Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Benefits Accountant

Human Resource Services

Recruitment #RT-0267-01


This is a reinstatement, transfer or voluntary demotion opportunity for current and former regularly appointed employees of Alameda County.

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1744: On the request of a department head and approval of the Commission, a regularly appointed employee who resigned in good standing may, within three years after the effective date of his/her resignation, be reinstated in a position in the class from which he/she resigned or in a position in another class for which he/she may be eligible as determined by the Commission. Appointments by reinstatement following resignation are subject to the probationary period established for the class. You must have been a classified County employee in the same job code or in a job code at the same salary maximum and left the County in good standing. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

You must be a current County classified employee in the same job code or in a job code with the same salary maximum for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

Voluntary Demotion:
You must be a current County classified employee in a job code which is at a higher salary maximum than the vacancy for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.



Department Mission
Deliver high quality and timely human resource services in partnership with County agencies, departments and special districts to enable our customers to reach their organizational goals.

To be the employer of choice and a great place to work.

In a spirit of partnership, HRS strives for: Excellence in everything we do. Responsiveness to our customers and their needs. Fairness in our policies and practices. Innovation in developing and implementing new programs. Diversity in recognizing everyone’s unique contribution. Development of every employee’s full potential. Anticipate and meet the changing needs of employees and candidates to ensure the recruitment and retention of a talented and committed workforce. Support the County’s organizational culture that values customer service, performance excellence, diversity, and fiscal stewardship. Redesign and transform the recruitment function for improved customer service and satisfaction. Champion workforce planning and development to ensure that employees have every opportunity to assume leadership positions as baby boomers retire. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services through the increased use of technology.

Under direction, to examine, analyze and verify a variety of records and documents; to prepare analytical narrative statistical and accounting reports; and to perform other related duties as required. The Benefits Accountant is a professional accounting/auditing classification located in the Employee Benefits Division of the Human Resource Services Department. Incumbents in the class will be responsible for performing professional level duties with a great degree of independence within the ALCOLINK HRMS automated benefits system. This position will report to the Benefits Administration Supervisor.

In addition to meeting the established minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for the Benefits Accountant will possess the following critical attributes:
• Demonstrate expertise with bank and account reconciliation, financial analysis, review and report writing.
• Accurately complete assignments and tasks, while paying attention to detail and processes.
• Consistently manage time and resources to appropriately prioritize and complete goals and objectives.
• Maintain effectiveness while experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment and the ability to adjust within new structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
• Willingness to learn and apply accounting processes and procedures to keep up with advancing accounting methods and computer technology.
• Strong knowledge of general, non-profit, governmental accounting, auditing principles and practices.
• Ability to establish and maintain an effective process to monitor, collect and review information while vigilantly managing quality to ensure work is free of errors.
• Ability to deliver a high level of customer service and work as an effective member of a diverse team.
• Communicates effectively both orally and in writing to a diverse audience

Incumbents are tasked with:
• Ensuring that the County benefit environment is functioning at a high level through data analytics, as well as, detailed documentation reviews;
• Performing some financial statement and other audits of County benefit accounts;
• Establishing strong working relations and high level of customer service through skillful and professional communication, both orally and in writing
•Undertaking special projects as required.


Either I


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as an Accountant or three years of full-time experience as an Accounting Specialist II or other higher level paraprofessional classification performing work at the level of the Alameda County class of Accounting Specialist II in the Alameda County classified service.  



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience in a professional Accounting position involving the exercise of accounting or auditing duties similar to Alameda County’s class of Accountant, or five years of paraprofessional experience performing full time duties similar to Alameda County’s Accounting Specialist II or Accounting Technician classifications.   


(Substitution: A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, or a related field, may substitute for two years of the required work experience.)


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:

 Knowledge of:


  • Generally accepted Governmental accounting principles and practices.
  • Generally accepted auditing standards.
  • General and governmental accounting and auditing principles, theory, and procedures.
  • Practices and techniques of automated accounting and financial record keeping and report preparation.
  • Principles and practices of auditing and reconciling a variety of financial and accounting documents and records.
  • Basic budgeting and cost accounting practices and procedures.
  • Operational characteristics of automated personnel/payroll record processing system.
  • The purposes, methods, and practices of financial record-keeping work.
  • Modern office methods and equipment.
  • Business office practices.
  • Computer applications related to the work, including intermediate to advanced level spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Procedures, terminology and forms related to the functional area to which assigned.
  • Techniques used to reconcile subsidiary accounts, to control accounts, and to maintain books through trial balance.
  • English grammar, spelling and punctuation.


Ability to:


  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with employees, department personnel and customers.
  • Communicate with diverse groups of people by demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity.
  • Read, research, analyze and interpret fiscal documents and other records.
  • Perform detail work and accounting.
  • Learn specific accounting information systems.
  • Interpret and apply business and governmental laws and regulations.
  • Identify and correct errors in a variety of mathematical computations and financial documents.
  • Use automated spreadsheet software.
  • Prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise accounting and statistical reports.
  • Read and interpret financial reports.
  • Audit and reconcile financial, accounting and budgetary documents and records; maintain journals and reports.
  • Read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures involved in fiscal recordkeeping and accounting functions.
  • Interpret, explain and apply regulations and procedures in varying situations.
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Operate standard office equipment.
  • Exercise judgement.
  • Work independently in the absence of specific instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


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
  • 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.


TO APPLY:  Please contact Kim Simmons at to apply.

You are encouraged to apply immediately as this posting is open until filled and may close at anytime.

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer