Accountant II

City of San Leandro , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$7,384.00 - $8,974.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


09/30/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Employment Lists shall remain in effect for one year, unless terminated or exhausted.  The Employment List generated from this recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies while the List remains active.

Position Definition:  Performs complex professional research and technical work involving monitoring and coordinating the City’s financial reporting and audit activities; performs studies and analysis; maintains financial records and systems; performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:  Accountant II recommends policy changes and creates procedures as needed to implement GASB statements and other changes.  Accountant II level requires knowledge of existing financial and accounting procedures and precedents as well as the initiative to identify and resolve related issues.

Supervision Exercised and Received:  Accountant II exercises limited supervision of Accountant I and other assigned staff.  Receives general direction from Finance Director or other assigned management staff. 

 Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential Functions: The functions of the classification may include, but are not limited to, the functions below and are subject to changes in operational necessity.
  • Develops, implements and analyzes City accounting system, practices, procedures and ordinances; recommends, develops and implements changes for efficiency and ongoing regulatory compliance;
  • Acts as system administrator for electronic accounting systems; creates and updates electronic report structures and templates;
  • Prepares analytical, accounting and management reports and informational materials; participates in and oversees the preparation of interim and annual financial reports and statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and legal requirements;
  • Assists with budget planning, preparation and control; provides assistance to departments in developing budgets; assembles and analyzes data for the annual budget process;
  • Maintains, reviews, and reconciles ledgers, accounts and statements to document City financial transactions; makes journal entries, examines transactions, ensures accuracy and corrects and adjusts financial records; conducts periodic internal audits of accounts and funds to ensure accuracy;
  • Monitors various accounts to track and verify availability of funds and classifications of expenditures; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve problems; verifies compliance with state, federal and local regulations;
  • Schedules and coordinates audit activities; directs internal audits; implements audit standards;
  • Directs, oversees and reviews the work performed by Accountant I;
  • Serves as adviser, consultant, trainer, and information resource to other departments on accounting systems and procedural issues regarding Finance Department policies and procedures; works with departments to more fully interpret financial information, recommends actions to improve financial conditions;
  • Oversees and participates in research, preparation, review and analysis of various financial and accounting reports and special studies;
  • Reviews Council agenda and minutes for approved appropriation transfers and additions;
  • Follows all safety rules and protocols included in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program; takes appropriate action as required to identify and correct safety hazards and report safety concerns to his/her supervisor;
  • Performs required duties under the City’s disaster response plan;
  • Reviews and reads journals and publications and attends training, conferences and seminars to maintain knowledge of current accounting requirements, procedures and best practices; and
  • Performs essential functions included within the Accountant I classification as required.

Non-essential Functions:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Governmental accounting, auditing and finance principles, practices, procedures and terminology;

Municipal budget preparation and analysis;

Modern office methods and procedures, including keyboard skills and use of computer applications;

Federal, state and government agency laws and regulations pertaining to budgeting, accounting and financial reporting, including grants and redevelopment;

Principles and practices of organization and public management;

Preparation and presentation of financial, budgetary and statistical reports;

Short-range organizational planning; and

Research and analysis of financial issues/projects.

Ability to:
Work independently and prioritize workload assignments;

Properly interpret, analyze and recommend alternatives and solutions to difficult financial issues;

Use initiative and exercise sound judgment;

Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;

Follow oral and written directions;

Establish and maintain a positive customer service attitude and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing work; 

Use appropriate office and computer equipment and applications; and

Perform duties of Accountant I.

Experience and Education GuidelinesAny combination equivalent to experience and education that would most likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with degree in accounting or finance.

Experience:  Two years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting and/or financial management.

Licenses/certifications/other requirements:  Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to attend meetings, seminars and conferences.  Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class “C” California driver’s license. 

Conditions of Work:  During the course of performing the functions of this position, the employee may encounter the following conditions:

Working indoors, computer monitor use, working alone or with other individuals.
 Additional Information:
Salary and Benefits:  The current monthly salary range for this position is $7,384.00-$8,974.00.  Employment may begin at any step of the range, depending upon the qualifications of the person selected.  For benefit information, please refer to the Human Resources tab on the City of San Leandro website  This position is represented by the San Leandro City Employees’ Association, Local 21 IFPTE, AFL-CIO.

Application and Selection Process:  Apply online by scrolling to the top of the job posting and clicking on the "Apply" link.  Completed applications must be on file with the Human Resources Division by September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Important:  Applications with "See Resume" as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered.  The application for employment and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted to be considered for this position.

Based on a review of the applications, a limited number of the best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a qualifying written examination, structured oral board interview, written exercise, or other elements determined by the City to be appropriate. All applicants invited to the examination(s) will be notified of date, time, and place of examination(s).

The selection process will consist of the following schedule:

To be determined - Structured Oral Interview (weighted 100%).  Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher to be placed on the Eligible List.  No make-up dates will be offered.

Departmental Interview dates are to be determined.

The selected candidate will be subjected to a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to, a personal and employment history assessment, criminal history check, financial background check, medical, polygraph, psychological testing, and verification of a valid California driver’s license.

In accordance with Federal law, the City of San Leandro will hire only those individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.  As a condition of employment, you will be required to present proof of your identity and employment eligibility.

A one year probationary period, which is an integral part of the selection process, is used to observe and evaluate the employee's ability to effectively and responsibly perform the duties of the position.  

Americans with Disabilities Act:  In accordance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the Human Resources Division will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.  Please advise the Human Resources Division prior to 5:00 p.m. of the final filing deadline if accommodations are required.  Medical documentation must be provided upon request. 

Disaster Service Worker: All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100.  In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.

Mission Statement:  We, the employees of the City of San Leandro are dedicated and committed to serving the citizens of this community.  We strive at all times to achieve the highest professional standards, to communicate a vision of the future, and to enhance the quality of life for every citizen.

Retirement: The City of San Leandro contracts with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). 

Veteran's Preference:  If applying for first-time employment with the City of San Leandro within five years of separation from full-time active service, veteran's preference points will be given to honorably discharged veterans who served a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time, active service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Candidates must receive an overall passing score in order to qualify for the application of veteran's preference, which will result in a three percent increment to that passing score. Applicants wishing to qualify must, prior to the application deadline, attach or provide a DD Form 214 as proof of eligibility for the veteran's preference.

The City of San Leandro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Information contained herein is subject to change without notice.


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