1657 Accountant IV - Citywide Examination

Business Name: 
City & County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources
Type of Position: 
Full-Time Job
Grade Level: 
San Francisco
Days/Hours per Week: 
Monday- Friday
Pay Range: 
$52.53 - $63.84/hour; $9,104.00 - $11,065.00/month; $109,252.00 - $132,782.00/year


City employees get many great benefits, including healthcare, paid leave, and pension. This page gives you a general summary of benefits—it doesn't cover specific details. The exact benefits you get depends on:

Health Benefits

The San Francisco Health Service System administers employee health benefits.

Even if you're a temporary employee you get health benefits, including dental and vision, if you regularly work at least 20 hours per week, and it's likely you'll work 1,040 or more hours (six months) within your first year .

Click into the links below for more details on what the City pays and what you pay:

Paid Leaves

Full-time employees earn the following paid time off. Information on additional paid leave can be found in the Employee Handbook .

  • Vacation: 10 days per year (after one year of service); 15 days per year (after five years of service); 20 days per year (after 15 years of service)
  • Sick Leave : 13 days per year
  • Legal Holidays: 11 days per year
  • Floating Holidays: 4 to 5 days per year, depending on the collective bargaining agreement

Benefit Contributions

Federal, state and local laws require you to share the cost of some benefits:

  • 2.0% of your salary to the City's Retiree Health Care Trust Fund
  • 7.5% - 11.5% of your salary (for FY19-20) as an employee retirement contribution . This amount can go up or down each year, depending on how much the City is paying. This retirement contribution became law after Proposition C was passed in 2011. Check out the voter pamphlet if you want to know more. It's important to remember that you don't lose this money. If you leave the City before you are eligible for retirement you get it back on your way out.
  • 7.65% of your salary for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA): 6.2% goes to Social Security and 1.45% goes to Medicare


The City and County of San Francisco offers a comprehensive benefit program to its Managers. Learn more about the Benefits for Managers.


Health Benefits

The San Francisco Health Service System administers retiree health benefits.

If you have more than five years of service when you retire you can receive health benefits. How much the City contributes depends on how long you work for the City.

  • 20 or more years of service = 100%
  • 15 or more years = 75%
  • 10 or more years = 50%
  • 5 or more years = access to coverage, but the City doesn't contribute

Click into the links below for more details on what the City pays and what you pay:

Pension Benefits

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System administers employee pension benefits.

Most employees are eligible for a pension of 2.3% @ age 65, based on their highest three year average salary.

Additionally, most employees are enrolled in Social Security.

Duration of Position: 


Position Description: 

This is a Citywide Examination under Class Based Testing (CBT).  The eligible list resulting from this Citywide Examination will be utilized to fill current and future vacancies in job class 1657 Accountant IV for City & County of San Francisco Departments.


Position Description

  • Under minimal direction, this class performs highly complex accounting duties including but not limited to:
  • Performs highly complex accounting functions consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Supervises, plans, directs and coordinates workload and assignments for professional accounting, administrative and clerical staff. Assigns, manages, and evaluates fiscal accounting work including budget preparation, purchasing activities, payroll and general ledger analyses, accounts receivables, payables, grants, bonds, revenue, cost allocation, capital assets, expenditures, and other accounting activities.
  • Researches, analyzes and implements accounting rules and regulations as stipulated by Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) or other regulatory agencies.
  • Plans, directs and performs analysis and reconciliation of fiscal and accounting records and reports from automated financial information systems. Reviews transactions to conform with existing fiscal and legal requirements.
  • Supervises staff in reviewing financial documents, accounting reports of receipts, disbursements and encumbrances affecting various funds and accounts to ensure conformance with budget and fiscal procedures, existing laws, ordinance and other fiscal requirements.
  • Coordinates annual audits and investigations of City departments, concessionaries and public service enterprises to ensure conformance with accounting procedures, forms, lease and insurance requirements.  May perform ad hoc audits as needed.
  • Analyzes and interprets complex accounting procedures, prepares recommendations for their revision, participates in development and installation of accounting and fiscal procedures and methods.
  • May lead in or participate in the identification or preparation of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-user testing training and documentation, and related procedures and policies for financial processing and reporting systems.  May act as liaison between accounting staff, financial staff, and information systems staff.
  • Develops ad hoc reports by direct access or through extracted data using various data files or databases.  Presents and explains reports orally and in writing to management, accounting staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Plans and conducts meetings related to accounting issues, professional skills, and informational issues; assists in problem solving.
  • Evaluates staff performance by setting goals, objectives while providing feedback.  Identifies staff needs and recommends or provides appropriate training for professional growth and career development.
  • Initiates and maintains contact with key departmental staff and other parties in order to keep abreast of complex accounting and financial information.
  • Supervises the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

For more information about this position or to apply online, please visit City & County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources: 1657 Accountant IV - Citywide Examination

Required Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience:

1.    Requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field. Such education must include at least  eighteen (18) semester units or  twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in accounting; AND

Six (6) years of professional accounting experience which includes analysis or problem solving.  Experience must include: Working with automated financial system (preferably a government system), performing difficult and responsible accounting and reporting work, preparing financial records, reports, and financial statements, in compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff. OR

2. City and County of San Francisco Employees with six (6) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accounting II or 1654 Accountant III.  Experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience supervising subordinate staff.



A Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, public policy, or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of work experience.

How to Apply: 

How To Apply

1/23/2020: Please note that the filing deadline for this recruitment has been extended to accept additional applications and will close on January 31, 2020 5:00pm PST. 

1/23/2020: Written Examination Date is confirmed for February 29, 2020

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

· Select the desired job announcement

· Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

· Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

· Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Karena Phung, by telephone at (415) 554-5246, or by email at Karena.Phung@sfgov.org

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying): 

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications or this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Written Multiple-Choice Examination (Weight 40%):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written multiple-choice examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job- related areas including:  Extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Extensive knowledge of Government Accounting; Analytical and decision-making ability; Supervisory ability; and Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. 

Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact time, date and location of the examination.  Requests for an alternative test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in the announcement within five (5) calendar days of the test date. Candidates must pass the written exam in order to move forward in the examination process. 


Supervisory Test Battery: (Weight: 25%)

Candidates who pass the written multiple-choice exam will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication & Conflict Management. For more information about this Supervisory Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=325

A passing score must be achieved on the Supervisory Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.


This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review. Scores attained on the Supervisory Test Battery will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Supervisory Test Battery.

The Supervisory Test Battery may be used for many other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Supervisory Test Battery, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement, However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Supervisory Test Battery. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Supervisory Test Battery is used.


Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.


Oral/Performance Examination (Weight 35%):
Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas including:  Analytical and Decision-Making ability; Interpersonal skills; Skilled in the use of financial systems; Skilled in the use of personal computers; Ability to communicate in writing clearly and effectively; Oral communication skills. 


Total weight for Written, Supervisory Test Battery and Oral/Performance components: 100%         

Candidates must achieve passing scores on all selection procedures in order to be ranked on the eligible list. 

Tentative Written Examination Administration Dates: Late February 
Tentative Oral/Performance Examination Dates: Late March 2020


Verification of Education and Experience:

All applicants, including City employees, must provide written verification of qualifying education needed to meet the minimum qualifications.  Copies of transcripts must be submitted to verify college education.  Incumbency in a class with the same education requirements may be reason to waive this requirement for current city employees. Verification of qualifying experience may be required.  If requested, verification must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative on the employer’s business letterhead, and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, and description of job duties performed. City and County employees shall receive credit only for the duties of the class to which appointed or assigned unless sufficient and credible documentation is provided to verify performance of other duties.  Employees may receive credit for duties not usually performed by incumbents in a class if their employee file contains contemporaneous documentation that the duties were assigned and performed.  By way of example but not limitation, records that describe and verify the out-of-class assignment that may be accepted as documentation include a valid performance appraisal completed during the normal evaluation period, payroll records filed at the time of the assignment and Notice of Assignment.  Credit for duties not usually performed by incumbents in a class based on non-contemporaneous documentation shall require the certification of the Appointing Officer and the approval of the Human Resources Director.  Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. 

You will be able to upload transcripts showing all qualifying courses/degree and Verification of qualifying experience to the online application (preferred) or you send via email to Karena.Phung@sfgov.org


Include PBT-1657-Transcript in subject line of email - (DO NOT email more than one copy), OR MAIL to address below:   

Att: 1657 CBT-KP
City Hall, Room 482
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Notes regarding Verification of Education and Experience:

1. A degree from a U.S. or foreign college or university not currently listed on accreditation websites may require that an evaluation of the degree must be received before placement on the eligible list.  The evaluation must state that the degree has equivalency as described in the minimum qualifications.
For information on "How to obtain equivalency certification", please visit: http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

 2. Experience must be professional in level and scope.  Experience as an Account Clerk, Sr. Account Clerk, Principal Account Clerk, for example, may not qualify unless it meets the guidelines defined in Civil Service Rule 109 and 110.

 3. Incumbency in Class 1652 Accountant II or admission to a previous examination administration does not guarantee admission in this process.  This determination is governed by the terms of this announcement.


Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.


The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.


Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

Certification Rule:  The certification rule will be Rule of Ten Scores. The Controller's Office may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.


Application Deadline: 
1/31/2020, 5:00:00 PM PST.