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Accountant I (Specialist) (4177)

Accountant I (Specialist)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: JL32
  • Class Code: 4177
  • Established: 08/07/1980
  • Revised: 09/20/1988
  • Title Changed: --


Under direct supervision, to perform the more difficult semi- professional accounting work in the establishment and maintenance of accounts and records for specialized agency activities, departmental systems, and for central fiscal control activities; maintenance of a segment of an accounting function for a State department (e.g., accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash disbursements); and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Employees in these positions need basic knowledge of accounting principles and practices; however, the kind and level of difficulty of the work performed does not require full professional competency and the completion of a professional accounting curriculum or its equivalent.


Positions in this class are not supervisory, but may exercise lead responsibilities.


Incumbents may have ongoing contact with program managers, field office cashiers, accounting control and cost accounting sections. May have some contact with control agencies, local governmental jurisdictions, and Federal Government employees.

Typical Tasks

Makes journal entries, posts ledgers, takes trial balances, audits claims, and performs preliminary reconciliations and adjustments of financial records and reports; gathers data for a variety of financial reports requiring the application of accounting principles and judgment; compiles the less difficult financial reports; compiles and analyzes workload and other budget data; reviews deposit receipts submitted by field offices; prepares remittance advise to the State Controller's Office; keeps track of interest due on stocks, bonds and other securities; maintains follow-up and collection of dishonored checks; prepares and/or reviews invoices for contracts, interagency agreements, and billings by the department; issues invoices to departmental employees for overpayment or misuse of departmental equipment; maintains unclear collection account; makes progress payments to contractors on a monthly basis based on work completed by the contractor; and reviews and schedules payment for leases for office space and consultant contracts.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: One year of bookkeeping or accounting experience performing duties comparable in level to those of an Accounting Technician in the California state service. and Education: Completion of at least 12 semester hours of a professional accounting curriculum.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of financial record keeping; basic principles of accounting; office methods, procedures, and equipment; governmental accounting principles and procedures.


Ability to: Apply rules and regulations to specific cases; operate common office appliances used in financial record-keeping work; analyze and draw logical conclusions; dictate correspondence.

Special Personal Characteristic

Ability to qualify for a fidelity bond.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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