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Last Day to File: September 30, 2020


The Accountant position performs accounting and supervisory activities in the Finance Department.  Primary activities include:  accounts payable and receivable, budget administration and payroll, providing assistance to the Finance Director with the more highly complex accounting functions, and coordinating activities with other department managers.


NOTE:  These are entrance requirements for admission to the examination which is competitive.  Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list.  A candidate’s qualifications will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.


Either I

Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university with a major in finance, accounting or related field and at least one year of full-time professional experience in accounting or auditing;


Some acceptable combination of education, experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skill and abilities.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Driver’s license is required.


The exam will measure KNOWLEDGE OF: methods and practices related to public accounting, legislation and regulations related to public accounting activities, data processing systems and spreadsheet programs including Excel, record keeping and reporting principles and procedures and principles of personnel supervision.  ABILITY TO:  conduct studies and prepare comprehensive reports, supervise and evaluate staff, participate in a public accounting program, communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work, understand and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

amination will consist of the following steps:  (1) screening of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the announced minimum qualifications for acceptance into the exam; (2) review of applications of those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications to select those best qualified to continue in the exam process; and (3) job-related interview (worth 90%) and there may be a written exercise (worth 10%).  If there is no written exercise, then the job-related interview will be worth 100% of the scoring.


The following documents MUST be submitted in order for your application to be given full consideration:

If you have any questions, please call Human Resources at (510) 727-8518.  The Housing Authority will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate disabled applicants.  If you have special needs, please call (510)727-8517.


The Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, ethnic and racial minorities and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other non-job related factor.  A completed Housing Authority employment application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted in order to be given consideration.


Salary – Employees generally start at of the beginning of the salary range within the assigned classification.  The approximate annual salary range is $77,100 – $114,494.

Vacation & Sick Leave – Accruals are based on 40-hour work week schedule (full time).  Sick leave accrues at the rate of one-half day per bi-weekly pay period.  Vacation is granted annually starting with 3 weeks for the first 3 years of service.

Work Week & Holidays – The Housing Authority operates on a 9/75 schedule (offices are closed every other Friday) and on a bi-weekly pay cycle.  There are 13 paid holidays and 6 floating holidays.

Retirement – Both the employee and the Housing Authority contribute to the Alameda County Retirement Association (ACERA).  Employees hired after January 1, 2013, participate in ACERA’s Tier IV benefit plan.  The amount of the employee’s contribution is determined annually by ACERA and is currently approximately 8.25% of the employee’s base salary.  The employee’s contribution is made on a pre-tax basis.

Health Insurance – The Housing Authority contributes a fixed amount toward employee medical insurance under one of several recognized programs.  Dental insurance is fully paid by the Housing Authority.

Long-Term Disability Insurance – Management employees are eligible for long-term disability benefits and the insurance is fully paid by the Housing Authority, subject to the provider’s eligibility requirements, age limitations and coverage exclusions.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Employees may participate in an FSA for purposes of paying on a pre-tax basis for those expenses allowed pursuant to Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Credit UnionEmployees are eligible to join a Credit Union.

Life InsuranceThe Housing Authority pays the premium for a group life insurance benefit plan.

Management Cafeteria Plan – Non-taxable reimbursements and taxable reimbursements are provided for qualifying expenditures each calendar year.


An applicant’s previous employment may be investigated and references will be contacted.  Results of this investigation may be cause for disqualification.  Fingerprints will also be taken for a review of any criminal history.  Any record of conviction may be reviewed by Human Resources and the Executive Director and may result in termination of eligibility for employment.  A conviction record will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment.  Each case will be given individual consideration based on job relatedness.


All prospective employees must pass a pre-employment medical examination before beginning employment.  Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.  The Housing Authority may disqualify any eligible on the basis of the examining physician’s report.


Applications and other required related documents must be filed within the official period advertised for each examination.  Applicants are responsible for the truth of all statements made in their applications and other related documents.  False statements are grounds for rejection of an application or discharge from Housing Authority employment in accordance with applicable Housing Authority Personnel Rules.

Completed applications may be submitted by: mailing to our address, faxing to (510) 886-1964 or e-mailing to

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