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



Mid Level


$8,387.00 - $10,194.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


City Job Classification: 1654 Accountant III

Controller's Office - Accounting Operations and Supplier Division

PLEASE NOTE: In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement. 

Position Description

This 1654 Accountant III position works on the accounting activities in the Controller’s Accounting Operations and Supplier Division (AOSD).

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, as well as the Countywide Cost Allocation Plan (COWCAP). Other functions include developing and maintaining citywide financial systems, system policies, procedures, training, security, and documentation.

Under general direction, this class performs complex accounting duties including but not limited to:

  1. Performs complex accounting functions in connection with budget preparation, purchasing activities, payroll analysis and grants management.
  2. Processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established procedures and controls.
  3. Reviews, prepares, reconciles and supervises the preparation of complex financial reports.
  4. Reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of receipts, disbursements and encumbrances to ensure fiscal accuracy and control.
  5. May supervise subordinate staff by delegating, planning, directing and assigning accounting work. Includes training, coaching, and evaluating staff performance.
  6. Performs fiscal year-end closing activities.
  7. Analyzes, recommends new or updated fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls and re-aligns business practices to improve operations.
  8. Maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and standards.  
  9. Presents and explains reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients.
  10. May coordinate, define, develop and maintain financial data extracts, reports and interfaces.
  11. Participates in the identification of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-users testing and documentation, implementation support for financial processing and reporting systems.
  12. Participates in the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.
  13. Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field. Such education must include eighteen(18) semester units or  twenty-four ( 24) quarter units of coursework in accounting. AND (4) years of professional accounting which includes analysis or problem  solving. Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system, (preferably a government system) performing difficult and responsible accounting, as well as preparing financial records and reports. OR
  2. City and County of San Francisco Employees with four (4) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accountant II.


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.


One South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103