County Of Sonoma

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Santa Rosa , CA
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County of Sonoma Job Openings

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on August 23, 2019


Come grow your accounting career with the County of Sonoma!

In addition to on-the-job training and a starting salary up to $33.01/hour* ($68,895.83/year), we offer an additional hourly cash allowance of $3.45/hour (up to 80 hours per pay period), and a generous benefits package, including wellness and professional development funds. 
Please Note: If you are interested in being considered for the Accountant II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that level. 

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. Through experience and the support of management, Accountants gain the skills and abilities needed to advance their career. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • 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
  • With experience and good work performance, this position also offers career advancement to Accountant II
County of Sonoma Accountants perform professional accounting work, including the examination, analysis, maintenance, reconciliation, and verification of financial records. They are responsible for budget preparation and forecasting, and the timely processing of quarterly and yearly tax returns, W-2's, and employee fringe benefits. They may also support grant monitoring and invoicing, and the development and installation of new accounting and cost systems.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Human Services Department (HSD) are seeking qualified candidates to fill two full-time vacancies. 

The ideal candidate for these positions will possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and:
  • Extensive experience reviewing, reconciling, processing, and maintaining fiscal transactions, accounts, and/or statistical data and records
  • Experience interpreting and applying federal, state, and county laws, regulations, and policies related to governmental accounting practices and principles
  • An intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc.) and financial software
  • An ability to work under deadlines and strong attention to detail

*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU).

Department of Health Services (DHS) - Open
These two positions will prepare budgets and financial reports for various Behavioral Health Sections, invoice grants and monitor grant budgets, administer and monitor contracts with community based organizations, and prepare annual state cost reports. In addition, the positions will compile documentation for state and other audits, provide fiscal information for grant applications and Board items, approve program purchases, and prepare journal entries. These positions will also supervise, assign, and prioritize work for designated clerical and technical staff.

Human Services Department - County Promotional
This position will perform sub-recipient monitoring activities, maintain the department's County Expense Claim database, prepare state statistical reports, provide compliance and budget reporting support, and assist fiscal staff with awareness of new technical and regulatory guidance. Reporting to the Supervising Accountant, this position directly supervises one Accounting Technician and three Account Clerks. The Human Services Department has requested a county-wide promotional certification to fill this position. 

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 & Experience:  Any combination of education and experience which would provide opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.  Normally, either 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; OR
Possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate; OR Five years of Account Clerk experience including two years as an Accounting Technician or higher with Sonoma County and at least 9 semesters or 12 quarter units of college level accounting credit, would provide such opportunity.

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


Knowledge of:  accounting theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of accounting transactions; modern office management procedures, practices, and equipment, particularly as they apply to accounting operations; data processing applications to accounting procedures.

Ability to:  analyze and evaluate accounting data; learn the principles and procedures of governmental accounting; prepare financial reports; make mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and staff of other County departments; supervise and review the work of a clerical accounting staff; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise fiscal reports; adjust to workload changes and work under pressure to meet deadlines.


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 your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should 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 will 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.  Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.