Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is seeking a dedicated team player and ambitious leader to join its Fiscal Services Bureau as a Senior Accountant.

The Sheriff's Office provides services to the community with commitment, integrity and compassion.  The Senior Accountant position offers an exceptional opportunity to be a part of an Office that is committed to public safety, ethics, equity and excellence in accountability.  

Under the direction of the Financial Services Manager, the incumbent will assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of professional and support staff while performing complex professional accounting duties, to include special projects, in support of the Fiscal Services Bureau. 
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with staff within the Sheriff's Office, other County Departments, and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in Day-to-day governmental accounting and reporting. 
  • Experience supervising fiscal staff.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Ability to identifying and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, and exercise sound judgment within established guidelines.

Successful completion of at least twelve verifiable semester units of college-level accounting coursework is required for this position.  The successful candidate must undergo a thorough criminal and financial background investigation. 

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide direction, supervision, training, work review and/or evaluation to assigned professional and fiscal support on a project or ongoing basis.
  • Provide input into selection decisions and disciplinary matters.
  • Prepare and maintain control and subsidiary accounting records involving a variety of transactions and accounts; prepare trial balances and financial reports.
  • Coordinate and calculate month-end and year-end closings.
  • Prepare journal entries and periodic reconciliations of general ledger, journal, subsidiary accounts and bank statements.
  • Compile and prepare financial statements, general and subsidiary ledgers and supporting schedule; maintain expenditure and budgetary control accounts.
  • Maintain varied departmental cost accounting records, disbursing funds to various accounts and/or billings for reimbursement as required.
  • Provide technical support to internal auditors and governmental program auditors.
  • Review and claim grant or other monies and prepare claims for reimbursement from various State or funding agencies and/or programs.
  • Analyze programs and legislation to determine fiscal impact.
  • Review and recommend improvements to accounting systems and procedures; upon approval, implement new or modified systems and procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Education:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills is:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field and one year of journey level accounting experience. This classification requires the successful completion of a minimum of twelve semester units of college level accounting coursework.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic supervisory principles and practices.
  • Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting.
  • Principles and practices of business data processing, particularly as related to the processing of accounting information.
  • Principles of public finance and applicable laws regulating public fiscal operations.
  • Budgeting principles and terminology.
  • Auditing and financial reconciliation principles and methods.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Plan, direct, review, and evaluate the work of assigned support staff.
  • Train others in work procedures.
  • Review, analyze, post, balance, interpret and reconcile complex financial data and accounts.
  • Develop and implement accounting systems and procedures.
  • Verify the accuracy of financial data and information.
  • Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements.
  • Interpret and apply complex financial procedures and legal documents.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established policy guidelines.
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of clear, concise and complete financial reports and statements, audit reports and audit work papers.
  • Make accurate mathematical and statistical calculations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Important Information About the Examination Process:
The examination process will consist of the steps detailed in the order below. Because of this examination process, not all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are guaranteed advancement through the examination process.

1.   Initial review of application materials. At this step, applicants submitting incomplete applications and/or responses to the supplemental questions, lacking relevant qualifications, and/or not following instructions will be disqualified. Application submissions that do not follow instructions will be rejected. Applicants who pass the initial review will be invited to take a written exam.

2.  A written exam. The examination process will consist of a Written Examination (weight: 100%).  All tests will be held in San Mateo County, California. Applicants must participate at their own expense. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time and place of the tests. Applicants must adhere to the dates listed below. Applicant requests for alternate test dates and times will not be granted. Applicants successful on the written test will have their name placed on the eligible list and ranked based on their written exam scores.  

IMPORTANTApplications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Tentative Recruitment Schedule:
Final Filing Date for Applications:  August 30, 2018
Written Examination Date:  Saturday, September 15, 2018


At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HR Contact: Mandy Singh (08102018) (Senior Accountant-Exempt - E009)

Application Instructions

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