1654 Accountant III - 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: 
$44.94 - $54.61/hour; $7,789.00 - $9,466.00/month; $93,470.00 - $113,594.00/year

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

Duration of Position: 


Position Description: 

Position Description
Under general direction, this class performs complex accounting duties including but not limited to:

  • Performs complex accounting functions in connection with budget preparation, purchasing activities, payroll analysis and grants management.
  • Processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established procedures and controls.
  • Reviews, prepares, reconciles and supervises the preparation of complex financial reports.
  • Reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of receipts, disbursements and encumbrances to ensure fiscal accuracy and control.
  • May supervise subordinate staff by delegating, planning, directing and assigning accounting work. Includes training, coaching, and evaluating staff performance.
  • Performs fiscal year-end closing activities.
  • Analyzes, recommends new or updated fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls and re-aligns business practices to improve operations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and standards.  
  • Presents and explains reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients.
  • May coordinate, define, develop and maintain financial data extracts, reports and interfaces.
  • Participates in the identification of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-users testing and documentation, implementation support for financial processing and reporting systems.
  • Participates in 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.
Required Qualifications: 

Education and Experience:

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field. Such education must include eighteen(18) semester units or  twenty-four ( 24) quarter units of coursework in accounting. AND (4) years of professional accounting which includes analysis or problem  solving. Experience must include: Working with an automated financial system, (preferably a government system) performing difficult and responsible accounting, as well as preparing financial records and reports. OR

2. City and County of San Francisco Employees with four (4) years of professional accounting experience including experience as a 1652 Accountant II.



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.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

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 March 21, 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. And for more information about this job posting or to apply from the website please visit City & County of San Francisco, Department of Human Resources- 1654 Accountant III - Citywide Examiniation

  • 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


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 50%):

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:  Comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); comprehensive knowledge of Government Accounting; Analytical and Decision-Making 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. 

Oral/Performance Examination (Weight 50%):
Candidates who achieve a passing score on the written examination will be invited to participate in a Oral/Performance Examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas including: Skilled in the use of personal computers; Interpersonal Skills; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing; Oral communication Skills; Analytical and Decision Making Ability.   


Total weight for both Written 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 March 2020

Tentative Oral/Performance Examination Administration Dates: Late April 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 1654-PBT-Transcript in subject line of email - (DO NOT email more than one copy), OR MAIL to address below:   

Att: 1654 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 Department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

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