1654 Accountant III

Capital Division - Finance

Recruitment #TPV-1654-074940



Appointment Type
Temporary Provisional.  Provisional applicants must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination for this job classification and be selected through an open competitive process to be considered for permanent appointment.  Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.   


The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.


The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department manages and maintains more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in the city, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100-acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools in San Francisco and 1 at Camp Mather, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts and Lake Merced.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  An Accountant for the Capital Finance unit of the Capital Division 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 capital budgeting and grants management.


·         Processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established City procedures and controls.


·         Reviews, prepares, reconciles and supervises the preparation of complex financial reports derived from the Department’s project management database and the City’s financial reporting system. Ability to use various software programs, especially Excel, and ability to design, create and develop readable financial and budgetary reports.


·         Reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of capital grant and project 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. 


o   Develop procedures to ensure smooth transition of functions and cross-training

o   Assist in providing backfill when other staff is out of the office

o   Assist in recruitment of competent employees to fill vacancies

o   Participate in departmental subcommittees working on initiatives for continuous improvement in work environment

o   Encourage and promote staff training and professional development.


·         Performs fiscal year-end closing activities related to grant reconciliation, capital expenditure, and fixed assets reporting. 


·         Monitors grant activities by performing quarterly grant reconciliations, and analyzing revenue and expenditure activities at year-end


·         Maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and standards related to grant and capital accounting.


·         Presents and explains reports to the Capital Finance Manager, grants manager, and Departmental capital project managers. Meets with project managers on a regularly scheduled basis to present, discuss, and manage capital project expenditures.


·         Monitor projects’ financial positions including monitoring fund expenditure projections to actual, timely billings, and control, establishing and monitoring contingencies, as well as providing assistance to project managers.


·         Identifies, creates and maintains accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.


·         Identifies, initiates, and coordinates interdepartmental grant and capital accounting entries, reconciliations, and project closures. 


·         Performs analysis and reconciliation of all General Ledger (GL) accounts related to capital funds and; close-out and/or de-obligate appropriation and estimated revenue for project and its associated fund.


·         Possesses an advanced understanding and knowledge of the City’s Financial Accounting and Management Information System (FAMIS).


·         Lead support for the Capital Division in the absence of the Capital Financial Manager


·         Submits grant reimbursement requests in coordination with the grants manager. Monitors and conforms to all applicable grant agreement guidelines and deadlines.


·         Analyze fund balances and reconcile and correct abnormal fund balances.


·         Plan/develop fiscal policies and procedures for the department in line with citywide best practices and state and federal funder requirements, particularly those of the Recreation and Park Department.


·         Performs special projects, other and related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

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

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 (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
  2. City and County of San Francisco Employees with four (4) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accountant II.


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.


  • Experience in applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and knowledge of governmental accounting
  • Advanced proficiency in utilizing Microsoft Office Suite and generating Oracle-based reports        
  • Supervisory 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 analyst, R. Margarita Recinos, by telephone at (415) 831-2786, or by email at margarita.recinos@sfgov.org.


Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements.  Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.  

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

Verification:  http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#verification.  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

Terms of Announcement

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.]

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.

Issued:  March 20, 2017
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TPV-1654-074940

REC/RMR (415) 831-2786


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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