Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Accounting Specialist II

Health Care Services Agency

Recruitment #RT-1316-01


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.



Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well being of Alameda County residents.


Under general supervision, to provide accounting and financial support of County departments and agencies; to reconcile, maintain, monitor and control major groupings of funds, budget units, or revenue and expenditure accounts; and to do related work as required. Employees are assigned the most complex, difficult, and/or specialized accounting, financial and/or budgetary work requiring analysis and evaluation of financial records to ensure accuracy and the interpretation of financial guidelines to ensure that fiscal operations are in compliance.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Analyzes and evaluates the more complex financial/statistical data to provide information on department, division, or fund expenditures and revenues in order to assist with budget or financial statement preparation, ensure compliance with governmental reporting regulations or for management decisions regarding budget or fiscal issues. Regularly accounts for transactions in independent cost accounting system and reconciles with the Auditor’s Alcolink Financial System.

2. Coordinates, reconciles, compiles, and corrects complex accounting errors or discrepancies in financial information in order to maintain accurate balances for accounting periods; controls system access while analyzing and reconciling financial data in financial system.

3. Communicates verbally and in writing with fund recipients, departments, and other agencies in order to resolve discrepancies and exchange or relate information regarding contract budgeting compliance, financial record corrections, and inter-department/agency appropriations or expenditures.

4. Monitors monthly time studies for calculating costs for special program claims and completes summaries at end of quarter. Audits time study forms for completeness, accuracy and conformity to State and Federal rules and regulations. Gather data from a variety of systems to generate time study ratios between programs. Analyze, modify or redesign, if needed, a wide variety of forms for online time study system; maintain database; help develop and implement online reporting.

5. Reviews a variety of documents related to the operations of the unit for conformance to program regulations and procedures; using established guidelines, analyzes and evaluates revenues or expenditures of a department or budget unit to determine the maximum allowable reimbursement or claim

6. Reviews and prepares budget and board letters for multiple state and federal grants. Requests to establish accounts in Alcolink and prepares all financial reports.

7. Reviews claims for payment for completeness, accuracy, and conformance to program requirements; monitors payment status, researches errors and makes required adjustments.

8. Participates in the development, modification, implementation and maintenance of automated financial tracking and recordkeeping systems to improve the efficiency of accounting practices and maintain the integrity of the information generated.

9. Coordinates processing requisitions greater than $5,000, coordinates settlement claims, and coordinates maintaining the County’s vendor file.

10. Coordinates and maintains the County’s management benefits claims including medical, dental, and vision claims.


Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience as an Accounting Specialist I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Equivalent to completion of two years of college (90 quarter units or 60 semester units) from an accredited college or university in a bookkeeping or accounting curriculum. (Additional experience as outlined below may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)


Equivalent to two years of full-time bookkeeping experience at a level equivalent to the Accounting Specialist I classification and which has included some combination of document review and processing, administrative or financial recordkeeping and/or office management.


Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license.

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


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:

• Practices and techniques of automated accounting and financial record keeping and report preparation.
• Accounting principles and bookkeeping practices
• Principles and practices of auditing and reconciling a variety of financial and accounting documents and records
• Computer applications related to the work, including spreadsheet and data base 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
• Basic budgeting and cost accounting practices and procedures.
• Microsoft Excel and Access Database.

Ability to:

• 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
• Compile fiscal and financial data.
• Learn accounting structure, financial guidelines, systems, and procedures of the department, fiscal program or agency.
• Learn basic budgeting and funding regulations, practices, and procedures.
• Interpret, explain and apply regulations and procedures in varying situations.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Selection Plan

To apply please contact Alex Martin at (510) 667-7570 or alexander.martin@acgov.org 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