Accounting Technician

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on January 20, 2023
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Starting salary up to $31.49/hour ($65,723/annually), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a generous benefits package, including wellness and professional development funds.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

Join Our Team

At the County of Sonoma, Accounting Technicians perform complex technical accounting which may include reviewing, processing, and recording financial, statistical, and/or fiscal records. They work independently and diligently to solve complicated transactions and accounting problems. In cooperation with internal department personnel and other department representatives, Accounting Technicians coordinate, evaluate, modify, and/or integrate the records for which they are responsible. They may also assist in the selection of, train, supervise, and evaluate other account clerks.

Accounting Technician Positions:

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is currently recruiting to fill two full-time Accounting Technician positions. These positions will assist with drafting, preparing, and controlling various budgets, and will work with different project teams within the agency to meet various reporting deadlines, application deadlines, and internal budget deadlines.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently recruiting to fill one full time Accounting Technician position. The Accounting Technician will primarily focus on grant reporting, grant invoicing, revenue tracking, supporting Accountant II’s in quarterly reporting, and supporting labor tracking.

The Human Services Department (HSD) is currently recruiting to fill one full-time Accounting Technician position. The Accounting Technician will primarily focus on processing and submitting monthly Assistance Claim Expenditures for various welfare programs and processing and submitting statistical reports to the state.

The ideal candidate(s) will be detail oriented with excellent customer service skills and possess the ability to:

  • Interpret and review contracts, reports, forms, and other accounting documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance to contract provisions, existing standards, and applicable rules and regulations
  • Maintain cost accounting records by computing, allocating, and posting costs to various accounts
  • Analyze financial records and process transactions with minimal supervision within established guidelines.
  • Gather, analyze, interpret and organize data, financial reports, and tables
  • Utilize Excel and Enterprise Financial System (EFS) business technology with efficiency to work with large amounts of data, and to create complex reports

This recruitment is being conducted to fill full-time Accounting Technician positions in the Department of Health Services (DHS), The Human Services Department (HSD), and at the County of Sonoma Water Agency (Sonoma Water), which is a special district that is not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.  

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. The benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include completion of a two year course of study in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field, and two years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems;


Completion of at least six semester or eight quarter units in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field; and four years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Thorough knowledge of: methods, practices, and terminology used in financial and statistical clerical work, including considerable knowledge of cost, basic accounting, and budgetary accounting principles; double entry bookkeeping; government and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures in order to satisfactorily perform assigned account or statistical record keeping functions, resolve related problems, or assess acceptability of work performance and procedures; department services, organization, and functions to proficiently plan, prioritize, coordinate, implement, direct, review, evaluate, and perform work assigned to a clerical accounting section.

Working knowledge of: principles and techniques of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; intermediate mathematics to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, percentages, decimals, and derivatives in order to count, calculate, balance, check, and adjust fiscal and/or statistical data; modern office methods and procedures; database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.

Ability to: understand, coordinate, maintain, and monitor an entire accounting system; exercise judgment and technical accounting skill in performing assigned duties independently; establish, evaluate, and modify clerical accounting systems, procedures, records, and forms; review, code, post, adjust, and summarize fiscal transactions or statistical data; maintain and reconcile control records; prepare financial and statistical reports, statements, charts, and graphs; review, analyze, and evaluate data and reports for accuracy and conformance to standards and procedures; train and supervise others; plan, schedule, and assign work; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, coworkers, and administrative and professional personnel; read and interpret laws pertaining to departmental accounting practices and procedures; use and understand common database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications; operate office equipment such as adding machines, calculators, and computers in order to post, balance, summarize, and adjust data.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.