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Job Posting: Chief, State Accounting and Reporting Division

State Controller's Office

Chief, State Accounting and Reporting Division
C. E. A.

$7,781.00 - $13,657.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/3/2022

Job Description and Duties

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


  • Recommend resolution of the most complex governmental accounting issues to the Chief Operating Officer, 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 Operating Officer 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.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Additional Documents

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief, State Accounting and Reporting Division
    C. E. A.
    $7,781.00 - $13,657.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Are you searching for a career that you can feel passionate doing? Are you interested in working environment to transform and modernize operations?  Do you have experience in policy development and familiar with State government processes and procedures, budget and accounting principles, and the 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.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 2/3/2022

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    State Controller's Office
    Attn: EJ Hardin
    300 Capitol Mall 3rd Floor, Ste 300
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    State Controller's Office
    EJ Hardin
    300 Capitol Mall 3rd Floor, Ste 300
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Please see Examination Information section for instructions.
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the 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:

    • 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; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary 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 Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    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):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    • Post or Bachelor's degree with a concentration in Accounting or related field of study;
    • Valid and active Certified Public Accountancy License;
    • Five years of experience overseeing departmental accounting services;
    • Seven (7) years of experience in private sector employment performing accounting services;
    • Firm knowledge of the California State Budget process;
    • Demonstrable experience overseeing a multifaceted program area with subordinate managers.

    Examination Information

    This examination may consist of an evaluation of your Training and Experience weighted 100%.

    Your Training and Experience may be evaluated based on the information indicated on your STD. 678 application. This examination may utilize an evaluation of each candidate’s experience and education/training compared to a standard developed from the class specification. For this reason, it is especially important that each candidate take special care in accurately and completely filling out his/her STD. 678 application. List all experience relevant to the minimum qualifications shown in this announcement, even if that experience goes beyond the seven-year limit printed on the application. Please read the “Minimum Qualifications” carefully to see what kind of information will be useful to the staff doing the evaluation. Supplementary information may also be accepted (e.g., a resume, etc.); however, it will not take the place of the information on your STD. 678 application. STD. 678 applications solely referring to the resume for information (i.e., “See Resume”) will be eliminated from the examination process and will not be scored.

    This examination may consist of an evaluation of your Statement of Qualifications weighted 100%. In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum score of 70% must be attained.

    This examination may consist 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 State Controller’s constitutional and statutory responsibilities as the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State of California and as a member of state boards and commissions.
    1. Describe your managerial experience that demonstrates the ability to lead, communicate, facilitate decision-making, promote teamwork, and achieve success across multi-disciplinary stakeholder interests.
    1. Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal management and government accounting as they relate to the State Controller’s Office. 
    1. 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.
    1. Describe your knowledge and experience in leading organizational transformation and change management to achieve desired results. 

    Note: 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.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department 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.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

    Human Resources Contact:
    EJ Hardin
    (916) 322-7313
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Gerard Anderson
    (916) 322-6203

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Phillina Lyles
    (916) 324-2223
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail