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Senior Accounting Officer (Specialist)

Senior Accounting Officer (Specialist)

Sacramento, CA

Final Filing Date: May 29, 2024

This is a repost from JC#423648. Candidates who applied to JC#423648 are still being considered for this position.

Who are we?

We are the independent oversight arm of the California State Legislature and the custodians of California’s Whistleblower Hotline. Our mission is to provide objective evaluations and effective solutions that enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of California government for the people it serves. We are trusted to produce unbiased, nonpartisan reports that provide recommendations to solve some of our state’s toughest problems.

At the California State Auditor’s Office, we believe that our mission to enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of government also improves the lives of Californians. The many people helping us achieve this mission are the backbone and heart of our organization. We aspire to create a workplace that celebrates their incredible contributions and talents, and embraces their unique perspectives, identities, and values. We seek to develop an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and inspired in their commitment to public service.

Why should you join us?

  • You want to make a difference for Californians and future generations, and make sure California government is effectively serving its people.
  • You are highly collaborative, solution-oriented, and a strong communicator.
  • You have a strong work ethic and thrive when working under pressure.
  • You possess knowledge and experience processing invoices, travel expense claims and CalCard purchases.
  • You have experience preparing year-end financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and state reporting procedures and policies.   
  • You desire an annual salary range of $ 70,260- $ 87,948.

What will you do?

Under general direction of an Accounting Administrator II, the Senior Accounting Officer independently performs the more difficult professional accounting duties.  Specifically, the Senior Accounting Officer will:

Who are you?

  • You have working knowledge and experience with financial, government, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) accounting functions.
  • You have experience preparing monthly closing procedures and year-end financial statements. 
  • You have experience applying state travel program rules and policies.
  • You have knowledge and experience processing complex vendor invoices and tracking related contract balances. 
  • You possess strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to self-manage in an environment with multiple projects with moving deadlines.
  • You have the ability to develop strong working relationships and to interact with individuals at all levels in a professional manner.
  • You have the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

How do I join?

The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. To complete this process, you must do the following:


Take the Exam

If you are a current state employee with transfer eligibility, you can skip this step. If you are not a state employee, or your state classification is not eligible to transfer, you must take the exam to be considered for the position.


Submit an Application

Submit a completed State of California job application (STD. 678) and a copy of your resume.


Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)

Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) responding to the question below using specific examples of your education, training, and experience. Your response will help us determine who to interview for the position. Create a document using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, and limit your response to one page. We may not consider applications that do not include responses to the questions.

  1. Describe a time when you became aware of a potential problem, and resolved it before it became an issue.

Apply Online

You can submit your complete application package via your CalCareer account.

Apply by Mail

California State Auditor
Human Resources Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814

The Fine Print

Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position. Additional hires may be made from this bulletin if positions become available.

This position is eligible for participation in the office’s hybrid telework program. Work at the alternate work location must be in California and conducted in a space that is ergonomically sound, private, distraction-free, and has safe working conditions to be eligible to telework.

Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment. State Auditor’s Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free state workplace. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants. This position is not eligible for a visa sponsorship. Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without the need for a visa sponsorship by the start date of employment. The California State Auditor’s Office is not an E-Verify employer.

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