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Accounting Unit Manager

(Finance Services Supervisor)

Recruitment #0381-13-02

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The Marin County Human Resources Department and the Marin County Department of Finance are announcing a recruitment for the position of Accounting Unit Manager (Finance Services Supervisor).


CURRENT VACANCY: There is one (1) full-time vacancy to oversee the financial reporting and accounting functions of the Accounting Team. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies that may occur while the list remains active. Eligible lists remain active for a minimum of six (6) months. For future ooprtunities, please indicate your interest in part-time, full-time and/or extra hire employment on your application.

Position Information

Under the general direction of the Finance Division Chief, the Accounting Unit Manager oversees the financial reporting and accounting functions of the County of Marin's central Accounting Team, including lead responsibility for 10 full-time accounting staff. The primary responsibility of the Accounting Unit Manager is interpreting and explaining existing accounting and fiscal policies and procedures, as well as, preparing, reviewing and analyzing complex accounting records and reports. The Accounting Unit Manager establishes financial status by developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information. The Accounting Unit Manager makes decisions based upon a comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Financial Reporting Standards.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Achieves accounting operational objectives by contributing accounting information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; prepares and completes action plans; implements productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolves problems; completes audits; identifies trends; determines system improvements; and implements change.
  • Provides guidance and direction to a team of accounting professionals supporting county departments’ fiscal needs and provides input into performance planning and evaluations of staff.
  • Coordinates and participates in the preparation of major financial reports, including California State Controller’s reports and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • Confirms financial status by monitoring revenue and expenses and coordinating the collection, consolidation, and evaluation of financial data.
  • Designs or approves recommended financial processes, policies, and procedures to improve internal controls and to resolve difficult accounting problems resulting from changes in codes, ordinances and directives.


IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will have proven experience in governmental accounting and financial reporting and drafting financial reports, including basic and fund financial statements and corresponding footnote disclosure. In addition, the ideal candidate has experience working in a fast-paced environment supporting a large client base (both internal and external clients). The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable of GAAP, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and Financial Accounting Standards Board and possess a mastered understanding of both full and modified accrual accounting with the ability to clearly articulate and document appropriate accounting methodologies utilized in accordance with the aforementioned authoritative guidance.


The ideal candidate is organized, dependable, and flexible; customer-focused; a strategic/critical thinker who proactively recommends changes to policies, procedures and technology solutions; and is a proven leader with the ability to motivate staff. In addition, the ideal candidate has both the ability to function well in support of a team and independently seek opportunities for innovation and continuous improvement for the department. Possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate is desirable.


Minimum Qualifications

A seven year combination of relevant coursework and professional experience in a governmental agency. A typical way of achieving these requirements would be graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, economics, business administration, public administration or a field related to the assignment AND three years of increasingly responsible professional experience related to the area of assignment, at least one year of which must have included advanced journey experience.

Testing Schedule

Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination process may consist of a highly qualified review, supplemental application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, or any combination to determine which candidates’ names will be placed on the eligible list. 


NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to apply early. This recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of acceptable applications have been received.