Menlo Park Fire Protection District


San Francisco/Peninsula
1/20/2019 at 5pm or until 150 applicants
$28.54-$42.80 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


170 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA, 94025





The Menlo Park Fire Protection District invites you to apply for the position of Accounting Technician. Typical duties may include but are not limited to the following: performs a variety of responsible paraprofessional, technical, and administrative support duties related to the processing of financial transactions and the preparation and reconciliation of financial and accounting records and reports; provides administrative support to management and departmental staff for a wide variety of assignments related to administration of budgets, purchasing, research projects, and department programs; may be given other financial and administrative support assignments; provides and performs related work as required. 

Ideal Candidate


Will be detail oriented and able to manage multiple tasks; have the ability to complete accounts payable/receivable and payroll assignments; will successfully perform work requiring analytical ability and be able to synthesize and summarize information; will use initiative and independent judgment; will be a team player who likes working with a variety of staff, the public, and representatives from the communities the District serves; enjoys working in the public sector finance area; and communicates well with employees and the public.  


 Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Knowledge of:

  • Terminology and practices of financial and account document processing and record-keeping, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and budgeting support.
  • Principles and practices of auditing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other accounting and financial documents.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Modern office administrative practices and procedures, including the use of standard office equipment.
  • Business letter writing and the standard format for reports and correspondence.
  • Principles and practices of data collection and report preparation.
  • Computer applications related to the work, including word processing, web design, database, spreadsheet applications, and financial management systems.
  • Business mathematics and basic statistical techniques.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.

 Ability to:

  • Perform detailed account and financial office support work with accuracy, speed, and under general supervision.
  • Prepare reports through the use of spreadsheets and/or word processing.
  • Utilize the various systems to create customized reports.
  • Review financial documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Provide varied and responsible office administrative work requiring the use of tact and discretion.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain administrative and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Respond to and effectively prioritize multiple phone calls and other requests for service.
  • Compose correspondence and reports independently or from brief instructions.
  • Make accurate mathematical, financial, and statistical computations.
  • Enter and retrieve data from a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform assigned work.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Communicate effectively in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to an Associate degree in accounting, finance, or a related field and two (2) years of responsible experience in financial support role or account record-keeping position.  Experience in a public agency setting is desirable.  Additional education may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.


Salary and Benefit Information

The District's non-sworn employees have a 4/10 work schedule (Monday-Thursday).


CalPERS Retirement for Classic Members hired before January 1, 2013 - 2.7% @ 55

CalPERS Retirement for New Members hired after January 1, 2013 - 2% @ 62

The District does not participate in Social Security.

Residency Stipend:

Employees living within a 30 mile radius of the District Adminstrative Office will receive $250 per month.


Section 125 Café Plan Allocation (District Paid Health Allowance) - Employees receive up to $1,786 to purchase medical insurance. Employees enrolled in a qualified group medical plan mayreceive $1,400 a month in lieu of health coverage.

Medical Plans HMO or PPO plans are provided through CalPERS.

Dental Plan (District Paid) (Self-Insured Reimbursement Plan)

District contribution amount is pro-rated based on employee’s FTE. The District contributes $122 per month, per employee, to the fund.

Post-Employment Health Plan (PEHP) (District Paid)

The District contributes $250 per month to the employee’s PEHP Account.

Paid Holidays

Employees are entitled to 12 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays.

Annual Leave

  • Annual Leave Accruals – The District does not offer a separate sick leave bank, all hours are placed into an annual leave accrual (PTO) bank.
  • Annual Leave accruals are pro-rated based on the employee’s FTE. New employees earn 228 hours annually during the first three years and max out at 348 hours per year.

Life Insurance (District Paid) - Group Life/ADD - $100,000

Employee Assistance Plan (District Paid)

Employees and eligible dependents are covered by an EAP (external) for confidential/crisis help and intervention. Administered through Sutter Health & Mills-Peninsula Health Services

Optional Benefits

  • Deferred Compensation Plans (Employee Paid) – The District offers a variety of 457 Deferred Compensation plans.
  • The District offers pre-tax Flexible Spending accounts for dependent care, health care, and commuter benefits.

Special Instructions


Apply online at, Member Organization: Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Applicants with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advice the Human Resources Manager upon submittal of application.


All applications will be reviewed for neatness, accuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job-related qualifications. The most appropriately qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the testing process, which may consist of a skills assessment and oral board interview.  The specifics of the testing process will be communicated to those qualifying applicants.  The results of the oral board interview will determine the applicant’s standing on the eligibility list.

The Fire Chief will make the final appointment.  The Immigration Act of 1986 requires proof of identity and eligibility for employment at date of hire. Prior to appointment, candidates will be require to pass a background check at no cost to the candidate.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!

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