Systems Accountant

  • County of Yolo
  • Woodland, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Accounting and Finance

Job Description


The County of Yolo Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is recruiting one (1) regular, full-time position in the classification of Systems Accountant.

The ideal candidate will be able to learn the County's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to become an expert in the financial/accounting system, and a resource and change agent for system interfaces and upgrades. Additionally, the incumbent will be able to collaborate and liaise with IT, administrative branch staff and county committees to troubleshoot, resolve issues and train/support staff with how the Agency utilizes the County's ERP system. This candidate will be a key project manager to leverage their experience with accounting and finance systems to provide timeframes and clear deliverables for system development projects and provide support with ERP interconnectivity with other systems (i.e. business intelligence software, time keeping software, contracts software, and others).

Under general direction, analyzes the operational needs related to County financial computer systems; assists information technology staff to design and implement new financial systems; conducts studies and recommends modifications to existing financial systems; responds to operational questions from users; designs user manuals and trains users to on how to access, process and report data on financial systems.

The Systems Accountant is a specialized, experienced professional accounting class, where incumbents perform the full scope of assignments in the accounting systems field with minimal instruction and guidance. Incumbents have responsibility for recommending and coordinating the procedural modification, implementation and maintenance of a full range of financial accounting systems, including large, complex, countywide systems. Incumbents in this class report to an Accounting Manager or other financial management personnel, and may act as a backup to an Accountant III.

This class is distinguished from the higher class of Accounting Manager in that the latter is the first level management class responsible for overseeing division(s) of the Department of Financial Services. This class is further distinguished from the similar class of Accountant III in that this class integrates in-depth knowledge of systems analysis to analyze and recommend system management strategies for financial accounting systems whereas the Accountant III functions as an advanced journey and/or first line supervisory class in the Accountant series. Position allocations to the Systems Accountant class are limited.

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviews, analyzes, and develops strategies for the implementation, operation, maintenance and enhancement of manual and computerized financial systems; provides advice and recommends changes and system modifications to the work flow and functionality of the County's financial computer systems.
  • Oversees user operational needs of the County's financial computer systems; acts as first point of contact to respond to user system functionality or operational questions; trains users on financial system.
  • Develops, tests, implements and evaluates new financial reports as requested by departments; prepares detailed procedural guides and manuals to be used in implementing new or revised accounting systems.
  • Develops, coordinates, and recommends production schedules and requests.
  • Provides input and participates in the month and year-end closing automated functions as well as routine financial system operations.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations related to the field of professional accounting and financial systems.
  • Assigns work activities and projects; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; ensures work is performed accurately and that timelines are met; ensures compliance with established policies, procedures, and related regulations.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Education: A Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Computer Science or a closely related field including completion of 120 semester units with a minimum of 12 semester units in accounting; AND

Experience: Four (4) years of professional level accounting and/or auditing experience comparable to the Yolo County classes of Accountant I/II or Auditor I/II. Experience in modern information systems is preferred.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting and their application to a wide variety of accounting transactions
  • Various professional accounting standards such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Financial Accounting Standards Board, General Accounting Office and other regulatory agencies
  • Principles and practices of business data processing, particularly related to the processing of accounting information and interpretation of input / output documents
  • Application and operation of computerized accounting systems and spreadsheets
  • Principles and techniques of cost accounting, budgeting systems accounting, and auditing
  • Financial statement preparation
  • Techniques of systems and procedural analysis and design as it applies to accounting systems
  • Team dynamics and team building

Ability to:
  • Apply modern fiscal management and data processing techniques to County-wide and departmental fiscal operations
  • Interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations to fiscal operations
  • Gather and analyze data, draw logical conclusions, develop alternatives and make effective recommendations
  • Balance multiple projects and deadlines easily and independently
  • Use initiative and independent knowledge within established guidelines
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing

Application & Selection Process

Application Process
It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.

Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date. Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement. A resume may be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application. In addition to a completed application, applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:
  • As an attachment to the online application
  • By e-mail to
  • By fax to (530) 661-2674
  • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All required documents must be received by the Human Resources Office by the final filing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Human Resources is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.

Selection Procedure
The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process. The selection process steps may change with or without notice.

TBD Department Selection Interviews
TBD Reference Checks (Finalist candidates only following interviews)
TBD Tentative Job Offer/Livescan/Drug & Alcohol Screen

Verification of Education
Acceptable forms of educational documentation are official or unofficial transcripts that list the student's name, institution name, field of study and date the degree was awarded.

For recent graduates who have not received proof of their degree yet, a letter from the registrar's office stating that all requirements for graduation have been met and listing the field of study will be sufficient proof of graduation.
Please do not send originals; copies of the required documents are acceptable. Any submitted documents will not be returned.
All foreign transcripts or diplomas must be in English. If the institution does not provide these documents in English, the applicant will need to provide a translation which has been done by a professional agency. The County of Yolo will accept education as equivalent to U.S. accreditation from Institutions that are listed as members of the International Association of Universities. You may check for your school by visiting the IAU web site ( ).

Applicants who possess a degree or completed coursework that is not from an accredited college or university, must submit one of the following:

1. A written statement from a U.S accredited university or college that states that the applicant is qualified for entrance to a program of graduate studies for which a degree in a related field is required.
2. An evaluation of the applicant's degree and coursework equivalency by a private organization that provides foreign credential evaluation services. The evaluation must include a comparison of comparable U.S. courses for content, credit and grade.

Note: Foreign language documents must include a precise word-for-word English translation of all foreign language documents. It is the responsibility of each applicant to prove to the satisfaction of the County that the applicant meets the specific requirements listed on the job announcement for each specific examination. The following is a list of private organizations that provide foreign credential evaluation services. Fees range from $50 to $400 per document; processing times vary from 5-20 business days. For further information, please contact the organization(s). The County of Yolo does not endorse these business entities; this list has been developed for informational purposes only.

EDUCATIONAL RECORDS EVALUATION SERVICE 601 University Ave., Suite 127 Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 921-0790
(619) 265-5810
CENTER FOR APPLIED RESEARCH, EVALUATION & EDUCATION, INC. P.O. Box 18358 Anaheim, CA 92817 (714) 237-9272
GLOBAL SERVICES ASSOCIATES, INC. 409 North Pacific Coast Highway, # 393 Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 828-5709

Contact Information
For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact HHSA Human Resources by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 666-8600.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.

Job Address

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