Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Account Clerk II

Recruitment #13-1310-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.


The following department currently has immediate vacancies in this position. However, the eligible list established from this recruitment may be used by any County department or agency needing to fill a vacancy.



The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Prison Health Services, has dual accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the California Medical Association (CMA).  Together these form what is referred to as the "Triple Crown" of accreditation (ACA, NCCHC/CMA and CALEA) awarded by the National Sheriff's Association.  Additionally, the Sheriff's Office Crime Lab is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).  The Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has also been awarded national accreditation through the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board.

The Sheriff's Office has a current adjusted net budget of approximately $185.7 million and has over 1500 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriff's Brett Keteles and Casey Nice.

The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

  • Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
  • Operating the Coroner's Bureau
  • Operating a full service criminalistics laboratory
  • Performing Civil Process
  • Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
  • Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
  • Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Peralta
  • Community College District, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, Oakland International Airport,
  • Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements.
  • Providing Fish and Game enforcement
  • Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
  • Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
  • Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.

For additional information, you may visit the Sheriff's Office website at:



Under general supervision the successful candidate will perform complex accounting clerical work in connection with maintaining or reviewing financial records, and will do related work as required.

Positions allocated to this class are distinguished from those allocated to the class of Account Clerk I by performing, on a regular basis, one of the following kinds of assignments:

1. Independent responsibility for maintaining audit of departmental control accounts for large accounting systems.

2. Functional supervision or review of account record keeping done by positions in the class of Account Clerk I.
3. Preparation of reports of fund expenditures and balances for accounting systems which are large in terms of both dollar amount and number of transactions.

4. Maintenance of complex account record-keeping systems which have multiple sources of revenue, each source having its own account record keeping requirements.

5. Responsibility for review of records for the purpose of allocating a variety of expenditures to a variety of cost centers.

Please view the full job description for a detailed list of duties: Full Job Description



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Financial record keeping and auditing including preparing financial reports, maintaining journal ledgers, identifying and correcting errors in financial documents.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing; with the ability to effectively communicate with co-workers, customers and various levels of management.
  • Adaptable professional who can easily adjust to changes in work environment, work responsibilities and processes while maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Ability to effectively manage time by appropriately prioritizing work while also accurately completing work tasks and paying close attention to details.
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with others to accomplish work goals and tasks.
  • Proficiency with10-key by touch, MS Excel and the ability to type a minimum of 40 words per minute.


In order to participate in the examination process, applicants must qualify through one of the following patterns:

Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Account Clerk I or in an equivalent or higher level clerical class.


The equivalent of two years of responsible financial record keeping experience. (Completion of a bookkeeping or accounting curriculum in a recognized business or accredited junior college may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.)

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Purposes, methods, practices and terminology of financial record keeping work.
• Modern office methods and equipment.

Ability to:

• Prepare financial reports and maintain ledger for journal.
• Identify and correct errors in a variety of mathematical calculations in financial documents.
• Work independently in the absence of specific instructions.
• Operate standard office machines.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public.


A. For positions requiring the ability to operate a l0-key by touch.

B. For positions requiring the ability to type at a speed of not less than 40 words per minute from clear copy.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  • A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements.
  • Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move onto the next step in the examination process which is a written exam.
  • Those candidates that pass the written exam will be invited to a performance exam.
  • Those candidates that pass the performance exam will move onto the next step in the examination process which is an oral interview that will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Written Examination:

Performance Examination:

Interview Exam:

Departmental Interview: 


*Type of Exam: New Open Assembled Exam


5:00 pm, Monday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Scheduled for the week of January 27, 2014

Scheduled for the week of February 18, 2014

To be determined

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

Michi Yoshii,  Human Resources Analyst I

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6463