Thursday, December 8, 2022

Accounting Manager, Zone 7

Recruitment #18-4910-01



THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line



Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.


Under general direction, to plan, organize and personally perform varied, complex and specialized professional accounting, auditing and cost accounting which involves the application of advanced principles and practices, including the development of new accounting and cost accounting systems and procedures, and fiscal policies; to direct the work of professional accounting, technical and support staff; and to perform related work as assigned.

This is a single class which provides professional accounting support to the Assistant General Manager, Administrative Services. The Accounting Manager manages the fiscal activities of the Agency. As such, this class is responsible for the development and maintenance of Zone 7's complex record keeping and reporting systems, both governmental and enterprise, which include multiple program budgets and funds. The Accounting Manager, Zone 7 is responsible for direction of professional accounting, technical and accounting clerical staff. The Accounting Manager, Zone 7 class is distinguished from the Senior Auditor-Accountant, Zone 7 class in that the Accounting Manager has responsibility for the Accounting Section.



The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:


·         Knowledge of and experience with oversight of accounting and financial record-keeping in a water agency or closely-related organization, including generally accepted governmental accounting principles, cost accounting, accounts receivable/payable, contracts, payroll and auditing principles.

·         Management of multiple functional specialties including accounting and purchasing.

·         Understands and applies Agency, County and other governmental rules and regulations affecting accounting functions.

·         Maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.

·         Ability to lead, direct and motivate staff.

·         Uses resources to identify problems, solve them, act decisively, and shows good judgment in decision making;

·         Takes ownership of work done and results accomplished.

·         Adept at working with multiple accounting software systems and proficient with MS Excel, 10-key and web-based resources;

·         Effectively presents and receives information and concepts, in both written and oral formats. 



Either I

The equivalent of three years full-time experience as a Senior Auditor/Accountant, Zone 7 or four years full-time experience as a Senior Supervising Auditor or as a Supervising Accountant, with at least one year full time cost accounting experience in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Graduation from an accredited college or university, with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a closely related field.


The equivalent of six years full-time professional accounting or auditing experience (with at least one year full time cost accounting experience), two years of which shall have involved supervisory responsibility.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Maintains and applies a broad understanding of accounting management principles to ensure actions are within established guidelines.

Be aware of and act in accordance with public sector rules, regulations and protocols. Demonstrates diplomacy and political astuteness. Quickly and capably assesses situations and optimizes actions within the context.

Understand and applies knowledge of County and Departmental regulations, policies, and procedures.

Leverages knowledge and develops, advocates, and implements plans to achieve organizational goals.

Plans and organizes work activities; manages several tasks at once. Establishes a course of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently and effectively.

Examines and evaluates data to manage and achieve results.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification

Knowledge of:

• Theory, principles, practices and procedures of general, fund and governmental accounting and auditing, with emphasis on cost accounting.
• Functions, capabilities, applications and operation of computer-based accounting systems.
• Laws, codes and regulations governing public agency fiscal operations.
• Principles of public administration, personnel management, and business office management.

Ability to:

• Design, install and maintain effective accounting systems and procedures.
• Plan, organize and direct a complex and varied fiscal program.
• Perform complex accounting and financial record-keeping activities.
• Interpret and apply legal and administrative concepts to departmental accounting functions.
• Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
• Prepare clear, complete and accurate accounting and statistical reports.
• Train and supervise clerical accounting personnel.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Last Day For Filing:                                      Monday, December 3, 2018              

Screening For Minimum Qualifications:     Monday, December 10, 2018

Screening For Best Qualified:                     Monday, December 17, 2018

Panel Interviews:                                          Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst II
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda