to departments; prepares numerous monthly financial reports.
  • Interprets, explains, and applies general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations affecting the financial operations of municipal government. 
  • Analyzes and reconciles expenditure and revenue accounts, including bond accounts; reviews and processes appropriation transfer requests between accounts; reconciles bond statements and bank statements to the general ledger.
  • Participates in and assumes responsibility for various departmental programs including financial statements, general ledger, monthly statements, and special projects accounting; conducts and prepares special studies and reports. 
  • Records and maintains appropriate controls for fixed assets, including City-owned vehicles and land.
  • Assists in the City's purchase orders and accounts payable system, auditing and financial analysis, grant accounting, and special reports. 
  • Maintains and monitors the City’s grant funds and ensures compliance with rules and regulations governing the use of each grant.
  • Receives and tracks property tax payments; ensures that property tax bills are remitted to the proper City departments for payment authorization.
  • Tracks Capital Improvement Program expenditures and allocates funds to the appropriate Capital Improvement Project account.
  • Assists with investments, portfolio management, cash management, debt management, new financing, annexations and subdivisions, and revenue and expense projections; maintains a record of all securities traded on the City’s behalf and reconciles investment reports to support the month and year end balances.
  • Participates in the compilation and preparation of the annual budget, including assisting other departments with budget preparation, providing personnel cost projections, fund balances, and estimated grant revenues and expenditures, monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with adopted budget, and assisting in publication of the budget.
  • Researches and analyzes transactions to resolve budget problems.
  • Documents internal controls structure with technical proficiency, determines the weakness in internal controls and designs mitigating controls to reduce risk exposure.
  • Participates in studying and evaluating the adequacy of internal controls, records and procedures, including compliance with statutory, administrative and contractual requirements.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in the field of accounting.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
In performing the duties described above, the incumbent is expected to:
  • Provide outstanding and friendly customer service.
  • Create and maintain a respectful and collaborative working environment.
  • Communicate honestly and behave in a manner that is ethical, legal and fiscally responsible.
  • Demonstrate care for the organization, customers, and coworkers.
  • Perform work of the highest quality possible.
  • Practice and encourage initiative and innovation to improve the workplace.


Qualifications and Requirements


  • Modern principles, practices, and methods of public and governmental accounting and financing, including program budgeting and auditing and their application to municipal operations. 
  • General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting and municipal operations. 
  • 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.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination.
  • Computers and software programs to conduct, compile, and/or generate documentation.
  • Analyze financial data and draw sound conclusions. 
  • Prepare clear, complete, and concise financial statements and reports. 
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Make accurate arithmetic, financial, and statistical computations.
  • Enter and retrieve data from a computer with speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Understand and carry out a variety of complex instructions in a responsible and independent manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Learn and understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
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 college or university in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a closely related field and one (1) year of responsible professional public accounting experience.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record, may be required for some assignments.


Additional Information


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking and/or driving a vehicle between work areas may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 10 pounds.



Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


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