Accountant Auditor III

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Mar 09, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $6,583.00 - $8,991.00 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description

Exam: #20/20B22/01ND
Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

Priority Screening Date: Monday, November 21, 2022

All application materials must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis.


DESCRIPTION: The Monterey County Auditor-Controller seeks highly motivated professionals with thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to perform professional-level accounting duties preparing, maintaining, analyzing, auditing, reconciling, and verifying financial records and to perform other work as required. There are currently two vacancies. One is in the Accounts Payable Section of the Disbursements Division of the Auditor-Controller's Office.
DEPARTMENT: The Auditor-Controller is an elected official who provides the County of Monterey with financial leadership and expert advice on a wide range of fiscal matters and advocates financial integrity and accountability in all County business practices. The department consists of five divisions: Administration, Systems, General Accounting, Internal Audit, and Disbursements (Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Property Tax).

Examples of Duties

  • Prepares complex accounting records and transactions; reviews accounting records and transactions for accuracy; analyzes records and transactions in order to project results; prepares large or complex federal or state claims; performs professional accounting and auditing duties; ensures financial solvency of assigned accounts.
  • Oversees the preparation of or prepared a variety of comprehensive financial, narrative, and statistical reports, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, internal audit reports, state and federal reports and special district reports; prepares and submits mandated reports within established timeframes.
  • Assists Auditor-Controller division chiefs with the implementation, oversight and auditing of accounting, budgetary, operational and other fiscal-related policies and procedures. Provides consulting services for departmental executive staff, finance and accounting managers, and CAO budget staff.
  • Analyzes, reconciles, and issues sales and use tax payments; reviews and disburses vehicle license fees and sales tax realignments; documents, maintains, and monitors a variety of logs, procedures, and process to ensure accurate financial records.
  • Calculates, posts, audits, and adjusts journal entries; updates accounts to reflect revenue and expenditures; audits accounts for errors and makes appropriate adjustments; coordinates and reconciles different computer financial systems; reconciles various financial statements to ensure accurate fund accounting; matches financial statements with cash amounts; reviews and approved account transfers and other transactions.
  • Communicates with County staff, governmental agencies, and outside organizations to exchange information, coordinate activities, and resolves issues and concerns.
  • Assists with preparation of Annual Continuing Disclosure Reports and other debt-related matters.
  • Assists Auditor-Controller Analyst with gathering reports and analyzing data for the preparation of the County-Wide Cost Allocation Plan.
  • Maintains current knowledge of and complies with applicable laws, codes, rules, regulations, established policies and procedures, and with generally accepted accounting principles; ensures accuracy of input and output data.
  • Ensures integrity of financial information provided to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, state and federal officials, auditors, and county staff; makes corrections to balance sheet accounts; reviews reconciliations; such as, warrants, payables, cash, and investments; performs variance analysis and makes appropriate corrections.


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Internal control systems and general ledger
  • Methods, procedures, and terminology used in professional accounting.
  • Financial statement and report analysis; techniques of financial forecasting.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of financial and statistical recordkeeping.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques in preparing financial statements and comprehensive accounting reports
Working knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting (from thorough knowledge)

Skill and Ability to:
  • Interpret, explain, and apply legal and procedural rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Interpret and apply professional and accounting principles and standards.
  • Gather, organize, and evaluate data.
  • Review, reconcile, and analyze financial statements and reports.
  • Apply principles and practices of governmental accounting.
  • Perform mathematical calculations.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a computer and standard software.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Provide excellent and courteous customer services and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training. Typical ways to acquire the required knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed below:

Education: Completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university, in accounting, auditing, or a related field with an emphasis in accounting or auditing
Experience : Three (3) years of experience performing full working-level accounting/auditing duties with a CPA firm, a public agency or private sector, of two years of experience at a level equivalent to an Accountant-Auditor II in Monterey County.

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Additional Information
The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Successfully complete a background check to include fingerprinting and a credit check.
Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "X" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website: This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

COVID-19 :
On July 30, 2021, the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .

As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.


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Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County Auditor-Controller Department
Attn: Nairi Davis, Senior Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-5092

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all the Supplemental Questions

Priority Screening Date: Monday, November 21, 2022

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.


Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5092

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