Accountant Trainee – T11587 - 202209

City of San Diego

San Diego, California

Date Posted September 23, 2022
Industry Internal Audit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


$52,145.60 - $62,920.00 Annually
City of San Diego, CA
Job Type
Varies by Position
Business Area
N/A - Multiple Departments
Job Number

10/3/2022 5:00 PM Pacific


Accountant Trainee is an entry-level professional position that performs revenue audits, accounting, or financial information systems work; maintains and analyzes complex accounting records/documents; responds to staff and outside agency inquiries relating to budget and financial matters; directs the input and updating of data contained within the City's accounting system; maintains and revises accounting and related system procedures; evaluates and documents internal controls and provides general guidance to staff regarding internal controls; and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

EDUCATION: You must meet ONE of the following options:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a closely related field AND completion of at least 24 semester/36 quarter units of college-level accounting course work.
  • Graduating senior in the final semester or quarter of an Accounting or closely related degree program which MUST include at least 24 semester/36 quarter units of college-level accounting course work (Proof of graduation is required at the time of hire).

  • Applicants using Bachelor's or Master's Degrees in Accountancy MUST submit proof of degree/transcripts at the time of hire.
  • A Master's Degree in Accountancy or a Master's Degree in Business Administration with completion of at least 24 semester/36 quarter units of college-level accounting course work is qualifying.
  • Applicants using a Bachelor's Degree in a closely related field AND/OR a Master's Degree in Business Administration to qualify MUST submit transcripts showing completion of required course work with their application.
  • College-Level accounting course work will NOT be substituted with business related college-level course work.
  • Experience may NOT be used to substitute for lack of the required education.

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.

  • Reliable transportation and proof of auto insurance may be required at the time of hire.
  • You must provide your own vehicle for which mileage will be reimbursed.

  • Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Proof of transcripts showing completion of the required course work, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; confirmation of full COVID-19 vaccination; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may be cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

COVID-19 VACCINATION: You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before your start date.


  • “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or otherwise meets the criteria for full vaccination against COVID-19 as stated in applicable public health guidance, orders, or law. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization.
  • Candidates who receive a conditional job offer will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.
Rev. 1 – September 2, 2022 (New Recruitment Date)

City employees may be eligible to participate in a benefit program including holidays, vacations, savings and retirement plans, health programs, and other benefits.

Eligible City employees initially hired or assuming office on or after July 10, 2021, with the exception of Police Recruits participating in the City’s Police Academy, will participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS).

Benefits may change due to employer-employee contract negotiations.

Flexible Benefits Plan Options for Employees Represented by Municipal Employees Associate (MEA) or review the Benefits Summary for MEA Employees. (Download PDF reader)

City of San Diego

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