City of Carpinteria
  • Carpinteria, CA, USA
  • $70,055.07 - $96,325.16
  • Salary
  • Full Time


Position Purpose:

Under direction, supervises or provides lead direction to assigned staff; leads, oversees and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing complex professional and paraprofessional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports; provides financial management, reporting, budgeting, payroll and accounting services for the City; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibilities; and performs related duties as assigned.

 Essential Functions and Basic Duties:

  •  Oversees, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for performing complex professional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit including the provision of accurate and timely financial reports to City management and to other governmental bodies and the public.
  •  Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including professional accounting methods, procedures, and techniques.
  •  Performs complex and technical accounting work in the maintenance of records of revenues, appropriations, expenditures and special funds; schedules journal vouchers and reconciliations to product accurate periodic reports for assigned funds; makes recommendations and calculates allocation of costs to City departments; analyzes cost data and prepares project accounting reports.
  •  Compiles annual revenue budget for City funds; prepares projections of revenues, budget estimates and supporting schedules; monitors and reports on budget and revenue account status; reviews and processes requests for budget adjustments; answers questions and compiles special reports for departmental use in budget tracking and reporting.
  •   Daily attendance.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.


Other Duties:

  •  Complies annual financial statements, including footnotes regarding accounting standards, supporting schedules and working papers.
  •  Develops, documents and review the City financial procedures and internal controls; ensures operational compliance by all City personnel.
  •  Maintains financial system modules, database files and records; works with vendor software support personnel to resolve problems with software and database files and records.
  •  Participates in preparation of period financial reports to the City Council, City Manager and City departments; conducts special expenditures analyses.
  •  Compiles accounting data for agencies for which the City has fiduciary responsibility; coordinates audits and preparation of financial and accounting reports for such agencies.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) guidelines; reports and recommends changes to City practices and procedures in accordance with regulations and standards.
  •  Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance and applicable standards and specifications; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.




  • BS/BA Degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or Public Administration or related field, including coursework in accounting. MBA/MPA preferred.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's license with good driving record.

Required Knowledge:

  • Solid knowledge base in working with financial systems, governmental finance and budgets.
  • Principles and practices of research and statistical procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of financial computer programming and automated financial systems.
  • Municipal and cost accounting, finance administration, financial management and budget development.
  • Organizational skills as applied to analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs, programs and/or project alternatives.


Experience Required:

  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, preferable in a governmental agency.
  •  Two years of general administrative experience in municipal government with particular emphasis in financial and budgetary analysis.



  • Supervise, organize, and review the work of staff.
  •  Independently perform the most difficult professional accounting functions.
  •  Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures.
  •  Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  •  Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex financial data and operations.
  •  Plan and evaluate financial systems and practices and make sound recommendations for improvement.
  •  Develop and implement financial procedures and controls.
  •  Perform complicated mathematical calculations and analyses.
  •  Work on multiple concurrent projects with strict deadlines and with frequent interruptions
  •  Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive financial statements, reports and written materials.
  •  Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  •  Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  •  Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  •  Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  •  Establish and maintain effective working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.


  • CalPERS Retirement: 2% @ 55 for Classic CalPERS participants (employee cost share is 8%) and 2% @ 62 for new CalPERS participants (employee cost share is 6.5%). The City does not participate in Social Security.  
  •  Health Insurance: City provides the majority of health insurance annual premium under the CalPERS for eligible employees or retiree. Employee monthly contribution on health insurance premium in an amount equal to .029% of their annual salary times 1.05.
  •  Dental Insurance: City provides a dental plan with Met Life Insurance with 100% of the premium paid by the City for employees and their dependents.
  •  Flexible Benefit Program Wellness Allowance: An allowance of $1,185 per calendar year is provided by the City.  This allowance will increase by 2% every year for the next 3 years.  The plan is administered by Wage Works which provides funds for unreimbursed medical expenses, dependent care or employees can purchase a variety of optional and supplemental benefits that complement the medical and dental plans.
  •  Leave Accrual: Annual leave is accrued based on years of service. In place of separate leave accrual for vacation, sick leave, floating holidays, and administrative leave, each employee is granted an all-inclusive comprehensive leave bank that includes all leave benefits. Employees have the option to cash out up to 80 hours of unused leave annually.
  •  Holidays: City observes 12 paid legal holidays each year.
  •  Flexible Schedule: City employees have the option of flexible scheduling which allows them to work a 9/80 schedule with a designated Monday or Friday off in each two-week work period subject to the needs of the department as determined by the City Manager.
  •  Deferred Compensation Program: available
  •  Life Insurance: The City maintains a Group Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance policy through Lincoln Life Insurance for employees. Management employees are eligible for a $100,000 policy. Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance coverage is available for employees and dependents through Lincoln Life at their own expense.
  •  Short and Long-term Disability Insurance: City provides Group Short and Long-term disability insurance plan for eligible full-time employees through Lincoln Life Insurance.
  •  Special Pay: Employees classified as Management are eligible for a special pay benefit that provides for reimbursement of an amount equal to the payroll deduction of employee-paid contributions to SDI and the amount equal to the employee contribution of 1.45% of gross wages for coverage under the Medicare portion only of the federally administered Social Security Program.
  •  Additional Benefits Include: Employee Assistance Program, Fitness Program, voluntary vision insurance, accident, cancer, and critical illness voluntary coverage through AFLAC and Transamerica, plus other benefits.

 The Community:

Incorporated in 1965, the City of Carpinteria (pop 14,000+) is an inviting seaside community with an abundance of natural beauty and small town charm.  Located in Santa Barbara County adjacent to Highway 101, the City is located 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, CA, 12 miles north of Ventura, CA and 80 miles north of Los Angeles, CA.

Situated between the mountains and the coast, residents and visitors enjoy over 275 days of sunshine a year and average daytime temperature between 68-80 degrees.  Carpinteria is an outdoor enthusiast's playground.  Rincon Point is recognized as one of the finest surfing spots in the world.  Beautiful beaches, a community swimming pool and picturesque parks and trails provide activities for every interest.


Relocation expenses and/or work immigration sponsorship are not covered.


The first application review date is Friday, April 27, 2018.  This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice.  Prompt application submission is encouraged.


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