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Salary: $3,240.00 - $3,864.00
Posted: 03/19/2014

Job Description:
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** As required by the department's rules of conduct, all employees of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) must be in compliance with the California revenue and taxation code. During the background investigation portion of the hiring process, FTB will review return information to verify California state income tax compliance. Any failure to comply with the California revenue and taxation code may prevent you from being hired at FTB. You must verify your filing status by calling 1-800-852-5711 to resolve any potential tax compliance issues, prior to submitting your application and seeking employment with FTB. All applicants not currently employed with the Franchise Tax Board will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons with hearing or speech impairments, call TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929.

Under the general direction of the Administrator I – Fiscal Services, the Accountant Trainee performs professional accounting duties in the establishment and maintenance of accounts and financial records for the Franchise Tax Board. Typical duties include maintaining the cash receipts general ledger, allocating receipts to the appropriate fund, and researching and resolving account discrepancies.


  • Ability to apply General and State Fund accounting principles and procedures.
  • Familiarity with CALSTARS.
  • Ability to use MS Office tools (Excel, Word, Access).
  • Analyze data and draw sound conclusions.
  • Follow prescribed procedures, complete tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to get along with others in a team environment.
  • Maintain flexibility and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Excellent attendance, organization, and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to work well independently.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.

Current state employees with status in the above classification or lateral transfers from an equivalent class, former state employees who can reinstate into this class or persons who are reachable on a current employment list for this classification. To apply for this job opportunity as a list candidate, you must first take the online Accountant Trainee Exam. A training and development assignment (T & D) may also be considered. All appointments are subject to SROA/Surplus hiring provisions. Surplus candidates must submit an application packet as outlined in this bulletin with a copy of their surplus status letter in order to be considered.

Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following documents:

  • A completed Standard State Application (STD 678)*
  • Resume
  • A list of three professional references with contact information
  • Legible copies of transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)

*A completed application includes the position title, position number and contact person’s name in the job title line, and must be signed. Candidates who do not submit all of the required documents (incomplete application packages) will be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. FTB EMPLOYEES MUST HAND DELIVER OR ROUTE TO: Lisa Cramer at M/S A-361. Candidates not currently employed by the Franchise Tax Board must send their application package to the address shown below. Multiple positions may exist for this vacancy.

RPA #1314-3970

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Accountant Trainee 564 - 553 - 4179 - 001
Location County
Accounting & Financial Resources Section – Fiscal Services SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P. O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812-0550
Lisa Cramer
(916) 845-3745

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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