About the Department
The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. ESD is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 550 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships. For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Position and Duties
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.
The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Accountant I/II classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.
Annual Salary Ranges
Accountant I: $70,491.20 - $85,716.80
Accountant II: $76,939.20 - $93,496.00
Municipal Employees’ Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local 101 represents this position. Click here to view contract information.
The City of San José, Environmental Services Department is recruiting for an Accountant I/II for the Administrative Services Fiscal Unit. This position will support the Fiscal Unit at the San José‐Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility and at San Jose City Hall. Duties for this position include setting up and maintaining a GL Structure, providing accounting support for financial reporting and tracking for multiple agency debt participation, analyzing and processing fixed asset transactions into the asset management system, into the accounts payable system, and other accounting systems.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Collects, analyzes, interprets, and documents fiscal and operating data, and prepares or assists in the preparation of financial statements and reports.
• Reviews records of accounts receivable, accounts payable, expenditures, and income; checks whether expenditures have been made according to contractual requirements and authorized procedures.
• Reviews and journalizes transactions for proper classification.
• Interprets ordinances to determine change in the annual appropriation, including setting up new accounts for various departments; journalizes.
• Assists with verifying all investments, and checks for proper booking of investment transactions, including accrued interest.
• Maintains the computerized general accounting system master files.
• Develops or revises procedures for handling financial transactions based on legal requirements.
• Handles stop notices on construction contracts; makes required journal entries to transfer monies to depositor fund; adjusts for expenditure encumbrances.
• Compiles documents and records to be used by attorney according to request.
• Performs special duties as assigned.
• May supervise accounting clerical staff.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.
1. Please select the statement that best describes how you meet the minimum requirements for the Accountant position.
1. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, or closely related field and have completed twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects.
2. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, or closely related field and have completed eighteen (18) semester units in accounting subjects.
3. I have completed at least twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects and have 4 years of experience in the maintenance of financial records, systems or transactions to qualify under the Acceptable Substitution.
4. None of the above
2. Please specify your field of study, the name of university and list the 12 to 18 semester units of accounting coursework completed. (Candidates moving forward to the interview will be asked to submit transcripts to verify the accounting units).
3. If you do not have a Bachelor’s Degree, please provide job details and number of years of experience in the maintenance of financial records, systems or transactions. (Include dates of employment, employer(s) name, working title, primary duties)
4. Please describe your knowledge and experience specifically as it relates to preparing and reviewing financial statements. If no experience, write N/A.
5. Please describe your experience performing operational or financial audits. Provide details of the scope of the audits and your role in performing these audits. If no experience, write N/A.
6. Please describe your experience with financial management systems of the following: Oracle, PeopleSoft, and any additional relevant systems. If no experience, write N/A.
7. Please describe in detail your experience with governmental and/or industry accounting and budgeting processes. If no experience, write N/A.
8. Please describe in detail your level of experience in interpreting, implementing, and/or enforcing GASB pronouncements. If no experience, write N/A.
9. Select your experience with Outlook.
4. None of the above
10. Select your experience with MS Access.
4. None of the above
11. Select your experience with PowerPoint.
4. None of the above
12. Select your experience with MS Word.
4. None of the above
13. Select your experience with MS Excel.
4. None of the above
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Annie Vuong at Annie.Vuong@sanjoseca.gov.
* Benefits page
* Department website
* California Equal Pay Act
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.
The application deadline is 11:59 PM on August 2, 2021. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or Human.Resources@sanjoseca.gov if you have any questions.
Education: Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting or related field, which must include twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects.
Experience: No minimum experience required.
Acceptable Substitution: Experience in the maintenance of financial records, systems or transactions may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. There will be no substitution for the twelve (12) semester units in accounting subjects.
Education: Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting or related field, which must include eighteen (18) semester units in accounting subjects
Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible accounting or auditing experience.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
• Demonstrates knowledge and use of applicable federal and state rules and regulations.
• Ability to apply technical and procedural know‐how to get the job done.
• Knowledge of GASB principals
• Experience with accounting software such as FMS.
Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).
Fiscal Management - Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements.
• Develops program and resource plans and budgets for projects, or units.
• Monitors expenditures and resources to ensure spending is within allotments, or makes appropriate modifications.
• Complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements, to preclude fraud or mismanagement of government resources.
• Monitors and verifies ongoing cost effectiveness.
Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.