Accountant I/II

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$76,939.20 - $93,496.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/30/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top 10 cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. The City's Airport Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees.

Prior to the impact of COVID, Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is serves more than 15 million passengers annually with 450 peak daily departures and arrivals on 13 international and domestic carriers to 50+ nonstop destinations. SJC has been one of America’s fastest-growing major airports over the past four-year period, based on percentage increase in passenger seat capacity. We are looking for team members who can work toward our Mission Statement to “Connect, Serve and Inspire” and our Vision Statement to “Transform how Silicon Valley Travels”. For more information about SJC, visit


Positions & Duties


Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at  

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in this classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.  

The Airport Department is currently recruiting to fill an Accounts Receivable Accountant vacancy within the Finance and Administration Division.  The incumbent of this position, under the general supervision of the Senior Accountant, is responsible for the timely and accurate generation of Airport invoices and revenue recognition for the Airport.

Duties of the position include: 

  • supervision of two accounting staff, a Senior Account Clerk and an Accounting Technician; 
  • reviewing and approving monthly invoices to ground transportation operators, ground handlers, rental cars, terminal concessionaires, and miscellaneous bill backs; 
  • monthly preparation of late fee invoices, incentive credit memos, and various billing adjustments; 
  • reviewing payment allocations and following up on outstanding charges;
  • updating PROPworks, the Airport’s billing system, based on billing instructions;
  • assisting the Senior Accountant with preparation of accounts receivable memos to the Deputy Director and summarizing information in response to public records or management requests;
  • assisting in the implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 87 requirements on leases;
  • preparation of the Airport’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); and
  • other special projects and duties as directed and assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. 

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts. 

Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel. 

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. 

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of the problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome. 

Reliability - Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate. 




Education and Experience 

Accountant I

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, or related field, which must include twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects. 

Accountant II

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, or related field, which must include eighteen (18) semester units in accounting subjects AND two (2) years of progressively responsible accounting or auditing experience.

Acceptable Substitution 

Accountant I Experience in the maintenance of financial records, systems or transactions may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.  There will be no substitution for the twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  Candidates are required to satisfactorily complete and pass a fingerprint based Criminal History Records Check prior to being considered for a position in this class at the Airport. This Airport position requires a background check and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check. The candidate must be fingerprinted and qualify under all applicable TSA and Airport regulations.

Selection Process

To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at  The final filing date for this job announcement is September 30, 2020.

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.  

1. Have you completed a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, or closely related field?

2. If you have completed a Baccalaureate Degree, have you also completed at least twelve semester units in accounting subjects?

3. This recruitment may be used to fill positions at the Accountant I or Accountant II level. Do you have two years of progressively responsible accounting or auditing experience? If so, please describe your accounting or auditing experience including job title, name of employer, dates of employment, and brief descriptions of job duties for each position listed.

4. What do you consider to be the role of a supervisor?

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.  


If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Elizabeth V. Cabral at


Additional Information 

-Link to Benefits page:

-Link to Department website:

-California Equal Pay Act:

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at  

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions. 




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