Last Day to File: Apply immediately, position may close at anytime.


Under general supervision, the Account Specialist performs a wide variety of journey level accounting tasks, including but not limited to:  accounting and financial record keeping for a variety of Housing Authority programs, verification and computer data entry of various transactions such as accounts payable, housing assistance contract payments to private landlords, rent collections and payroll.


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 eligibility list.  A candidate’s qualifications will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.


Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and one year of college level coursework in elementary accounting and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience administering accounts and compiling a wide variety of fiscal or statistical data and controls.


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


The exam will measure KNOWLEDGE OF:  financial record keeping and general accounting principles, computer equipment and related software and the ABILITY TO:  perform mathematical calculations, effectively communicate with people, work independently in the absence of supervision, understand and follow oral and written directions, meet deadlines, perform general clerical work including maintenance of appropriate records and compiling information for financial reports.

The examination 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; (3) job-related interview (worth 90%) and written exercises (worth 10%).


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.


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 employment.

Completed applications may be submitted by: mailing to our address above, faxing to 510-886-1964 or sending an e-mail to


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 Step 1 of the salary range within the assigned classification.  The monthly salary range is $4,142 – $4,923.

Vacation & Sick Leave – Accruals are based on 37.5-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 as follows:  Two weeks for the first 3 years; three weeks for 4 through 10 years; four weeks for over 10 years, and five weeks for over 18 years.

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 14 paid holidays and 2 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.

Vision – Employees are provided reimbursement for the cost of lenses, frames or contact lenses up to a maximum of $300 every 18 months.

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 Insurance The Housing Authority pays the premium for a group life insurance benefit plan.


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 the Personnel Committee or 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.

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