1649 Accountant Intern (Citywide)

Recruitment #PEX-1649-902205



1649 Accountant Intern Program

 Announcement has been reopened for additional recruitment purposes. Applicants that already applied do not need to reapply.

Program Overview
The 1649 Accountant Intern Program was established to ensure excellent performance in the City and County of San Francisco's Accountant Series. Participants in this Program are appointed at the entry-level of the Accountant classification series. Overall responsibility and administration for the 1649 Accountant Intern Program for the City and County of San Francisco resides with the Office of the Controller, by delegation from the Department of Human Resources. In the 18-month competency-based training program, Interns receive guidance and hands-on training under the mentorship of higher-level, experienced accountants throughout the City and County.  To ensure optimal training and experience city-wide, Interns participate in two 9-month rotations, generally at two different departments.

Position Description
Essential duties include but are not limited to the following: records and processes a variety of accounting data into accounting systems; analyzes transactions to insure proper recordation; prepares and maintains expenditures and budgetary control accounts; prepares reports on status of such accounts; maintains accounting records relative to payroll accounts, processes rate changes and payroll deductions; distributes personnel service costs to appropriate accounts; assists in the maintenance of accounting systems; reconciles internal departmental records with Controller’s and other agency reports; processes and clears encumbrance documents and vendor payment documents, assists in external reporting projects/requirements as assigned. The incumbent must be able to communicate all phases of the Accounting Cycle to a variety of audiences clearly and effectively, and they will also perform related duties as assigned.
Overtime may be required. Assignment locations may vary throughout the program.

For detailed information regarding the 1649 Accountant Intern Program, please visit the official webpage: http://www.sfcontroller.org/index.aspx?page=30

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university WITH eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in Accounting at the time of appointment. The class will start in September 2017.


Please note that only Accounting courses that are 3 units or more will be counted. We will NOT accept any related coursework (e.g. Excel, QuickBooks, finance, economics or math courses).


Desirable Qualifications:
1. Professional accounting work 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, reporting work, as well as preparing financial records and reports.
2. Proficient Skills using various computer software programs including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
3. Experience establishing, promoting and maintaining professional, cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
4. Experience speaking to a variety of audiences regarding financial information and related complex matters.


Verification of education in the form of a college transcript must be submitted with the application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but must contain college letterhead. Please include all transcripts from the colleges you have attended (i.e. junior colleges and universities). Copies of diploma(s) will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. Course descriptions may be requested. Applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign college or university will be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Equivalency certifications and all transcripts must be submitted upon completion of the Written Examination in order to move forward in the process.

Admittance to previous examination administrations is no guarantee of admittance to the current process. Failure to submit verification of education or partial transcripts will result in rejection of your application.

Please include the following items with your online application:
1.) All University transcripts with University Letterhead in PDF format
2.) Updated Resume
3.) Cover letter stating why you are interested in the 1649 Accountant Intern Program.

You will be able to upload transcripts to the online application OR
email to Kira Sanchez at kira.sanchez@sfgov.org  (Please include "1649-2016, LAST NAME, FIRST NAME" in the subject line) OR

Send via US MAIL to address below:

Attn: 1649 Program - KS
City Hall, Room 482
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

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, Leslie Long, by telephone at 415-554-5246 or by email at leslie.long@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The examination process consists of the following three (3) components:

I. Written Examination: Candidates will be tested to determine relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas, including but not limited to: Knowledge of accounting principles (including government accounting) and practices; Ability to make accurate mathematical calculations; Ability to analyze data; Reading comprehension and grammar & spelling.

Admittance to previous examination administrations is no guarantee of admittance to the current process. Candidates who participate in the written exam are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of selection.

II. Performance Exercise: Qualified candidates who receive a passing score in the written examination may be invited for Performance Exercise. Candidates will be tested on Ability to Use Personal Computers (including Microsoft Excel and Word); Knowledge of accounting principles (including government accounting) and practices; Ability to analyze data; and Written Communication Skills.

III. Oral Interviews: After completing and passing the performance exercise, candidates will be interviewed and evaluated by the Steering Committee, who will determine selection in the Program.

Tentative Examination Schedule:

Written Examination: Mid July 2017
Performance Exercise: Early August 2017
Oral Interviews: End of August 2017

Advancement to 1652 Accountant II:
After successful completion of 1649 Accountant Intern Program, qualified candidates will apply to participate in the selection process for Class 1652 Accountant II. Promotion to Class 1652 Accountant II is not automatic and may be affected by the availability of open requisitions or other factors.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. 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

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.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 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.

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

If you are selected as a finalist, 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://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.

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

General Notes

1. Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation must contact Leslie Long by phone (415) 554-5246 (voice) or by email (specify class 1649 Accountant Intern) at leslie.long@sfgov.org or in writing to Controller’s Office, Room 482, City Hall, San Francisco, CA 94102, as soon as possible.

2. Interns assigned to City College will be subject to salary and MOU provisions of that agency.

3. Permanent-Exempt Appointment. Per CSC Rule 114, Article VIII, Sec. 114.44: "Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment, and removal procedures and shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer."

4. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all persons entering City and County employment will be required to prove their identity and authorization to work in the United States.

5. The 1649 Accountant Intern Program will not provide training/supervision to meet Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license requirements.

Recruitment Type: PEX
Issued: May 8, 2017
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-1649-902205
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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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