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Recruitment #17-UF7-01


THE JOB: Under general supervision, performs professional financial, accounting and auditing duties for Auditor-Controller-Tax Collector programs; performs related duties as required. Significant duties will include: advanced financial, accounting and auditing assignments; mentoring and evaluating the work of others. The current vacancy is located in the Audit and Systems Division within the Auditor-Controller-Tax Collector Office.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in either Business Administration, Finance, Financial Management, Auditing, Accounting or related field and three years of professional experience with increasing responsibility performing accounting and auditing functions. Course work must include at least 18 semester or 24 quarter units in upper division courses in accounting, auditing or finance.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess and maintain a valid Class C California Driver License during the course of employment or provide a transportation alternative that is acceptable to the Auditor/Controller. Positions in this class require a 12-month probationary period. Certification: any of the following certifications, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Public Finance Officer and/or Certified Management Accountant are desirable. Physically and mentally able to perform the classifications essential functions as summarized under the typical tasks of the job specifications.

KNOWLEDGE: Working knowledge of all the knowledge required for the Associate Accountant-Auditor, Auditor III and IV, Accountant III or equivalent accounting or auditing position in addition to those of Accountant-Auditor, plus one year experience.

ABILITY TO: Interpret and apply legal and procedural requirements; interpret and apply professional accounting and auditing principles and standards; analyze fiscal data and operating procedures of routine complexity and make projections and recommendations; perform mathematical calculations; understand electronic and manual accounting systems; document processes and prepare flow charts; explain County financial processes and systems to others; train others in generally accepted governmental accounting principles and standards, procedures, rules and regulations; apply accounting and/or auditing principles and practices of government accounting; apply principles of management theory; prepare financial reports, or sections thereof; understand and analyze expen-diture reports; gather information/data; prepare concise and logical working papers in accordance with office standards; exercise good judgment; effectively use personal computer in carrying out assignments; prioritize work assignments; identify problems, determine potential impact and identify possible causes; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; establish and maintain working relationships with vendors, County staff, management, state employees, and the general public; maintain impartiality and objectivity; maintain confidentiality of information; understand and apply principles of supervision, including selection, training, evaluation, and discipline.


VACATION – 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS – 12.5 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE – Six days per year; after 6 months.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with PERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN – Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDANT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
FLEXIBLE HEALTH ALLOWANCE (FHA) – A portion of the County’s contribution to employee health insurance that allows employees to have health plan purchase options. Employees who are enrolled in a County medical plan can participate in this program.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
AUTOMATIC CHECK DEPOSIT – Required for all employees in this bargaining unit.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.  Following a review for minimum qualifications, applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified that they must submit a completed conviction history questionnaire in order to continue to the examination phase of the process.


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.