Accountant IV Job at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
Job Information 



Mid Level


$9,377.00 - $11,397.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Position Description

This 1657 Accountant IV position works on the accounting activities in the Controller’s Accounting Operations and Suppliers Division (AOSD), with significant assignments in the divisions’ Finance and Accounting Services Team (FAST).  

AOSD’s primary mission is to control the financial activities of the City. The division certifies contracts, pays vendors, approves personnel requisitions and reviews, monitors, controls, and projects departmental expenditures on a continuous basis to assess overall fiscal condition. The division assists departments to achieve fiscal compliance, accuracy, timeliness and meaningfulness for the resulting financial information. The division is also responsible for the producing the City's annual audited financial statements including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the Single Audit Report, and other reports required by federal, state, and local regulations. Other functions include developing and maintaining citywide financial systems, system policies, procedures, training, security, and documentation.  

Under direction, this 1657 position may plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate staff assignments, as well as perform a wide range of the most complex accounting duties in areas including the following:

Provide departmental assistance to ensure compliance with Controller’s policies and procedures, and accurate and timely recording of financial information in the City’s accounting system.  As part of the Finance and Accounting Services Team (FAST), perform specific projects at the request of the client departments and may be assigned to the client department if appropriate. Analyze and reconcile financial data in the City’s PeopleSoft Financials system including operating and general ledger balances. Provide input on processes and procedures in the City’s Financial system. Prepare analyses and analytical reviews of City departments’ accounts, and reconciliation tasks supporting year-end activities. Assist in the year-end process.  Prepare year-end analysis of balance sheet accounts and reconciliations in accordance with GASB reporting requirements and meet the annual audit deadlines. Assist the preparation and review of sections of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Creates reports using BI and PS Query to facilitate analysis and financial reporting. Resolve issues identified by the City’s external auditors and assist departments as needed to address and/or resolve findings. Prepare, process, and review various financial, accounting, payables, purchasing, encumbrance and other documents in PeopleSoft Financials.    Assist departments to set up and maintain accounting structure and to record entries in PeopleSoft Financials. Review and process citywide departments’ accounting documents and personnel requisitions. Assist in the periodic projections of departmental expenditure appropriations. Review grant accept and expend resolutions and ordinances. Monitor departmental grant activities by performing quarterly grant reconciliations, and analyzing revenue and expenditure activities at year end for any unusual differences. Assist the grants closeout process by identifying potential grants for close-out and analyzing GL balances. Maintain contact/liaison with other departmental staff and managers related to interpretation of City policies and procedures or release of information on departments’ fiscal operations. Assist in the facilitation of the Single Audit, and issuance of the Single Audit report. Monitor and facilitate other audits of department grants required by federal, state, and local regulations and grant agreements; review findings noted during the various audits, coordinate departmental responses, and assist departments as needed to address and/or resolve findings. Coordinate and perform post audit of financial transactions and grants of assigned city departments.  Plan/develop standard guidelines on post-audit exception reporting and documentation.  Follow up on departmental audit findings, responses and corrective actions of audit findings. Supervise and train subordinate staff as assigned. Follow all City and Controller’s Office policies and procedures. Perform other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications


Requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field. Such education must include at least  eighteen (18) semester units or  twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in accounting; AND

Experience:  Six (6) years of professional accounting experience which includes analysis or problem solving.  Experience must include: Working with automated financial system (preferably a government system), performing difficult and responsible accounting and reporting work, preparing financial records, reports, and financial statements, in compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff. OR

City and County of San Francisco Employees with six (6) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accounting II or 1654 Accountant III.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff.


A Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, public policy, or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of work experience.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

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Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Vicente Centeno, by telephone at (415) 554-7506, or by email at

Selection Procedures

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. 

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