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(2014) Financial Accountant I Bureau of Fiscal Systems and Transaction, Fi$Cal Project 2 Section

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Position #:

Salary Range:
$7097.00 – $8816.00

Issue Date:

Lucy Xiong 916-323-6455

State Accounting & Reporting
3301 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Final Filing Date:
July 17, 2024

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

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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 #051-420-4191-019 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.

The selected candidate considered for the advertised position will be required to undergo a fingerprint clearance and any offer of employment will be contingent upon live scan fingerprint results. 

Candidates must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and a resume.  Your SOQ should be no longer than one page, single-spaced and in Arial 11-point font, as it relates to the following:

  1. Please describe your experiences with FI$Cal, Project management and State Government Reporting (Budgetary/Legal Basis and GAAP)?
  2. Please describe your experience utilizing analytical tools, such as Excel, PowerBI, PowerQuery, and macros for analyzing financial data?

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Scope of Position:
Under general direction of the Financial Accountant III, the incumbent will work as a team member of the Bureau of Fiscal Systems and Transactions (BFST), representing the State Accounting and Reporting Division (SARD) for purposes of implementing its statutory control agency functions within the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal). The Financial Accountant I must have knowledge of laws of the State of California, fiscal accounting rules and regulations contained in the State Administrative Manual, Governmental Accounting Principles, procedures prescribed by the State Controller’s Office, the comprehensive financial system of the centralized accounts, financial reporting systems for Budgetary/Legal and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for statewide financial reporting purposes.  The incumbent will actively participate in numerous project activities with the State Controller’s Office (SCO), FI$Cal Project staff, Partner Agencies and state departments. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
(Candidates must perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodations.)

  • The incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert utilizing the knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Budgetary/Legal Basis budgeting, accounting, and reporting requirements as prescribed by California Law; fiscal accounting rules and regulations contained in the State Administrative Manual and Uniform Codes; and procedures as prescribed by the SCO. 
  • Perform analysis and research to determine appropriate action, suggest alternative solutions, and provide support for recommendations related to the implementation of SARD control agency functions in FI$Cal.
  • Participate in the development of FI$Cal’s financial components to fulfill unique State requirements. 
  • Analyze, design, develop, and test financial systems and components such as configurations, conversions, interfaces, extensions, forms, queries, and reports. 
  • Analyze existing and proposed accounting and reporting standards and policies to assess opportunities for business process reengineering while ensuring system integrity. Identify internal control risks and report to management.
  • Attend training to keep apprised of new financial rules and regulations, accounting systems, processes, and procedures. 
  • Design training plans and provide training to the division.
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in documenting current as-is and future to-be processes.
  • Work extended or weekend hours with little advanced notice to meet deadlines.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Comprehension of accounting principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge in PeopleSoft.
  • Familiarity of the organization and functions of the State Controller’s Office and California State Government.
  • Ability to analyze data, draw sound conclusions, and make recommendations.
  • Adept to organize and establish workload priorities, work well under pressure, and exercise initiative and flexibility.
  • Skill to multi-task in managing work and meeting deadlines with the ability to manage competing priorities requiring quick turnaround times.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency to work effectively both independently and cooperatively with others.
  • Aptitude to interpret and apply laws, rules, standards and procedures
  • Knowledge and experience with personal computers utilizing Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, etc.
  • Self-motivated, dependable, and a positive attitude.
  • Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

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