Accountant Auditor III

County of Colusa   Colusa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
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Posted on October 12, 2020


The County of Colusa is recruiting for an Accountant Auditor III position who can skillfully perform difficult and highly complex professional accounting work involving the audit and analysis of financial records and the production of reports and statements; to plan, organize, and manage the property tax section of the Auditor-Controller Office; to perform special district audits and prepare the Annual Reports of Financial Transactions; to plan, organize, direct, and produce the County’s Indirect Cost Allocation Plan; and to perform other work as required. There is one position open in the Auditor-Controller’s Office.

$4,620 — $5,919 per month plus benefits

The hiring salary range indicated above has six steps with approximately 5% between each step. New employees normally start at step one and after satisfactory performance during a 12 month probationary period, advance to the second step. Thereafter, annual merit step increases are based upon satisfactory performance. Steps 7-15 are additional merit steps (eligibility every two years) with approximately 2.5%
between each step.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional financial experience, including two years of supervisory responsibility. Experience in property taxes is preferred but not required
  • Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, business administration or a related field
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel Upon hiring college transcripts verifying degree or equivalency will be required.


Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Evaluate the property tax computer system’s function for accuracy and productivity. Responsible for the day to day management of the property tax section in the Auditor-Controller Office; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the property tax section work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures. Recommend the appointment of personnel and evaluate performance of employees in the property tax section; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Auditor Controller Office. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. Represent the Office to outside agencies, organizations and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary. Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence. Conduct audits, prepare Annual Reports of Financial Transactions, and assist in budget preparation for the County’s Special Districts. Review and analyze accounting and financial documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and make correcting entries; examine supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with contracts and other agreements, policies and appropriate regulations. Maintain a working knowledge of the Revenue and Taxation Code and the Government Code, and analyze new and proposed legislation to determine the impact to the office. Plan, organize, and oversee the Indirect Cost Allocation Plan; prepare all necessary reports and journal entries; perform cost and/or rate studies and analyze cost factors. Conduct a monthly audit of the cash activity of the County Treasurer. Supervise the County’s bank check clearing account functions, including stop payment process on County checks, reconcile the clearing account bank records, purge stale dated checks, and audit of the County’s record keeping. Monitor the preparation of various department State expenditure claims and prepare the records for the resulting financial activity impacting the County. Answer questions and provide information to the public; assist auditors as needed; investigate complaints and implement corrective action as necessary to resolve conflict. Supervise and coordinate the procedures for the purchase of the Tax Revenue Anticipate Note including preparing documentation. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


CalPERS retirement plan, either 3 @ 60 for Classic, or 2 @ 62; deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; paid holiday, vacation and sick leave; paid health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance for employee. If employee elects not to enroll in County insurance and can provide proof of other group health insurance coverage, they may be eligible for a $300 monthly cash in-lieu benefit. This position is part of the Colusa County Employees Association (CCEA), Professional Unit.