Senior Accountant

City of Los Altos
 Los Altos, CA

City of Los AltosInvites you to apply for the position of:

Senior Accountant

Annual Salary: $111,332.70 - $135,325.59


Los Altos is a diverse and highly educated community with residents who have a long tradition of active volunteering and engagement with City government and other community service organizations. Tree-lined streets and a small-village atmosphere characterize Los Altos, which is in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many Silicon Valley executives, managers, and engineers choose to live in this City of over 30,000 because of its attractive climate, lovely neighborhoods, and charming downtown. Los Altos has been identified as a top Bay Area locale for families with children. Los Altos has several highly ranked schools that serve K-12 students, including schools recognized as California Distinguished Schools and National Blue-Ribbon Schools. Los Altos is a General Law City and operates under the Council/Manager form of government.


The Finance department is the backbone of the city. The department provides fiscal information to all City departments and manages the development and analysis of the budget. It also prepares year-end financial statements, annual audits, accounts payable, revenue collection and other day-to-day financial transactions. The Department also oversees the investment of City funds and provides the strategic planning necessary to preserve the City's superior credit rating and safeguard City assets.


This position will report to the Finance Manager and Finance Director. The Senior Accountant plans, organizes, and performs complex, professional, and technical accounting duties in the analysis, preparation, and maintenance of financial records, reports, and system.

  1. Develops, implements, and monitors work plans to achieve goals and objectives; supervises and participates in developing, implementing, and evaluating plans, work processes, systems, and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives, and work standards
  2. Participates in developing, maintaining, and ensuring optimal utilization of financial and budgetary accounting systems
  3. Plans, organizes, and ensures timely completion of fiscal year-end close process; generates adjusting journal entries, along with supporting schedules and reports, reviews statements, schedules, and reports for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with legal and professional standards
  4. Keeps current on new regulations of the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and other regulatory bodies, analyzes and makes recommendations to implement new procedures
  5. Plans, organizes, controls, integrates, and evaluates the work of staff in assigned areas, including budget control, cash management and operations, capital projects and accounts receivable, treasury, general ledger, payroll, fixed assets, and revenue services
  6. Preparing mandated financial reports and other information, including the County and the State, and special assessment district annual reports of financial transactions to the State Controller, and other reports as required.
  7. Maintains, reviews, and participates in developing and recommending improvements to accounting policies, processes, and procedures; designs, implements, and improves daily work and month-end processes and procedures to ensure accurate and complete information within established time frames
  8. Participates in preparation of annual financial audit and other audits or reviews
  9. Reviews and prepares budget amendment
  10. Supervises the work of subordinate staff and provides technical guidance to lower-level accounting staff as directed
  11. Reviews and monitors contracts and leases
  12. Performs other duties as required.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • 4+ years of accounting experience is required
  • 2+ years government or municipal accounting required
  • Similar or relevant work experience in the public sector
  • Proficient use of finance software and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.


  • Possession of a post-secondary degree in accounting/finance is required
  • Specialized training in governmental accounting, a master’s degree, and/or Certified Public Accountant is highly desirable



Flexible work schedules (9/80, 4/10, 5/8) and telework options available.

Quarterly Teambuilding Events and Activities

Coffee, snacks and healthy snack options available

Short walk to vibrant Downtown


Employee Annual Salary: $156,693.29 – $190,461.67

Retirement Salary Formulas: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

2.7% @ 55 single highest year) for classic members

2% @ 62 average of three highest years)

2% @ 60 for new members under the Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA)

Retiree Deferred Compensation Savings: City match contribution of 2.0% max annual salary.


Health Plans: City-paid health insurance with an added allowance for eligible dependents, including children (under the age of 26), spouse, or domestic partner

Dental and Vision: City paid reimbursement plans.


Quality of Life Employee Wellness Program: $1,950 annually for an extensive list of eligible wellness expenses.

Vacation Leave: Eligible to accrue up to 264 hours per year depending on CalPERS years of service.

Paid Holidays: 14 City-paid observed holidays. Additionally annual City-paid holiday closure.

Sick Leave: 95 hours annually

Optional Benefits: Supplemental life insurance, employee assisted programs such as prepaid legal services, and IRS Section 125 pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care.


This recruitment is being conducted to fill one Senior Accountant vacancy and may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. First review of applications will be Monday, February 13, 2023 at 5:00pm. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, COVID-19 self-attestation, including a complete background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in a disqualification or termination.