Career Opportunities

(2013) Financial Accountant III (Bureau of Accounting & Consulting)

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Position #:

Salary Range:
$9,922.00 - $11,267.00

Issue Date:

Lucy Xiong 916-323-6455

State Accounting & Reporting
3301 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Final Filing Date:
Until Filled

Individuals who are currently in this classification, or are eligible for lateral transfer or promotion, or are reachable on a certification list may apply.  

For permanent positions, SROA and surplus candidates should attach “surplus letters” to their application.  Failure to do so may result in your application not being considered.

Submit application package electronically via your CalCareers account or to address below:  

State Controller’s Office
Human Resources Office
ATTN: Classification Unit - AM
300 Capitol Mall, Ste. 300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Application package must include all the required documents.  Mailed application package must include Position #051-420-4193-018 in the job title section.  Application received without this information may be rejected.   

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Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed. Please include a copy of your degree, transcripts, and detailed work experience on your application. Application must include “to” and “from” employment dates (m/d/y), hours per week, and prior employer contact information including contact number.  Applications received without this information may not be considered for this position.

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Special Instructions: 
Candidates must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).  Your SOQ should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced and in Arial 12-point font, and address the following:

  1. Please describe your technical knowledge and experience performing complex accounting processes related to the duties and responsibilities listed below.
  2. Please describe your experience with the FI$Cal system or a similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. 

Scope of Position:
Under the general direction of the Bureau of Cash Management Chief, a Financial Accountant IV, as a Section Manager/Specialist, the Financial Accountant III provides direction to supervisory and professional level financial accounting staff performing critically sensitive and complex accounting activities and various cash management processes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead, plan, organize, direct, coordinate, instruct, and review the work of supervisory and professional financial accounting staff responsible for complex financial accounting, forecasting, allocations, cash management, reporting, and reconciling of the statewide financial activities.  Such activities include:
    • Establishing and compiling financial accounting records for governmental and non-governmental cost funds and administrating fiscal legal authority of statewide financial appropriations for the annual operating budget and special legislation for state agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and universities.
    • Implementing the annual operating budget to comply with Cash and Budgetary/Legal Basis financial accounting requirement impacting statewide financial accounting and report, and the State’s annual financial statements.
    • Preparing various program financial accounting reports, statistical information, and financial data for use by Division management, the Executive Office, other state entities, or other interested parties.
    • Analyzing and processing financial accounting transactions including cash transfers, remittances, payments, loans, and allocations. 
    • Reconciling Fiscal System financial records to ensure accuracy of statewide financial records which result in financial statements and accurate reporting of the State’s financial position. Resolving outstanding reconciling items.
    • Overseeing the review of legislative process and review staff analysis of legislation for workload impact to the Bureau’s operations. Directing staff and managing action plans to implement new internal and external requirements.
    • Overseeing financial accounting consulting services for the statewide comprehensive centralized financial accounting system, responding to auditor inquiries regarding the Budget Act, Payroll accounting, fiscal operations, and procedures for statewide year-end closing of the financial accounting records.
    • During pre- and post-implementation for Book of Record (BOR) initiative, perform highly complex and technical analysis, research to determine appropriate action, develop alternative solutions, provide support for recommendations, and implement solutions.
    • Develop test scripts, scenarios, and conditions to ensure system and process integrity.
  • Evaluate and/or assess staff performance and determine needed training. Identify problems to be resolved or goals to be accomplished.  Identify and attempt to correct performance deficiencies in subordinate staff.  Provide guidance and motivation to solve performance problems.  As required, initiate disciplinary actions. 
  • Meet with the Bureau Chief to assess workload issues for the purposes of creating performance measurements, annual work plans, and project management plans. Participate in the agency's development and implementation of a new financial accounting system (FI$Cal).  
  • Ensure the Section adheres to the overall mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Division, Bureau and Department. Provide direction and oversight regarding the understanding and implementation of legislation, policies, regulations, and procedures. Conduct ongoing risk assessments, monitor and verify adequacy of internal controls in compliance with the State Leadership Accountability Act.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of the State Controller's Office and California State Government
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules, standards, and procedures
  • Ability to analyze data, draw sound conclusions, and make recommendations
  • Ability to organize and establish workload priorities, work well under pressures, and exercise initiative and flexibility
  • Organized in managing work and meeting deadlines with the ability to manage multiple priorities requiring quick turnaround times
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and cooperatively with others
  • Knowledge and experience with personal computers utilizing Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, etc.
  • Self-motivated, dependable, and a positive attitude

MISSION: Protect California's financial integrity while providing transparency and excellent service.

VISION: Provide stewardship of public dollars while building a forward-thinking culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

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, hair style and texture, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. Rev. 01/2023