Accountant III - Controller's Officer (1654)

The City and County of San Francisco

Company Description

The Controller is the City’s chief financial officer. Our team includes financial, technology, analytical and other professionals who work hard to secure the City’s financial integrity and promote efficient, effective and accountable government. We hold ourselves to high standards and strive to be a model for good government. We value the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences of our teams and clients in everything we do. We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment, promote equal opportunity, and invest in the professional development and wellbeing of our team members. You can expect to work alongside colleagues who are committed to serving the public with integrity and want to see positive impacts from their work. We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who want to make a difference and use government to play a role in solving our City’s problems, including addressing long-standing and harmful disparities in our communities. For a career with purpose and professional growth, join us in the Controller’s Office.

This 1654 Accountant III position works on the accounting activities in the Controller’s Accounting Operations and Supplier Division (AOSD). The 1654 may also support Citywide accounting operations and financial analysis as part of the Controller’s Financial & Accounting Support Team (FAST).

AOSD’s primary mission is to control the financial activities of the City. The division certifies contracts, pays vendors, approves personnel requisitions and reviews, monitors, controls, and projects departmental expenditures on a continuous basis to assess overall fiscal condition. The division assists departments to achieve fiscal compliance, accuracy, timeliness and meaningfulness for the resulting financial information. The division is also responsible for the producing the City's annual audited financial statements including the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), the Single Audit Report, and other reports required by federal, state, and local regulations, as well as the Countywide Cost Allocation Plan (COWCAP). Other functions include developing and maintaining citywide financial systems, system policies, procedures, training, security, and documentation.

  • Application Opening: January 11, 2023
  • Application Filing Deadline: Continuous 
  • Annual Salary: $115,934 to $140,894 Annually

Job Description

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

  1. Performs complex accounting functions in connection with budget preparation, purchasing activities, payroll analysis and grants management.
  2. Processes and pre-audits accounting documents and transactions in conformance with established procedures and controls.
  3. Reviews, prepares, reconciles and supervises the preparation of complex financial reports.
  4. Reviews, reconciles and audits accounting records of receipts, disbursements and encumbrances to ensure fiscal accuracy and control.
  5. May supervise subordinate staff by delegating, planning, directing and assigning accounting work. Includes training, coaching, and evaluating staff performance.
  6. Performs fiscal year-end closing activities.
  7. Analyzes, recommends new or updated fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls and re-aligns business practices to improve operations.
  8. Maintains current knowledge of applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and standards. 
  9. Presents and explains reports to financial and non-financial managers, co-workers, and clients.
  10. May coordinate, define, develop and maintain financial data extracts, reports and interfaces.
  11. Participates in the identification of functional processing and reporting requirements, end-users testing and documentation, implementation support for financial processing and reporting systems.
  12. Participates in the identification, creation and maintenance of accounting codes and structures to ensure accurate recording, reporting and control in financial systems.
  13. Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.


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.

Additional Information


Please include the following items with your online application: 

  1. All University transcripts with University Letterhead in PDF format. NOTE: Verification of qualifications will be collected prior to appointment for all finalists. Verification of education in the form of a college transcript must be submitted with the application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but must contain the college letterhead. Please include all transcripts from the colleges you have attended (i.e. junior colleges and universities). Copies of diploma(s) will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. Course descriptions may be requested. Applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign college or university will be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Equivalency certifications and all transcripts must be submitted upon completion of the Written Examination in order to move forward in the process. You will be able to upload transcripts to the online application OR email to and include TEX-1654 in subject line of email - (DO NOT email more than one copy)
  2. Updated Resume

Selection Procedures 

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in one or more interviews at the Controller’s Office.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

  • Information About The Hiring Process
  • Conviction History
  • Employee Benefits Overview 
  • Equal Employment Opportunity 
  • Disaster Service Worker
  • ADA Accommodation
  • Veterans Preference
  • Right to Work
  • Copies of Application Documents
  • Diversity Statement

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst at

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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