1654 Accountant III

Banking Accountant

Recruitment #PEX-1654-093141



Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time but not earlier than January 23, 2019

Appointment Type:   Permanent Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the position shall not exceed 36 months.


We are seeking an experienced accountant to join our Banking Services & Treasury Accounting team. The Accountant III will be primarily responsible for reconciling major citywide depository and disbursement accounts as well as all Treasurer and Tax Collector’s (TTX) bank accounts. This position will supervise account clerks and one accountant responsible for creating and entering journal entries in the General Ledger System and will report directly to the Director of Treasury Services.

The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector:

José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco ("the City").  As Treasurer, he serves as the City’s banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco.  Our mission is to:

  • Facilitate voluntary compliance with the tax laws of the City by simplifying all processes and procedures and by providing efficient customer service. Collect all taxes and fees due and owing to the City.
  • Conserve all City funds, prudently investing the monies to achieve low risk, high liquidity and market yield promote social responsibility with paperless eco-friendly solutions for the shared environment, and advocate financial empowerment and justice for our community.

The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector serves two basic functions for the City's residents:

  1. The collection of taxes and other revenue. The Department collects and deposits taxes and other obligations paid to the City, including business taxes, property taxes, and fees for various business licenses and permits that are required by the Municipal Code. Tax Collection units collect over $2 billion annually.  Additionally, the Department investigates and collects unreported and delinquent tax obligations.
  2. The conservation and oversight of monies before disbursement. The Treasurer manages all City funds in order to gain the maximum return with low risk and high liquidity, including investing the City’s portfolio of pooled funds. The Treasurer works with all City departments to ensure that funds are received, deposited and reconciled as quickly and accurately as possible, so as to provide maximum interest and investment returns for the people of San Francisco.  You may find additional information at: http://www.sftreasurer.org


Under general direction, essential duties for this job classification include but are not limited to: Performs complex accounting functions consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards, auditing procedures, City policies and procedures in connection with journal entries preparation and financial analysis; processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established procedures and controls; reviews, prepares, reconciles and supervises the preparation of complex financial reports; reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of receipts, disbursements and bank statements to ensure Accounting accuracy and control; reviews, analyzes, inputs, and posts citywide and departmental accounting transactions in the general ledger system; monitors funding activities, identifies and resolves deposits and disbursement issues; monitors department’s cash activities; provides accounting services and technical assistance to resolve accounting issues; assists in providing directives and training to enhance operational efficiencies; Participates in fiscal year-end closing activities; recommends new or updated fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls and re-aligns business practices to improve operations; maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and standards; interprets and explains existing accounting, fiscal audit, and policies, procedures and bank transactions; presents and explains reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients; provides management with status reports on accounting and financial activity; assists in coordinating, defining, developing and maintaining financial data extracts, reports and interfaces; assists in the identification of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-user testing and documentation, implementation support for financial processing, reporting and banking systems; assists in the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems; Supervise subordinate staff by delegating, planning, directing and assigning accounting work. Includes training, coaching and evaluating staff performance; performs special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • Performs complex accounting functions in connection with TTX work order billings and related budget analysis and allocation, grants management, and credit card and bank fees analysis.
  • Processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established procedures and controls.
  • Reviews, prepares, reconciles the preparation of complex cash management reporting as well at administering TTX expense reporting monthly and interdepartmental services billings and abatements.
  • Reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of receipts, disbursements, credit card and bank fees to ensure fiscal accuracy and control.
  • Trains, coach, and support new hires in Treasury Accounting. Also serves as a back up to the existing Accountant III.
  • Assist AOSD and Investment teams with month and fiscal year-end closing activities including allocation and calculation of the net interest earnings.
  • Recommends new or updated Treasury policies, procedures and internal controls and re-aligns business practices to improve operations and reduce banking cost
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations,  policies and standards.
  • Presents and explains Treasury cash reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients.
  • Coordinate, define, develop and maintain financial data extracts, reports and interfaces.
  • Participates in the identification of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-users testing and documentation, implementation support for FSP.
  • Participates in the identification and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control on FSP for TTX banking transactions
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field. Such education must include eighteen(18) semester units or  twenty-four ( 24) quarter units of coursework in accounting. AND
  2. Four (4) years of professional accounting which includes analysis or problem  solving. Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system, (preferably a government system) performing difficult and responsible accounting, as well as preparing financial records and reports. OR   
  3. City and County of San Francisco Employees with four (4) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accountant II.

Substitution: A Master's degree in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, public policy, or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of work experience.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Special Requirements:  Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment: ability to work in a standard office environment which may involve prolonged sitting, bending, telephone, and computer usage and engage in repetitive motions involved in preparing reports and written communications and the use of other office equipment.


Knowledge of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and accounting financial systems.

Ability to: maintain regular and reliable attendance; effectively prioritize, coordinate and schedule multiple appointments and assignments; to partner effectively with various interested parties; interact effectively and professionally with others; establish and maintain effective working relationships; excellent communication skills (written and verbal); think critically, research, recommend and implement solutions timely and efficiently; handle difficult situations; take initiative and work independently in a team environment; detail-oriented and willingness to be cross-trained on various functions within the department. supervise accounting and auditing staff; ability to organize tasks/projects by planning, directing, and assigning the work programs, assist in training and coaching subordinates including developing staff capabilities and professional growth, and monitoring and evaluating staff performance; analyze and interpret various fiscal and/or accounting data and reports; to determine compliance with policies and procedures set forth by the City, other agencies and other existing legal requirements; and ability to make appropriate decisions based on information; communicate orally, clearly, courteously and effectively to other professionals, management and the public, including the ability to produce and present concise financial information to a variety of audiences; communicate clearly and effectively in writing, demonstrate this ability by rendering technical details and reports in a form readily understandable to management and other non-technical professional staff.

Skill in: High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint; use of large complex, multi-departmental financial systems, and demonstrate the knowledge required to interpret resulting financial and accounting reports, summaries and budgets; relating and working well with others, respond tactfully, professionally and courteously.

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE:  Verification of qualifying experience and education will be required from the selected applicant within one (1) week of tentative selection.  Appointment will depend upon the satisfactory submission of the required verification as listed below.

Qualifying education must be verified by copies of transcripts. Verification of qualifying experience must be on the employer’s letterhead, show the name of the applicant, dates of service, job title(s), duties performed, and must be signed by the employer. City employees may submit performance appraisals or letters from the department personnel office to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification by the filing deadline may request a reasonable extension of time and/or waiver of the verification requirement by submitting a separate signed statement, explaining the reason for the request, no later that the final filing date. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

NOTES:  Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an interview.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Guillermo Tapia, by telephone at 415-554-4473, or by email at Guillermo.tapia@sfgov.org.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Issued:  01/08/2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-1654-093141


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here. 

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