Senior Accountant

Applications closing on October 10, 2022, 05:00 PM

  • Job typeFull-time
  • Salary range$110,509 to $133,075 annually


This position will be responsible for performing a variety of advanced level professional accounting and auditing work, while supervising the accounting functions.

Our cohesive team is looking forward to welcoming one new member who can fulfill the senior accountant position by:

  • Assisting with direction of the administration and implementation of financial accounting, auditing and reporting
  • Participating in selection, training, supervision and evaluation of staff
  • Monitoring effectiveness and efficiency of finance programs and processes, recommending improvements
  • Keeping current on accounting and financial standards, rules and regulatory requirements
  • Providing professional and technical guidance and training
  • Performing highly complex financial accounting and reporting for a variety of programs and projects
  • Providing a high level of customer service in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance regarding division and department projects, policies and procedures
  • Auditing internal financial documents and transactions; researching and resolving problems to ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • Overseeing and participates in reconciliation activities related to the City’s bank accounts
  • Administering citywide grant management and reporting financial procedures and accounting practices
  • Managing all debt service funds including annual reporting, debt service payments and assistance with debt issuance
  • Preparing quarterly investment and financial reports; preparing the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), including government wide and fund financial statements
  • Compiling mandated and regulatory reporting (e.g. Local Government Annual Financial Report, Government Compensation in California Report)
  • Managing all external audits of City records including the annual audit, granting agency audit, single audit, and state or federal agency audit; assisting in preparation of audit schedules and reports
  • Assisting with preparation of the annual budget, including assisting other departments with budget preparation and providing personnel cost projections
  • Preparing the annual appropriations limit (Gann Limit) calculation and report
  • Assisting the Finance and Budget Manager; may function as interim during the manager’s absences

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with initiative and strong analytical ability that possesses knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting. The ideal candidate will have excellent time management capabilities and interpersonal skills using tact, patience and professionalism.  Public agency experience is required with at least one year of supervisory experience.

Minimum qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major work in accounting, or a closely-related field
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in governmental accounting work with at least one year of supervisory experience
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record


The City offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • A City-paid Caltrain Go Pass; City Hall is centrally located and within walking distance from Caltrain and downtown Menlo Park
  • For non-Caltrain riders, the City offers employees a commuter check program of up to $150.00 per month toward the purchase of a non-Caltrain monthly transit pass; or a transportation allowance program provides employees with $1.50 per day when they walk, bicycle or carpool to work at least once per week
  • Health insurance: City contribution up to $2,351 per month toward a cafeteria plan which can be used to purchase medical insurance and participate in a flexible spending account for health care and/or child care reimbursement
  • Dental: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: 88–176 hours of vacation leave accrual each year, depending on length of service
  • Sick leave: 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year
  • Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per year, prorated based on hire date
  • Retirement: CalPERS, for classic members 2.0%@60 formula; for all others, 2.0%@62 formula
  • Deferred compensation: Voluntary participation in city plans
  • Life insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1-1/2 times regular annual wage
  • Long term disability: City-paid coverage
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement
  • Employees receive free on-site gym access

For additional benefit information, visit and review the City of Menlo Park and AFSCME Memorandum of Understanding.

Special instructions


Please be sure to fill out the required city application completely, including all relevant work experience. Applications with “See resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review. If 26 or more qualified applications are received, candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Panel Examination. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An eligibility list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The hiring department will review the eligibility list to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

The City of Menlo Park is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Management Analyst Veronica Wortham before the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a reference check, criminal conviction history questionnaire, OccuScreen background and DOJ fingerprinting.

All new employees are required to comply with the requirements of our COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy as a condition of employment. This policy requires that an employee provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request and be approved for a medical or religious exception to the policy before their start date. Those who are approved for a temporary or permanent exception, will be required to test weekly while they remain unvaccinated. Candidate start date may be adjusted to meet these requirements. Please contact Interim Human Resources Manager Kristen Strubbe with any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States. The City will not sponsor applicants for work visas. 

Recruitment contact: Veronica Wortham