Supervising Accountant

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on November 20, 2023
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Position Information


The County of Sonoma's Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Supervising Accountant to join their team!

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Starting salary up to $57.90/hour ($120,844/year) and a competitive total compensation package!*

The Supervising Accountant will provide oversight and management to the internal audit unit and will report to the Deputy Chief Finance Officer within the Administration Division. Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising and leading a team of skilled accountants, providing guidance, training, and support
  • Overseeing and conducting internal audits to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of financial and operational processes
  • Identifying areas of improvement and implementing control procedures to mitigate risks
  • Preparing comprehensive audit reports and communicating findings to senior management
  • Collaborating with other departments to develop and implement strategies for improvement
  • Ensuring compliance with accounting standards, regulatory requirements, and best practices
  • Facilitating and preparing for external audits, including providing necessary documentation and support

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Proven experience in internal audits and accounting
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Thorough understanding of internal audit methodologies and best practices
  • Proficiency in accounting software and advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and analytical abilities
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Hybrid Telework - A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Salary Advancement - A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,000 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Supervising Accountant position in the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.



Minimum Qualifications


Education: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, possession of a Certified Public Accountant's Certificate, or possession of a college degree in accounting, finance, or business administration with at least 21 semesters or 28 quarter units of accounting, including principles of accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, governmental accounting, cost accounting or auditing; would provide such opportunity.


Four years of experience in governmental auditing and/or accounting at a position comparable to an Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor II with at least 21 semester units of accounting, including principles of accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, governmental accounting, cost accounting or auditing would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Training and/or experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of full-time paid work experience in a position comparable to Accountant III or Accountant-Auditor II in a local government agency, or four years in a professional level auditing or accounting position which demonstrates competency in the many different facets of accounting and/or auditing theory.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Extensive knowledge of: accounting and auditing principles, theories, and practices as they apply to a wide variety of accounting transactions and fiscal troubleshooting activities.

Thorough knowledge of: the principles, techniques and procedures used in governmental accounting, auditing, and budgetary analysis; the laws, ordinances and regulations which regulate county fiscal operations; modern supervisory practices and principles.

Considerable knowledge of: modern office management, including the application and use of standard office and electronic data processing equipment; expertise in word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Ability to: plan, coordinate and direct the work of a complex accounting or auditing entity which is composed of diverse fiscal functions; set up, revise, review and maintain complex accounting systems using different accounting and/or auditing functions; coordinate the accounting and/or auditing of division activities; interpret laws and regulations, and apply to a wide variety of fiscal operations; effectively supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel assigned to perform accounting and/or auditing duties; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, subordinates and others as required; present ideas in a clear, logical fashion in writing or orally.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.



Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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