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Revenue Accounting Manager

County of Sonoma
SANTA ROSA, CA Full time
Posted on April 29, 2018

Salary: $98,658.17 - $119,925.92 Annually


Closing 5/24/2018 11:59PM

Department: Auditor – Controller – Treasurer – Tax Collector Department

Position Information

The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector seeks a highly skilled professional to become their Revenue Accounting Manager.

In addition to starting salary up to $57.46/hour* ($119,925/year), we offer an additional hourly cash allowance of approximately $600/month and a generous benefits package, including wellness and professional development funds.

When you join the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office as their Revenue Accounting Manager you will become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you will gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits* including:

  • A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month for full-time positions
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 11 holidays per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • Defined retirement benefit plan fully integrated with Social Security
  • County contribution to a Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangement
  • 401(a) - 3% of Base Salary County Contribution
  • Eligibility for a 5% salary increase after 1040 hours (approximately 6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a 5% salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Multiple years of tax and property tax collection experience, requiring extensive knowledge of relevant California State Codes
  • Strong leadership skills that positively promote effective communication with staff and a collaborative work environment
  • Exemplary customer service skills with the ability to handle difficult and demanding public inquiries
  • Solid research and analytical abilities with expertise reviewing, interpreting, applying, and implementing regulations
  • A commitment to improving organizational effectiveness, and the implementation of ongoing quality improvement initiatives
  • A valid Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) certification is highly desired
As the Revenue Accounting Manager you will:
  • Exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in the prioritization and coordination of department mandates, goals, and objectives
  • Supervise a team of professional and technical staff
  • Interpret California Revenue and Taxation Code, California Government Code and local ordinances for staff and the general public
  • Collect property taxes, transient occupancy taxes, and other revenues for the County and other taxing agencies within the County
  • Maintain secured and unsecured tax rolls, and the operation of redemption activity
  • Oversee the preparation and publication of delinquent tax lists, and actions to deed delinquent tax property to the State
When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. The Civil Service title for this position is Accounting Manager, Auditor-Controller.

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. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.



Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of training and education which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.  Normally, either possession of a college degree in accounting, finance or business administration, with at least 21 semester units or 28 quarter units of Accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing and Business Law or possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate would provide such opportunity. 
Experience: Any combination of work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of increasingly responsible professional level experience in governmental accounting, with at least one year at a supervisory level, would provide such opportunity.

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: the principles, theories, practices and procedures used in governmental accounting, auditing, cost and budget systems; the laws, ordinances and regulations influencing County and District fiscal operations. 
Considerable knowledge of:
 modern management theories and practices. 
Working knowledge of: electronic data processing equipment and use of accounting methods and procedures associated with the use of such equipment. 
Ability to: interpret complex laws, mandates and regulations and apply them to a variety of accounting and audit systems; plan, organize, direct and manage the work of the Department's Accounting Division or Department/Entity Accounting Division; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; evaluate, develop and install complex accounting systems and procedures; establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with Departmental staff, other County staff, staff of other governmental agencies and the general public; prepare comprehensive, clear and concise accounting, statistical, cost and administrative reports; present accounting and fiscal programs to a variety of groups and individuals.

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 and should 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.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. 


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.