City of Carson-Accountant 1

5/4/2022 12:12:31 PM 298


$5,284.00 - $6,744.00 Monthly



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5/18/2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana


The City of Carson is seeking eligible candidates for the position of Accountant I.  The current vacancy's primary role focuses on special/restricted funds, including Reclamation Authority and Successor Agency. The ideal candidate must possess superb spreadsheets skills, with ability to multi-task and provide excellent customer service to both internal and external clients.  In addition, the ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently (with limited supervision), take initiative and be proactive in addressing the changing needs within the work environment.


There is one current full-time vacancy, with a 4/10 work schedule (Monday to Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with one hour unpaid meal/lunch break). The resultant eligibility list will be good for an entire year, and may be used to fill other vacancies within the same classification.


Under supervision of the Accounting Manager, will perform specialized entry level professional accounting work.


(These functions are representative and may not be present in all positions in the class. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind related duties and work assignments.)
  • Maintains and reconciles a variety of ledgers, budget control accounts, and accounting records.
  • Compiles data for special and regular financial statements and reports.
  • Makes and reviews journal entries regarding accounts receivable, expenditures and income.
  • Reviews expenditures for conformance with authorized financial procedures.
  • Assists in auditing accounting records.
  • Prepares initial reports for county, state and federal agencies.
  • Maintain banking and cash balance records.
  • Codes vouchers and cashier receipts.
  • Process cash receipts and assist customers as needed.
  • Provides information to staff regarding accounts and records.
  • Assists in taking annual physical inventory of specified properties.
  • Assists in preparation of special project budgets.
  • Assists in processing and issuing bonds.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a recognized college or university equivalent to a baccalaureate degree or higher in accounting or finance.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of accounting including debit, credit, journal entries and audit.
  • Office practices, procedures and machines.

 Skill and Ability to:

  • Use state and federal laws relating to financial accounting.
  • Operate a computer terminal and related software.
  • Apply and adapt established methods to a variety of accounting transactions and problems.
  • Prepare accurate financial statements and special reports.
  • Perform mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Experience interacting with the public and an ability to handle irate customers.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Positions in this class normally:
  • Require vision (which may be corrected) to read small print.
  • Require mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects.  Lower body mobility may not be required.
  • Perform work which is primarily sedentary.
  • Is subject to inside environmental conditions.
Applications will be screened and evaluated for relevant training and experience.  Applications must be complete, and include any and all required documents. Only those applicants determined to be among the most qualified may be invited to participate in the selection process which will consist of the following sections:
  • Supplemental Questionnaire, no weight 
  • Written exam, weighted 30%
  • Performance exam, weighted 30% 
  • Oral exam, weighted at 40%
The Human Resources Department reserves the right to adjust, modify, delete and/or change the above exam types and/or weights.

Supplemental questionnaires are used to evaluate applicant’s indicated abilities with the ideal candidate profile. Applicants must achieve a cut-off score of 70% or above on the written, performance and oral examination to be placed on the eligibility list. Passing the written, performance and oral examination does not guarantee an invitation to the selection interview. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to invite those amongst the highest scoring to the next phase of the recruitment.

Revisions to a testing component during a recruitment process can be made at the discretion of the Human Resources Department.  Applicants will be notified by email if a revision is made. An eligibility list will be established in accordance with the City's Personnel Rules, Rule VI, Employment List Procedures.

City of Carson
(310) 952-1736
701 E. Carson Street

Carson, California, 90745