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Account Clerk - Access to City Employment (ACE) (1630)

Recruitment: REF3096F

Published: April 27, 2022


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 1630-Account Clerk
Salary range: $62,946.00 - $76,518.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, performs routine bookkeeping and financial record keeping operations within complex accounting systems. Incumbents post, adjust and balance entries to ledgers; verify the correctness of accounting documents; respond to inquiries and provide financial information; organize and file source documents; perform operations involving automated accounting systems and spreadsheet programs and perform related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the journey-level position in the Account Clerk series. It is distinguished from the 1632 Senior Account Clerk in that it has no supervisory responsibilities, and incumbents perform work which is less complex and analytical than that performed by incumbents in the 1632.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Performs routine bookkeeping and financial record-keeping operations within complex accounting systems in order to ensure accurate balances and available budgeted funds.

2. Posts, adjusts and balances entries to subsidiary ledgers by searching out details and resolving numerical imbalances.

3. Verifies correctness of accounting documents by comparing postings to source documents and checking calculations for accuracy.

4. Responds to inquiries from other units, departments or the general public by extracting information and providing summaries to callers or in person. 5. Organizes and files source documents such as invoices, purchase orders, payment vouchers and other related documents according to accepted practice and in order to locate them readily in the event of the need for research at a later date.

6. Performs tasks in software related to accounting, including databases, automated accounting systems, spreadsheets and word processing.

7. Assists in the maintenance of cost control records.

8. Reports available budget balances and expenditures by uniform account classifications.

9. Assists in reconciling and summarizing accounts.

10. Performs mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in order to arrive at correct balances when working on financial and accounting matters such as cost records, deposits, expenditures, allocations, taxes and penalties.

11. Prepares statements, orders, receipts and related forms as required.

12. Inputs simple accounting documents for processing vendor payments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: financial record keeping and elementary accounting methods such as posting, adjusting, balancing, reconciling and single-entry bookkeeping; office clerical procedures such as filing, coding, indexing and proofreading accounting documentation; and elementary mathematics. Ability to: perform accurate mathematical calculations; establish effective working relationships with departmental and non-departmental staff; apply accounting principles to a complex accounting system; navigate through and perform tasks in the various computer software (accounting systems, tax programs, spreadsheets, processing and database systems) required for financial transactions; and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.   

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license which may be required for employment in the class. Although these minimum qualifications are typical of the class, additional minimum qualifications and special conditions may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the job announcement.

Experience and Training: Six (6) months (equivalent to 1,000 hours) of verifiable experience processing financial and accounting matters (e.g. cost records, deposits, expenditures, allocations), bookkeeping, and/or financial record keeping. Such experience typically includes verifying correctness of financial documents; maintaining expenditure records and reconciling subsidiary accounts

Substitution of Experience: 15 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of coursework from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 6 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) in accounting may be substituted for the required experience as described above.

What else should I know?

Notes: AMENDED: 2/12/10

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.