1824 Principal Administrative Analyst

Recruitment #PBT-1824-059290




This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

About San Francisco Public Works

San Francisco Public Works consists of approximately 1,500 employees with an annual operating budget of over $265 million and we are responsible to design, build, operate, maintain, green and improve the City’s infrastructure, public right of way and facilities. With a mission to improve the quality of life in San Francisco and the core values of respect, integrity and responsiveness, Public Works is driven to improve the quality of life in San Francisco by effectively meeting the demands of a growing and changing city.

Public Works delivers billions of dollars in capital projects for the City, including the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the Public Safety Building.

Position Description:

Under general direction of the Assistant Accounting Manager, this Principal Administrative Analyst plans, directs, and manages the activities of the Department’s Finance Section responsible for overseeing fixed assets, audits, process controls, fund reconciliation and reporting, and developing, updating, and trainings on financial policies and procedures. Position supervises professional level financial analysts and accountants.

The essential duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

1.       Analyzes, interprets, and maintains current knowledge of applicable local, state and federal legislation and regulations, as well as with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB).

2.       Oversees and performs detailed accounting of capital improvement projects from inception to completion.

3.       Works with project and construction managers to identify, record, and track fixed assets timely and accurately.

4.       Issues questionnaires and conducts in-person interviews to maintain and update fixed asset information.

5.       Assists with the annual inventory confirmation to verify the existence of capital assets.

6.       Monitors construction projects in progress and reconcile to FAMIS, the City’s accounting system.

7.       Leads and manages in coordination of all financial and performance audits, both internal and external;

8.       Evaluates and updates business processes and procedures in accordance with the guidelines of City Controller, City Charter and Administrative codes;

9.      Supervises professional level financial analysts and accountants, which includes assigning appropriate area of accounting function, providing guidance in carry out accounting function, handling problems on subordinate’s behalf when needed, and evaluating subordinate’s performance;

10.    Conducts fiscal year end closing activities in accordance with City Controller’s guidelines, which include identifying encumbrance carry-forward and providing justification to the carry-forward requests;

11.    Monitors daily revenue deposits and monthly bank reconciliation, and ensure that all the daily collections are accounted for and deposited in the City bank;

12.    Interacts with management team and the bureau staff and assist them to achieve the strategic objectives and goals.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A: OR

2. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major college coursework as described in Note B and four (4) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and six (6) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

4. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major college coursework as described in Note B and five (5) years full-time equivalent performing professional level analytical work as described in Note A

Substitution: Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in budget analysis, financial analysis and reporting, legislative/policy analysis, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

Notes on Qualifying Experience and Education:

A. Qualifying professional-level analytical experience must include one (1) year experience in the development and administration of complex financial analysis and reporting for Federal or State grants, as well as reconciliation of expense budgets of complex grant programs, development and monitoring of grant program budget activities, oversight of the preparation and organization of extremely complex and difficult accounting records for audit reviews.

Any remaining required experience must be in one or more of the following functional areas: complex budget analysis, development and administration; development and evaluation of complex management/administrative policy; complex grant administration and monitoring; complex program evaluation and planning; complex legislative analysis; complex economic analysis; or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in Class 1823, where the primary focus of the job is complex professional-level analysis for evaluation, recommendation, development and implementation of major programs and functions of department/organization. Analytical experience equivalent to the duties of Class 1823 is considered qualifying.

B. Coursework applicable to a baccalaureate or higher degree in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in Class 1824.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications maybe used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Working knowledge of computerized ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License
  • Extensive experience in accounting functions
  • Experience in identifying and implementing business process efficiencies
  • Experience with implementing financial systems within large/complex organizations
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Business, Finance, Public Policy, or a related field
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and organize multiple assignments and projects; exercise sound judgment; coordinate work/projects with other programs and departments
  • Experience as a collaborative team leader
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fixed asset, capital asset, or capital project accounting experience a plus.

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, Angie Ignao, by telephone at 415-554-6107, or by email at angie.ignao@sfdpw.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of verification of qualifying experience and education.If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456 

Verification of Experience:
When requested, verification of qualifying experience 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, types of employment (part-time/full-time), and description of job duties performed. City employees who qualify based solely on City employment or a combination of City employment and outside experience may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above. City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment.

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.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight 30%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: written communication ability; ability to perform financial/fiscal analysis of large and complex multi-funded capital projects applying GASB and/or GAAP pronouncements affecting capital assets; ability to research, interpret and apply federal grant policies and procedures; ability to understand the nature of adjusting or reconciling items in a typical financial and single audit schedule. Only those candidates achieving a passing score on the supplemental questionnaire assessment component will be invited to participate in the written examination.

Written Examination (Weight 30%)
Candidates will be invited to participate in a written, multiple-choice examination, designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas.  The “core” multiple-choice examination component may include but not be limited to:

  • Ability to evaluate/analyze information/data and to exercise good judgment relative to that evaluation or analysis
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, financial/fiscal principles (including the ability to use mathematical and statistical formulas)

Supervisory Test Battery (Weight 40%)
Candidates who attain a minimum passing score on the written examination component will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication and Conflict Management. For more information about this Supervisory Test (and a suggested reading list), please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11676.

A passing score must be achieved on the Written Multiple-Choice Examination and the Supervisory Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.

The above test components are considered standardized, and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Candidates may receive two or more scores in association with the above selection components. One or more will correspond to the core component of the multiple-choice exam component (i.e. core examination and/or one or more specialty areas).
Those candidates who participate in the Supervisory Test Battery, will attain an additional score. Any scores attained on each of these components will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take any test components for which you have already attained a score.

Your score on the Core Exam is not valid for any other classifications in the Administrative Analyst Series. You cannot apply a score from the Core exam used for 1820, 1822, or 1823, as it is a different test.

The Supervisory Test Battery may be used for many other classes, therefore your test score may be applied to other classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes any of these components (i.e., core exam, specialty subtest(s) and/or supervisory test battery), your score(s) for the corresponding test component(s) will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score(s) to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test component(s). Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the test component (core, specialty subtest or supervisory test battery) is used.

Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. 

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be Rule of Seven Scores.The department may administer additional selection procedures in order to make 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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.  To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246.  Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:


Terms of the Announcement:http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions
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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Copies of Application Documents:http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued:  January 24, 2017
Amended: February 3, 2017 to extend filing deadline

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-1824-059290
GSA - AI (415) 554-6107



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, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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