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Account Clerk I

County of Los Angeles
Full Time Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources, 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States


With more than 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation. As the largest employer in Southern California, over 112,000 employees in more than 36 Departments provide vital public services as diverse as law enforcement, property assessment, public health protection, water conservation, cultural activities, and many more.




Open Competitive Job Opportunity


We will begin receiving applications on

Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. (PT)

. All applications must be received

before 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, September 27, 2023


Essential Job Functions
  • Serve as a clerical assistant to a higher level in-charge accounting position which has day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the accounting system.
  • Maintain records of a general accounting system, or accounts receivable, accounts payable, or trust accounting system, and perform the work within a comprehensive established framework of procedures.
  • Perform bookkeeping and associated financial clerical work including, sorting, coding, verifying, and filing financial documents to registers and subsidiary ledgers, and balancing to controlling accounts.
  • Assist in the reconciling of accounts with the Auditor's abstract, property listings, and bank accounts affecting the balances of a large group of funds or revenue accounts.
  • Prepare highly standardized reports such as sales tax, mileage, and collection reports or other reports reflecting current account balances.
  • Serve as the lead of a group of bookkeeping machine operators, as needed.
  • Verify the accuracy of stock and equipment accounts by balancing receipts, issues, invoices, and statements of physical inventory.
  • Prepare discrepancies and statistical reports reflecting inventory operations.
  • Participate in routine office and field checks of departmental installations to verify the clerical accuracy of accounting documents they submit such as petty cash collection reports, cash register receipts, and golf course starter sheets.

Option I: One year of clerical experience in bookkeeping assisting in the maintenance of a double entry accounting system and associated subsidiary records involving coding transactions and posting and balancing of ledgers, journals, and registers. -OR-

Option II: One year of clerical experience in maintaining financial or statistical records involving coding, recording, checking tabulations and computation of data, and completion of a high school or higher level course* in bookkeeping or elementary accounting.

Please submit a copy of the official transcript along with your application. If you do not attach the document at the time of filing, you can email the document to within 7 calendar days from the last day of filing. Please include your full name, exam title, and exam number.
If you served in the military and were honorably discharged, you may qualify for Veteran's Credit. We will need a copy of your form DD214 to review, so please include that with your application.

This class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort that may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable ambulation may be involved.

Employees who wish to qualify using experience gained in county classifications that are not at the level of the classification listed above must provide verification of qualifying out-of-class experience by providing official documentation of additional responsibility bonus, out-of-class bonus, temporary assignment bonus or reclassification study with CEO Classification with your application at the time of filing or within seven (7) calendar days from application submission. Employees do not need to submit such verification if they hold or have held a position at the level of the classification listed above. 

No withholds will be allowed for this examination. Required experience must be fully met and indicated on the application by the last day of filing.

Additional Information


This examination will consist of TWO (2) parts:

Part I: Multiple choice and/or simulation assessment(s), weighted 50%, assessing:

  • Data Entry Skills
  • Conscientiousness
  • Service Professionalism
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Drive for Success
  • Numerical Calculation

Candidates may be invited to participate in both Part I and II. However, only those that achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in Part I, will have Part II scored.

Part II: Multiple choice and/or simulation assessment(s), weighted 50%, assessing:

  • Accounts Payable: Purchase Orders, Invoices and Claims, and Expense Vouchers.
  • Account Receivable: Invoice Processing, Cheque and Cash Receipts, Ageing Report and Vendor Registrations
  • Microsoft Excel 365: Basic Text and Cell Formatting, Visual Enhancements, Using Functions and Formulas, Printing an Excel Workbook, Applying Passwords and Encryption to an Excel Workbook, Conditional Formatting, and Charts and Data Tables

Applicants must meet the Minimum Requirements and receive a passing score of 70% or higher on the 

multiple-choice and/or simulation assessment

 in order to be placed on the eligible list.

Please note: Test Invitation Letters and other correspondences will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add,,,, and

 to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

  • Applicants who have taken identical components recently for other exams may have their responses automatically transferred to this examination.
  • This examination contains test components that may be used in the future for new examinations and your test responses may be transferred.


Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. While the guides will help you prepare for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.

  • An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at . Please click on "Find A Job" and then "Job Search Toolkit."  Test preparation information is located under the "Employment Test Assistance" section.  
  • Additional online practice tests are available at /


The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of 12 months following the date of promulgation.


The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout Los Angeles County, as they occur.


Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application before 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the September 22, 2023, before 5:00 p.m. PT deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address. Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Minimum Requirements as listed in this job posting. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

Important: Please note that all information included in the application materials is subject to verification at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made per Civil Service Rule 6.04. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment. Utilizing verbiage from the Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties will not be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an incomplete application and you may be disqualified.


Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes.  Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.


For applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, you may borrow laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots from some public libraries throughout Los Angeles County to complete job applications. Please note some public libraries have reopened with limited access hours and may require a prior reservation to use their computers. For more information, please visit their website at or contact the specific libraries directly.


All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password.  Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.


If you require an accommodation to fairly compete in any part of the assessment process, you will be given the opportunity to make a request when completing your application. Please note, that you may be required to submit documentation from a qualified medical provider or other qualified professional to support your request for a testing accommodation.


Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI)
The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst races. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.

Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO)
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed. 

Testing Accommodations Coordinator:  
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name: James Cheung
Department Contact Phone: (213)738-2361
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