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Chief, State Accounting and Reporting Division, CEA Level B


State Controller's Office

300 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814

$10,010.00 - $11,924.00*


Christiane van Eyken 916-324-6401


A minimum rating of 70% must be attained to obtain list eligibility. Hiring interviews may be conducted with the most qualified candidates. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results. The results of this examination will be used only to fill the position of Chief, State Accounting and Reporting Division, Level B with the STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

This examination consists of an evaluation of your Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) using pre-determined criteria based on the minimum and desirable qualifications for the position. The SOQ should include detailed and concise information specifically addressing how the candidate's education, training, experience, and competencies relate to each of the items listed.

The SOQ items must be numbered and addressed in the same order as listed; do not consolidate the responses. The SOQ should be no more than three pages in length, single-spaced with one-inch margins and a minimum font size of Arial 12. 

Applicants who fail to submit the SOQ as instructed and/or fail to submit all the required documents may be eliminated from the examination process.

Your SOQ must provide responses and specific examples for each item listed below to be considered for the position:

  1. Describe your knowledge of the structure and functions of California State Government, specifically the Legislature and the Executive Branch, and their interactions with the SCO.
  2. Describe your experience organizing and directing multi-level staff including your knowledge of training, staff motivation, recognition, and progressive discipline.
  3. Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal management and the legislative process as they relate to the State Controller’s Office.
  4. Describe your experience in gaining the confidence and support of executive leadership and providing effective advice on a wide range of administrative and operational matters and policies.
  5. Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of program assessments, including your experience performing such assessments and applying the results/findings.

Following a selection, those individuals remaining on the list may be contacted for subsequent interviews should a vacancy occur in this position within the next twelve (12) months.

  • Candidates applying for this examination must submit a standard form 678; Examination and/or Employment Application before the final filing date and;
  • Include a resume along with a Statement of qualifications.  
  • Resumes do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications
  • A Statement of Qualification is a narrative in the first person specifically describing your experience, education, training, and skills that best reflect your qualifications to function in the capacity as expressed in this document.  
  • It should be clear, concise, and typewritten for ease of reading. It should have a type font size of 12, and be NO MORE than 2 pages in length identifying the most current information.   

Please note failure to submit the above documents will result in your disqualification to compete in the examination. 

*Salary may be modified in accordance with CalHR.

Applications must be submitted by the final filing date to:

Human Resources
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 300 
Sacramento, CA 95814
Christiane van Eyken

Are you searching for a career that you can feel passionate doing? Are you interested in working in a challenging environment?  Do you have experience in policy development and familiar with State government processes and procedures, including the budgeting/legislative process?  Then consider participating in the examination for the Chief, Division of Accounting and Reporting.  

The State Controller’s Office is rapidly becoming a destination employer and is one of the few constitutional officers with responsibilities that impact many aspects of the State government.  This particular position is responsible for the oversight of the accounting functions for the State of California.  This is a well-defined and highly sensitive position within the agency with the responsibility overseeing state operations and reporting.

(Candidates must perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodations.)

  • Recommend resolution of the most complex governmental accounting issues to the Chief Deputy State Controllers, and/or State Controller;
  • Assist the State Controller on matters of statutory, constitutional and policy authority on high level policy-making committees;
  • Superintend the apportionment of public revenues and administer cost programs;
  • Oversee cash management for the State of California’s General fund;
  •  Direct and manage all accounting, fiscal controls, and reporting for the Office of the State Controller, and ensure that related assignment meets and further the constitutional and statutory financial responsibilities of the State Controller;
  • Provide consultative services to the Chief Deputy State Controllers and the State Controller, the Legislature, Chancellor’s Office, Governor’s Office, and other governmental and private financial institutions regarding accounting and reporting statues relative to the use of state and/or federal public funds;
  • Function as a key policy advisor for statewide accounting and reporting programs;
  • Formulate positions with regard to legislative issues affecting the state’s financial health and the State Controller’s statutory and constitutional authority to administer fiscal programs; 
  • Work cooperatively with various jurisdictions and internal senior level management team members;
  • Participate in Executive Office discussions and presentations before dignitaries as assigned;
  • Travel to and from offsite meeting locations when required. 

With general direction provided by the California State Controller and Deputy State Controller, Fiscal (CEA Level C), plan, organize, and direct the work of division staff engaged in the operation of the Controller’s Office elements which meets the State constitutions requirement for the fiscal control within the State’s financial operations; manage accounting, fiscal controls and reporting (including the Budgetary Legal Basis Report and the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) for the State of California’s total budget; formulate long-term and short-term goals and objectives; function as key policy advisor for statewide accounting and reporting programs relative to public funds; accomplish statutory and legislative mandates; superintend the apportionment of public revenues; administer cost programs; superintend the receipts of Federal funds; oversee cash management for the General Fund; and, determine the legality of movement of funds within the State Treasury.  

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules & standards relative to accounting requirements;
  • Experience in recommending, developing and implementing policies relative to program issues;
  • Administrative experience communicating with the control entities such as the Department of Finance and/or the Legislature;
  • Managerial experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully apply organizational leadership, communicate clearly, facilitate decision-making, promote team work, and define and achieve success across multi-disciplinary stakeholder interests;
  • Knowledgeable of budgeting process; 
  • Demonstrable writing skills;. 
  • Valid and active CPA License.

Applicants must have California State Civil Service status and satisfy the minimum qualifications as follows:
Either I
Must be a civil service employee with permanent civil service status:

Or II 
Must be a current or former employee of the Legislature for two or more consecutive years as defined in Government Code, Section 18990:
Must be a non-elected exempt employee of the Executive Branch for two or more consecutive years as defined in Government Code, Section 18992:

Applicants must also satisfy the minimum qualifications as shown below:
A.    Ability to perform high administrative and policy influencing functions effectively; such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:
1)    Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; , .
2)    Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multi-disciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s Equal Opportunity Office objectives;
B.    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

1.    Supervisory/administrative experience in a line or staff activity, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.
2.    Broad administrative or program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.
3.    Extensive managerial and program administrative experience which has included substantial responsibility for a combination of management functions such as program planning, policy formulation, organization coordination and control, and fiscal personnel management.  Where high technical professional qualifications are of primary importance in performing the duties of a given high-level position, then the above required experience may have been in a staff capacity exercising professional skills to influence and contribute to program, policy, and methods of providing those professional services. 

C.    Strong verbal and written communication/advocacy skills.
D.    Well-developed administrative, managerial, and interpersonal skills and abilities

If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the appropriate box in Part 2 of the "Examination Application." You will be contacted to make specific arrangements.

If you meet the requirements stated in this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described on this bulletin will be compared with the performance of others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.
The STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.
General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

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