Accounting Technician,

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on August 28, 2021
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Positions are currently available in Permit Sonoma and the Department of Health Services (DHS).

At the County, Accounting Technicians perform highly complex technical accounting work that requires the interpretation and processing of financial records and transactions. They work independently and diligently to solve complicated transactions and accounting problems. Through cooperation with internal departmental personnel and representatives of other departments and agencies, Accounting Technicians coordinate, evaluate, modify, and/or integrate the records and systems for which they are responsible. They may also hire, train, and supervise clerical staff. 

In Permit Sonoma, the Accounting Technician is responsible for being the liaison for grant accounts, assisting clerk staff with transaction-level details, processing complex accounting analysis journal entries, completing the at-cost monthly billing cycle, and other related duties. Please visit the Permit Sonoma website to learn more about the services they provide our communities.

In DHS, Accounting Technicians primarily work with Health Care Services financial systems. This position is responsible for Medi-Cal, Medicare, and third-party billing; processing and adjudicating professional fee and Short Doyle claims; performing monthly/quarterly/annual reconciliations; and other related duties. Please visit the DHS website to learn more about the services they provide our communities. 
The ideal candidates for both positions are self-starters that have extensive experience with Enterprise Financial Systems (EFS) and other general ledger accounting platforms; and:

  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining financial, statistical, and operational records and reports
  • The ability to analyze and interpret federal, state, and local policies and regulations
  • Experience leading, training, and reviewing and assigning work to clerical staff
  • The ability to skillfully communicate, work well with others, and provide effective customer service support to a diverse customer base
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • An instinct for how to best analyze fiscal conundrums and find effective solutions - all while exhibiting a teamwork mentality
  • Compassion, empathy, tact, patience, and a sense of humor!

What We Offer
When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*;

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A 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

*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 Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill Accounting Technician positions in Permit Sonoma and DHS. 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 and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include completion of a two year course of study in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field, and two years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems;


Completion of at least six semester or eight quarter units in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field; and four years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems.

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: methods, practices, and terminology used in financial and statistical clerical work, including considerable knowledge of cost, basic accounting, and budgetary accounting principles; double entry bookkeeping; government and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures in order to satisfactorily perform assigned account or statistical record keeping functions, resolve related problems, or assess acceptability of work performance and procedures; department services, organization, and functions to proficiently plan, prioritize, coordinate, implement, direct, review, evaluate, and perform work assigned to a clerical accounting section.

Working knowledge of: principles and techniques of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; intermediate mathematics to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, percentages, decimals, and derivatives in order to count, calculate, balance, check, and adjust fiscal and/or statistical data; modern office methods and procedures; database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.

Ability to: understand, coordinate, maintain, and monitor an entire accounting system; exercise judgment and technical accounting skill in performing assigned duties independently; establish, evaluate, and modify clerical accounting systems, procedures, records, and forms; review, code, post, adjust, and summarize fiscal transactions or statistical data; maintain and reconcile control records; prepare financial and statistical reports, statements, charts, and graphs; review, analyze, and evaluate data and reports for accuracy and conformance to standards and procedures; train and supervise others; plan, schedule, and assign work; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, coworkers, and administrative and professional personnel; read and interpret laws pertaining to departmental accounting practices and procedures; use and understand common database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications; operate office equipment such as adding machines, calculators, and computers in order to post, balance, summarize, and adjust data.


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 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.