Aug 28, 2023

Accounting Officer

  • Caltrans
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
Full time Accounting Construction Government

Job Description

Under the direction of an Accounting Administrator I, the incumbent independently reimburse local assistance project invoices, encumbers the availability of funds, and performs moderately difficult accounting duties to ensure local agencies are reimbursed timely.  This position requires a broad understanding of Caltrans’ accounting procedures, knowledge of multiple fund types, accounting systems, federal and state regulations, the Local Assistance programs, and acts as a liaison for federal and state funded Local Assistance projects.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

While at their base of operation, employees will work in a climate-controlled office under artificial light.  However, due to periodic problems with the heating and air conditioning, the building temperature may fluctuate.  Most employees will work in workstations within shared cubicles.  Working hours will be set sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Overtime may be required with prior written approval and vacation may be restricted during peak times and fiscal year-end closing.  Employees may be required to travel in state, but travel is not very frequent. Regular and punctual attendance is required.


New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

For additional information or a copy of the Accountant Trainee Duty Statement, please contact 

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.


Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-214916Position #(s): 900-081-4546-XXXWorking Title: Accounting Officer (Specialist) / Will Consider: Accountant TraineeClassification: ACCOUNTING OFFICER (SPECIALIST)$4,496.00 - $5,629.00 A Will Consider:ACCOUNTANT TRAINEE$3,793.00 - $4,523.00 A# of Positions: MultipleWork Location: Sacramento CountyJob Type: Permanent, Full Time 

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.

Caltrans Vision: A performance-driven, transparent, and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation, and teamwork.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

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Special Requirements

Education Requirement
Please include a copy of unofficial transcript(s) and/or college degree that demonstrates your ability to meet the minimum education requirements. Official Transcripts are required upon FINAL eligibility checks, if needed.

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required

The SOQ must: be in 12 pt., Century Gothic font, have 1” margins; single-spaced and no longer than a page; be in narrative form (no bullet points).  You must provide specific examples.  Only completed applications that include a SOQ will be reviewed and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.


  • Describe  three strengths that make you the best candidate for this position and why.

Candidates that believe they meet the Minimum qualifications based on a pattern of education from the classification description (specifications) must provide a copy of your degree/transcripts and/or license along with your application (STD. 678) to be considered for this position. If selected for the position Official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
 Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

 Department of TransportationAttn: Caltrans HR ContactCertification Services MS-90P O Box 168036Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

 Caltrans DHR ContactClassification and Hiring Unit - ECOS1727 30th Street, MS 90Sacramento, CA 95816Closed on weekends and State Holidays.08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see the Special Requirements section for SOQ instructions.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:


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Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367 Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Important Application Instructions: