Accounting Technician (Open Competitive)

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Sep 16, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $4,725.81 - $5,744.25 Monthly USD

Job Description


The current vacancy is for a Accounting Technician full-time position in the Finance Department. This eligibility list may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. The first review of applications will be completed on Friday, October 13, 2023 or when 100 applications have been received, whichever occurs first . Applications received after October 13, 2023, may not be considered.

Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process. Selected candidates are typically placed at the entrance of the salary range, and depending on qualifications, may be placed up to the midpoint of the range. This position works a 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off. City Hall hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The City of El Segundo, incorporated in 1917, is a unique, quaint city by the sea. Home to approximately 17,000 residents and over 75,000 private sector employees of major aeronautical, sports, media, industrial and multiple Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Chevron and most recently, the Los Angeles Times and Beyond Meat. Further, El Segundo has become the headquarters for major sports franchises, including the LA Lakers and LA Kings. As the economy broadens, El Segundo is becoming home to a variety of high tech and “creative economy” start-up companies. This is reflected in the City motto "Where Big Ideas Take Off!"

Under general supervision, performs a variety of specialized, technical and paraprofessional work in support of the City's Accounting/Finance function and paraprofessional accounting work in the preparation, review and maintenance of financial and statistical records; and may provide technical accounting support for a City department, function or program.

Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Positions in this classification typically perform a full range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:
  • Performs a variety of specialized, technical, administrative and paraprofessional work in support of the City's Accounting/Finance function;
  • Researches and provides accounting-related information concerning a designated City department, function or program;
  • Maintains records and documentation of designated activities such as charges, penalties, delinquent notices, usage, service orders and the like;
  • Evaluates records and reports and initiates appropriate course of action;
  • Compiles and records fiscal and statistical data;
  • Prepares statistical reports, correspondence and related documents;
  • Posts, adjusts and reconciles designated accounts and balances;
  • Processes time sheets and payroll information; prepares reports of financial activities and transactions;
  • Provides information and assistance to other departments and to the public regarding department, function or program accounting-related and other operating policies and procedures;
  • Gathers, abstracts and explains or interprets technical data and rules and regulations;
  • Reviews claims, warrants, computer source documents and other records for accuracy;
  • Codes and otherwise prepares documents for further processing;
  • Verifies and prepares invoices, billings, purchase orders, vouchers, warrants, statements and the like for disposition;
  • Collects money for a variety of accounts and calculates payments according to formulas;
  • P rovides direct or backup administrative support to the work unit in preparing correspondence, standard forms, charts and reports; and
  • Responds to inquiries from other City employees and the public regarding procedures, processes or departmental activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Accounting principles, practices and procedures involved in the preparation and processing of accounting/financial records;
  • Recordkeeping methods related to accounting or financial transactions;
  • City policies and procedures involved in the preparation and processing of fiscal records;
  • Procedures, methods and office equipment/computer programs used in accounting and financial transactions and record keeping;
  • General office support practices and procedures;
  • Variety of computer software, including work processing, database, and spreadsheet applications; and
  • Records processing and maintenance procedures and systems.

Skill in:
  • Performing a variety of specialized, technical and paraprofessional work in support of the City's Accounting and Finance function;
  • Operating a variety of office equipment, including calculator, typewriter and computer/data terminal;
  • Analyzing and resolving unusual situations involved in financial and statistical record keeping systems;
  • Making arithmetical calculations quickly and accurately;
  • Performing technical-related financial record keeping work;
  • Applying and detecting errors in specific segments of a record keeping system;
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, other City employees and the public.

Working Conditions:
Typical office environment.



A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent, and completion of college level coursework in accounting, bookkeeping or finance .

Experience: Three (3) years of accounting, or related experience in the maintenance of financial and statistical records.

Please Note: Candidates deemed most qualified, as reflected in their application materials, will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. The prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the El Segundo Police Department. The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature, date, surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers, and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Probationary Period: All employees must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period in order to attain permanent status with the City of El Segundo.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

Benefit Summary - Effective 5/17/2019

PERS Retirement : Tier I-2%@55 . Tier II-2%@60 for individuals employed by the City on or after 12/30/12 who are already PERS members. Tier I and II members single highest year coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. Employee required contribution is 8% of pensionable income. PERS 2%@62 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13 have three year average coordinated with Social Security and Medicare and payment of 50% of normal cost (6.75%).

Social Security: The City matches employee’s Social Security contribution, which is 6.2% of your salary and is made on a pre-tax basis. The 2023Social Security income cap is $160,200.

Retiree Medical: City offers paid retiree medical insurance at same rate as active employees.

Medical Insurance : $1,600 per month for employee and dependents' medical insurance under PERS.

Educational Incentive : Up to $334.21 for B.A. if job doesn't require it. Must be approved by Department Head. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Optical/Dental/Life/AD&D : $135 per month City contribution. Employee & eligible dependents may be covered for optical and dental. $30,000 term life policy provided by City; employee can purchase additional self and dependent coverage at group rates. AD&D insurance policies provided for employees.

Flex Plan : Section 125 Plan, allows for payment of employee-paid insurance, medical treatment, and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

State Disability Insurance : Coverage provided through State Employment Development Department for short-term disability. Costs borne by union employees.

Long-Term Disability: City provides fully-paid LTD insurance. Continuance of 66 2/3% of first $9750 of employee's salary after a 60-day waiting period. Applies to non-job related occurrences.

Work Schedule: 9/80 with alternating Fridays off.

Holidays : 11 fixed paid holidays plus 1 day of personal leave/floating holiday per year.

Vacation Leave : 96 hours (1-5 years); 120 hours (6 - 10 years); 144 hours (11 - 15 years): 176 hours (16+ years). Leave can be used after 6 months of service. Annual cash conversion option.

Sick Leave : 8 hours per month. 100% payment for accrual over 600 hours and percentage of unused leave paid upon retirement or separation.

Bereavement Leave: Three (3) working days [one workweek where travel is 500 miles or more] for qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement : Up to $1,750 per year for tuition and books.

Longevity Pay: Up to $66.84/mo for 5 yrs of service; Up to $133.68 for 10 yrs of service; Up to $200.53/mo for 15 yrs of service. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Uniform Allowance : Dollar amount varies for specific classes.

Other : Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Long-Term Care (premiums paid by employee); Mission Sqaure 457 Deferred Compensation Program; Payroll Direct Deposit.

Revised: 12/12; 2/13; 1/14; 2/15; 8/16; 5/17;5/19; 8/22

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map