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ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 - Accounting Specialist, Fair Political Practices Commission (5375)

ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 - Accounting Specialist, Fair Political Practices Commission

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: JN30
  • Class Code: 5375
  • Established: 03/30/1977
  • Revised: 04/13/1978
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to develop, implement and interpret accounting requirements for filers pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974; to develop and conduct seminars; to conduct audits of reports and statements filed pursuant to the Act; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Provides technical assistance, including written and oral communications regarding accounting and reporting requirements to persons regulated by the Political Reform Act of 1974; assists in the preparation of proposed legislation or revision thereof; develops accounting systems for persons required to file under the Act; develops and communicates regulations and opinions regarding accounting and reporting requirements; develops and interprets forms for filing campaign and lobbyist statements; develops and interprets policy and procedure manuals and fact sheets relating to auditing/accounting standards; compiles and analyzes data collected from reports and statements filed with the Secretary of State's Office in accordance with the Act; audits reports and statements filed by candidates for Office of the State Controller and for the Board of Equalization and committees supporting such candidates; assists the Commission's Enforcement staff in those investigations involving financial disclosure irregularities; conducts investigations involving complex accounting problems; provides assistance to other staff members who encounter accounting problems during other investigations; conducts mandatory audits pursuant to Section 90006 of the Political Reform Act; assists the Franchise Tax Board auditors and reviews their work papers to determine additional work needed to complete investigations; reviews Franchise Tax Board audit reports; acts as liaison between the Commission and the Franchise Tax Board; prepares reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in California state service performing the duties of a professional accounting or auditing class equivalent in level to Associate Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems).



Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible technical experience in governmental, commercial, or public accounting performing any one or a combination of the following types of work:


1. Development and installation of varied accounting systems; or


2. Preparation of comprehensive and complex financial statements and tax returns; or


3. Directing or assisting in the direction of the accounting and budgetary work of a business concern or governmental agency;




4. Analytical and critical examination of financial records and books of accounts of business concerns or governmental agencies.


(At least one year of the qualifying experience shall have been in the full-time development and installation of varied and complex accounting systems.) Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year performing duties of a class equivalent in level to that of Associate Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems). and


Education: Either


1. Equivalent to graduation from college, with specialization in accounting; or


2. Completion of either:


a. A prescribed professional accounting curriculum given by a residence or correspondence school of accountancy, including courses in elementary and advanced accounting, auditing, cost accounting and business law; or


b. The equivalent of sixteen semester hours of professional accounting courses given by a collegiate-grade residence institution, including courses in elementary and advanced accounting, auditing, and cost accounting; and three semester hours of business law.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Accounting principles and procedures; principles of business management, including office methods and procedures; principles of public finance; business law; legislative procedures; election laws and California legislation affecting political reform, particularly the Political Reform Act of 1974.


Ability to: Apply accounting principles and procedures; analyze data and draw sound conclusions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare clear, complete, and concise reports; make sound decisions and recommendations in regard to professional accounting problems; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; and speak and write effectively.

  Updated: 9/21/2017
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