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Accounting Technician II

Company: Housing Authority of the County of Kern
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:

TITLE : Accounting Technician II (Full-time)

LOCATION : Bakersfield, CA

SALARY : $1,887.15 2,303.82 bi-weekly + benefits

TO APPLY: Return a completed application in person to the Housing Authority Central Office located at 601 24th Street, Bakersfield, or apply online at Attach a resume and copies of pertinent trainings or certifications, if any.


With minimal direction from the Finance Director and with the support of the Accounting Manager, performs paraprofessional accounting work of an accounting system requiring the use of technical accounting principles and procedures in general accounting, including but not limited to payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable, for the affordable housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and non-subsidized housing programs.

This position is distinguished from the Accounting Technician I classification in that it performs more difficult and complex paraprofessional accounting work requiring the use of a wider range and variety of accounting principles and procedures in the establishment and maintenance of the agencys accounting system.


Essential duties may include, but are not limited to those specifically related to the following functional areas.

Processes a variety of invoices and billing.

Processes bi-weekly payroll through current software system.

Prepares and maintains accounting files for accounts payable/receivable, collections, and/or payroll and maintains related account journals.

Provides support by receiving, reviewing an verifying financial documents and reports for accuracy and adherence to legal mandates, policies and operational guidelines.

Posts and maintains various ledgers, vouchers and journals according to established account classifications related to assigned Housing Authority program(s).

Prepares reports on the status of services, contracts, grants, entitlement and reimbursement programs, accounts receivable/payable, collection and payroll.

Audits and reviews financial documents for accuracy and completeness; prepares basic monthly journal entries and cash receipt vouchers, and performs bookkeeping work such as posting to ledgers, journals and registers, and coding documents.

Responds to requests for information and questions relating to payroll, accounts receivable/payable, collections and payroll from vendors, clients/tenants, landlords and representatives of other housing agencies; researches account histories and other information and takes or recommends appropriate follow up action to clients and/or other department/agency staff.

Assist in the preparation of a variety of reports including those required by Federal and State agencies; prepares mathematical calculations and verifies computations.

Provides support by researching and resolving difficult problems independently through multiple records; takes initiative in anticipating or identifying problems or errors and follows up to resolve; forecasts impact of potential actions/decisions.

Performs general ledger account review to determine accuracy and validity; and, prepares journal entries, including adjusting entries, affecting several subsystems of the departmental accounting system.

Prepares adjusting and reversing entries for the department or for several specialized and complicated accounts within one or more companies/funds.

Prepares or assists in the preparation of various reports where initiative is required in order to make modification of format and procedure to bring the structure and content of documents into consonance with the needs of the agency.

Reconciles General ledgers, bank statements, logs and other fiscal records; reviews data to locate and determine cause of variances between accounting reports/statements and coordinates resolution.

Independently prepares a variety of detailed accounting, statistical and/or narrative financial statements of reports requiring analysis, interpretation, and a thorough understanding of the account structure and relationship of data contained in the reports.

Independently prepares and completes complex projects.

Prepares complex financial and statistical reports and statements for assigned entities including monthly financial reports, cost analysis and forecasting.

Performs additional duties as required.


Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily

Knowledge of and the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting practices

Knowledge of and the ability to use automated accounting applications and principles including the use of spreadsheets and other standard financial and business software, MS Word, Excel, Access.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of bookkeeping and financial record keeping.

Ability to prepare clear and concise report and accurate statistical records

Good Written and oral communication and presentation skills

Able to write and format routine business correspondence, reports, documents, manuals, and presentations.

Ability to work with minimal supervision


High School completion, with college level public accounting training in accounting, business/public administration or a related field; Three (3) years of public agency clerical accounting and records management experience, including, a minimum of three (3) years as an Accounting Technician I.



Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

Sitting for extended periods of time.

Seeing to read a variety of materials and equipment.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.

Lifting light objects.

Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to file materials.


Office environment.

Constant interruptions.


This is a regular full-time position and, as such, the employee will be entitled to all benefits afforded regular full-time employees of the Housing Authority - including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; CalPERS retirement (employer match); sick leave; vacation and holiday pay.


Each class or position in the Housing Authority is assigned a salary range with five steps or rates of pay. Newly hired employees begin on the first step of the appropriate salary range.


1. Valid California Drivers License. Employee selected must be insurable by the agency insurance carrier. The Housing Authority will review driving records of candidates selected post offer.

2. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English is a requirement and may be subject to testing.

3. Applications will be screened for qualification fulfillment prior to interviewing. Please complete your application forms accurately, thoroughly and neatly. During the screening process, no assumptions will be made as to the quality, quantity or suitability of an applicants previous experience. References will be verified post-interview.

4. ADA/Testing Accommodations: If you have a disability that requires accommodation for the examination process, you are required to notify the Personnel Director by the filing deadline.


Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Please attach resume and copies of any other certifications to your application. Based upon information presented on applications, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most applicable to this position will be scheduled for an interview appointment. Failure to state all pertinent qualifications may lead to elimination from competition.

In the event that we determine there are an insufficient number of qualified candidates in the applicant pool, the Housing Authority reserves the right to defer interviews to another time.

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its federally assisted program activities.

Applications will be accepted at the Central Office of the Housing Authority located at:

601 - 24th Street, Bakersfield, CA, 93301

Or online at:


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $23.58 - $28.79 per hour

Dental insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance
Physical Setting:
8 hour shift
Ability to commute/relocate:
Bakersfield, CA 93301: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)
Driver's License (Required)
Work Location:
One location
Work Remotely:
Work Location: One location

Keywords: Housing Authority of the County of Kern, Bakersfield , Accounting Technician II, Accounting, Auditing , Bakersfield, California

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