1654 Accountant III (Citywide Exam)

Recruitment #CBT-1654-901300


1654 Accountant III - (Citywide Examination Process)

Note: This exam announcement has been amended to extend the filing date for additional recruitment purposes and update certification rule. The filing deadline has been extended to Friday, October 9, 2015. Applicants who have already submitted an application do no need to re-apply.

Position Description
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 budget preparation, purchasing activities, payroll analysis and grants management; 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 encumbrances to ensure fiscal accuracy and control; may supervise subordinate staff by delegating, planning, directing and assigning accounting work. Includes training, coaching and evaluating staff performance; performs fiscal year-end closing activities; analyzes, 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; presents and explains reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients; 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 and reporting systems; assists in the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems; performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field.  Such education must include eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in accounting.  (See Notes regarding Verification of Education and Experience)  AND

2.  Four (4) years of professional accounting experience which includes analysis or problem solving.  Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system (preferably a government system), performing difficult and responsible accounting and reporting work, as well as preparing financial records and reports.  (See Notes regarding Verification of Education and Experience) 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 science, public policy, or closely related field may substitute for one of the four required years of professional accounting experience.

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 analysts, Leslie Long, by telephone at (415) 554-5246, or by email at Leslie.Long@sfgov.org OR Carlos Benitez at (415) 554-7530, or by email at Carlos.Benitez@sfgov.org


Selection Procedures

Written Multiple-Choice Examination (Weight 50%):

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job- related areas including:  comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); comprehensive knowledge of Government Accounting; Analytical and Decision-Making Ability.
As part of this multiple-choice examination, candidates shall receive a separate test score for the following subtest area:
Written Communication Subtest:  Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.

This is a standardized examination and therefore test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review. 

You will receive two scores with respect to the multiple-choice examination.  One will correspond to the first component and the second score will correspond to the subtest.  Candidates who passed the written examination under Recruitment # CCT-1654-900011, will have the option to keep their previous written examination scores OR re-take the written examination component.  Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent. 

Candidates must pass the written exam in order to move forward in the examination process. 

Oral/Performance Examination
(Weight 50%):
Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas including: Skilled in the use of personal computers; Interpersonal Skills; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing; and Oral communication Skills; Analytical and Decision Making Ability.   

Total weight for both Written and Oral/Performance components: 100%        

Tentative Written Examination Administration Dates:  Early November 2015

Tentative Oral/Performance Examination Administration Dates:  Early December 2015/Late January 2016

Verification of Education and Experience:

All applicants, including City employees, must provide written verification of qualifying education needed to meet the minimum qualifications.  Copies of transcripts must be submitted to verify college education.  Incumbency in a class with the same education requirements may be reason to waive this requirement for current city employees. Verification of qualifying experience may be required.  If requested, verification must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative on the employer’s business letterhead, and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, and description of job duties performed.  City employees may submit performance evaluations to verify qualifying City experience in lieu of the verification, but must verify education and other qualifying experience as stated above.  City and County employees shall receive credit only for the duties of the class to which appointed or assigned unless sufficient and credible documentation is provided to verify performance of other duties.  Employees may receive credit for duties not usually performed by incumbents in a class if their employee file contains contemporaneous documentation that the duties were assigned and performed.  By way of example but not limitation, records that describe and verify the out-of-class assignment that may be accepted as documentation include a valid performance appraisal completed during the normal evaluation period, payroll records filed at the time of the assignment and Notice of Assignment.  Credit for duties not usually performed by incumbents in a class based on non-contemporaneous documentation shall require the certification of the Appointing Officer and the approval of the Human Resources Director.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver, when requested, may result in rejection of the application.  Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. 

You will be able to upload transcripts showing all qualifying courses/degree to the online application (preferred) or you send via email to Leslie.Long@sfgov.org ,

Include 1654 in subject line of email - (DO NOT email more than one copy), OR MAIL to address below:   
Att: 1654 CBT-LL
City Hall, Room 482
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA94102

Notes regarding Verification of Education and Experience:

1. A degree from a U.S. or foreign college or university not currently listed on accreditation websites may require that an evaluation of the degree must be received before placement on the eligible list.  The evaluation must state that the degree has equivalency as described in the minimum qualifications.
For information on "How to obtain equivalency certification", please visit: http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

 2. Experience must be professional in level and scope.  Experience as an Account Clerk, Sr. Account Clerk, Principal Account Clerk, for example, may not qualify unless it meets the guidelines defined in Civil Service Rule 109 and 110.

 3. Incumbency in Class 1652 Accountant II or admission to a previous examination administration does not guarantee admission in this process.  This determination is governed by the terms of this announcement.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and 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) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying 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 applying 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.

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.


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5) Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


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:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

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://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 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.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to provide a complete employment history for the past ten (10) years and an explanation of all gaps in employment during that period.  The past ten (10) years of the candidate's employment will be verified.  In addition, candidates will be required to undergo a criminal history check, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening.  Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination.  Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Exam Type: CPE 
Issued:  9/15/2015
Amended: 10/6/2015

Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-1654-901300
CON/LL/(415) 554-5246




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.

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