Accountant III

County of Sonoma

Santa Rosa, California

Date Posted June 08, 2021
Industry Accounting
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Job details

$82,086 - $99,806 a year
Job Type

Full Job Description

Position Information

Grow your accounting career
with the Department of Health Services (DHS)!

Starting salary up to $99,806/Year
Plus a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Position

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Deputy CFO) for Health Services, this Accountant III position will perform the more difficult and complex accounting work required by DHS. Additionally, this position will be responsible for supervising the accounting work of a team of up to three direct reports, including one or more Accounting Technicians. The Accountant III will oversee the Administration Division from a fiscal standpoint, oversee the department's budget development, year-end transactions, and monitor fund balances. The position will also process monthly County Counsel invoices and assist with reporting narratives. Additionally, the position will oversee and be the lead staff person on Quarterly Consolidated board adjustments, Quarterly estimates and reports, and will be responsible for preparing and presenting high level reports to the Executive Management team.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Experience preparing a variety of accounting, statistical, budget, and financial reports
  • The ability to perform complex accounting activities
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills
  • Experience leading technical and clerical accounting staff
  • The ability to coordinate department accounting needs with a diverse group of leaders
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Initiative and the ability to make decisions with oversight by the Deputy CFO
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and Access skills
About the Department of Health Services

DHS is one of the County's largest and most complex departments. DHS consists of the Administration, Behavioral Health, and Public Health Divisions which are driven by their mission to promote, protect, and ensure access to services that support the health, recovery, and well-being of all in Sonoma County. The following ideas are the basis for how DHS operates and delivers services:
  • Excellence - Strive to create a culture of learning, innovation, and data-driven practices in order to guide internal operations, improve performance, and build staff expertise
  • Collaboration - Engage and work collaboratively with partners, communities, and staff to maximize its impact across the County
  • Equity - Work to reduce disparities and ensure fairness, compassion, and social justice
For further information regarding the department, its programs, services, and partnerships, please visit the DHS website.

  • Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes).

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a full-time position in the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate, or possession of a college degree in accounting, finance, or business administration with at least 12 semesters or 16 quarter units of Accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting or Auditing; would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of full-time paid work experience in a position comparable to Accountant II in a local government agency, or two years in a professional level auditing or accounting position which demonstrates competency in the many different facets of accounting theory and their application to fiscal transactions, would provide such opportunity. Experience supervising technical and clerical accounting staff is desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: accounting theories, principles and practices as they apply to a wide variety of accounting transactions and fiscal troubleshooting.

Considerable knowledge of: the principles, techniques and procedures used in government accounting, auditing and budget systems; laws, ordinances and regulations which regulate county fiscal operations; modern office management, including the application and use of standard office and electronic data processing equipment; modern supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to: plan, organize and direct the work of an accounting division; set up, revise and maintain diverse accounting systems; coordinate the work of an accounting division with data processing and other county departments; interpret laws and regulations, and apply them to a variety of fiscal operations; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; detect possible weaknesses of internal control of standard accounting procedures and recommend revisions; effectively supervise technical and clerical personnel assigned to perform accounting activities; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other employees, subordinates and others as required; present ideas in a clear, logical fashion in writing or orally; use personal computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.
Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure may consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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