Housing Authority of the County of Kern is looking for an Accountant 

601 – 24TH Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 



TITLE: Accountant 

LOCATION: Bakersfield, CA 

SALARY: $56,138.78 – $68,533.92 annually + benefits 

TO APPLY: Return a completed application in person to the Housing Authority Central Office located at 601 – 24th Street, Bakersfield, or apply online at Attach a resume and copies of pertinent trainings or certifications, if any. 

Under supervision, assists the Finance Director in all phases of accounting work. Responsibilities include assisting in the development and implementation of budgeting procedures, financial analysis and reporting, and internal control practices. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Directs and/or participates in the preparation and the analysis of various financial statements, schedules, and reports, fixed assets, including the evaluation, development and implementation of additional reports as needed to fulfill the needs of other Authority departments. 

Reviews and recommends improvements to accounting, budgeting and reporting procedures and assists with their implementation. 

Coordinates financial record keeping systems, and assists in directing the maintenance of all financial records. 

Prepares and verifies a variety of complex accounting, statistical and narrative statements and reports requiring analysis and interpretation of data. 

Exercises independent judgment in the performance of complex accounting tasks. 

Maintains and reviews budgetary control accounts. 

Prepares budget estimates. 

Examines, reconciles, balances and adjusts accounting records. 

Locates and resolves problems, and determines corrective entries. 

Performs general ledger maintenance and account reconciliation. 

Assists in preparation of annual departmental budget and analyzes budget variances. 

Prepares and reviews cost allocation plans’ analyzes and/or prepares yearend revenue and expenditure accruals. 

Analyzes and prepares depreciation schedules. 

May assist with audits for analysis and review of revenue estimates, expenditures and fund conditions involved in administering departmental budgets. 

Prepares various financial statements/cost and written reports. 


Operates a personal computer using a variety of software applications including accounting, spreadsheet, word processing, and database applications as well as task specific applications. 

Knowledge of general and cost accounting and auditing principles, theories and procedures, computer spreadsheet, word processing, and data base applications. 

Ability to analyze fiscal data, establish and maintain fiscal records and procedures; prepare financial reports; use and understand information technology systems and applications; understand, interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State and local laws, regulations, and policies including General Accounting Office (GAO), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) pronouncements, advise management staff on accounting and fiscal matters; maintain complete and accurate records. 


This position may supervise a trainee or temporary employee. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited, four year college with a major in accounting, finance or equivalent plus at least two years of experience in accounting or financial management. 


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees of organization. 


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. 


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 


Must possess a valid California Driver License and be insurable by the Housing Authority’s automobile insurance carrier. Certified Public Account (CPA) or Masters of Business Administration (MBA) preferred. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to move from place to place within the office and to move to and from the various offices within the agency. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. The employee must be able to use a computer for the purpose of inputting and retrieving data and must be able to analyze computer printouts and other written material. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


This is a regular position and, as such, the employee selected for it will be entitled to all 

benefits afforded regular employees of the Housing Authority – including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; CalPERS retirement (employer match); sick leave; vacation and holiday pay. 


Each class or position in the Housing Authority is assigned a salary range with five steps or rates of pay. Newly hired employees begin on the first step of the appropriate salary range. 


1. Valid California driver license. Employee selected must be insurable by the agency insurance carrier. The Housing Authority will review driving records of candidates selected post offer. 

2. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English is a requirement and may be subject to testing. 

3. Applications will be screened for qualification fulfillment prior to interviewing. Please complete your application forms accurately, thoroughly and neatly. During the screening process, no assumptions will be made as to the quality, quantity or suitability of an applicant’s previous experience. References will be verified post-interview. 

4. ADA/Testing Accommodations: If you have a disability that requires accommodation for the examination process, you are required to notify the Personnel Officer by the filing deadline. 


Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Please attach resume, copy of typing certificate (if applicable) and any other certifications to your application. Based upon information presented on applications, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most applicable to this position will be scheduled for an interview appointment. Failure to state all pertinent qualifications may lead to elimination from competition. 

In the event that we determine there are an insufficient number of qualified candidates in the applicant pool, the Housing Authority reserves the right to defer interviews to another time. 

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its federally assisted program activities. 

Applications will be accepted at the Housing Authority official website at: 

601 – 24thStreet, Bakersfield, CA, 93301 

Or online at: 

Open Until Filled