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Cost Analyst I/ii

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week County of Santa Barbara, 105 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States


*Notice of change: This position will be open until filled. 
Cost Analyst I: 

 $89,827.56 - $108,116.99 Annually 

Cost Analyst II: 

$98,516.24 - $118,723.73 Annually

We are currently accepting applications to fill multiple Cost Analyst I/II positions. The Cost
Analyst position is utilized by 11 departments within the County of Santa Barbara. We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list to fill current and future vacancies in multiple departments and locations throughout the County of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc, etc.) for full-time and part-time positions.
When completing your application and supplemental questionnaire, please ensure you select the departments and locations you are willing to accept current and future employment. If you are interested in working with the Sheriff’s Office, you must select “All Locations” in the agency-wide questions and supplemental questionnaire.
Currently, there is one full-time vacancy located in Santa Barbara for the General Services Department.
  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 13 days per year.
  • Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.
  • Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium.
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 5.
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
Click on the Benefits Tab above or for more information on County benefits for this position.

POSITION: Under general direction, coordinates County programs whose funding crosses departmental lines with detailed cost analysis and cost reports; responsible for reporting, calculating, and estimating federal and state reimbursements or service charges; responsible for analyzing and negotiating state rates for services provided; prepares proper documentation for audits; interprets and resolves audit findings; consults with County Administrator staff regarding budgets for major programs and the Auditor-Controller staff to assure full cost recovery and proper reporting; participates in the development of specialized cost accounting systems; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Cost Analyst I/II is a flexibly staffed series. Candidates may be appointed at the I or II level, depending on the candidate's qualifications and the needs of the department. The Cost Analyst is responsible for detailed cost analysis, interpreting audit findings, resolving audit findings, and representing the department during audits. The Cost Analyst is a specialty class focused on cost accounting and analysis to optimize revenues from fee reimbursements and grants.
Cost Analyst I is the journey level in which incumbents apply Federal, State, and County accounting policies and procedures; analyze, learn, and interpret complex legislation related to assigned program; use complex accounting systems and applications; learn and apply federal and state cost reimbursement standards (OMB Circular A-8). Incumbents in selected departments will be responsible for optimizing reimbursements for state and federally funded programs, grants, or fee reimbursable programs.
Cost Analyst II is the advanced level in which incumbents are expected to have advanced knowledge about complex legislation and regulations pertaining to the implementation of multi-departmental policies and procedures. Incumbents at the II level are expected to have advanced in their knowledge of computer systems, spreadsheet skills, and database management.
 The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess:
  • Experience utilizing principles/practices of cost accounting, fixed assets, and grant accounting.
  • Knowledge of internal controls and audit practices/procedures.
  • Experience setting rates and developing fees for program services, while coordinating with stakeholders.
  • Ability to analyze, post, balance, and reconcile complex financial data/accounts.
  • Strong analysis experience and the ability to project financial outcomes.
  • Ability to project how changes in programs will affect finances and program operations.
  • Experience with grant management and budget development/administration.
  • Working knowledge of fiscal software programs and advanced MS Excel skills.
  • Experience utilizing in-depth principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting using Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) principles.
  • Experience with government cost models, internal services, and enterprise fund accounting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate financial information to management in an understandable and precise manner.
  • Interpret, analyze, and apply laws, policies, and regulations. 
  • Possess initiative and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to multi-task, manage workloads, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience supervising staff in a professional environment.

Examples of Duties
  1. Prepares or reviews complex cost reports and cost allocation plan; reviews financial documents prepared by others for accuracy, form, and content; interprets and resolves audit findings. Reviews reimbursement estimates of departments and recommends revisions as appropriate. Conducts rate analysis to determine appropriate reimbursement levels and sets rates accordingly.
  2. Reviews or prepares intergovernmental claims for reimbursement, fee proposals, and indirect cost rate proposals for departments (ICRP'S); measures cost per unit of service to determine whether fees are being set at appropriate levels; consults with and advises department management and accounting personnel on a wide variety of intergovernmental and fee reimbursable cost accounting matters; advises internal fiscal units on cost accounting procedures and practices.
  3. Extracts and manipulates data from databases to establish cost accounting data; writes simple databases; designs and may develop more complex databases. Evaluates work process, organizational systems, policies, procedures, and computer technology in order to establish cost accounting data. Analyzes system design alternatives for development of new cost accounting systems and improvements to existing systems.
  4. Coordinates major County-wide programs with detailed cost analysis and cost reports; responsible for reporting, calculating, and estimating federal and state reimbursement; responds to federal and state audits by resolving audit findings; represent and advocate department position during audits. Monitors revenues and expenditures to determine whether reported levels meet anticipated levels.
  5. Reviews or prepares the annual County wide cost allocation plan.
Employment Standards

In order to be considered for this position, applicants will need to provide detailed information on their application which demonstrates how they meet the employment standards, including their cost accounting experience:

  1. Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant AND one year of professional experience as a cost accountant; OR,
  2. Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, computer science, or a related field, AND two years of professional experience as a cost accountant; OR,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: generally accepted accounting principles; principles and practices of project management; standard English usage and grammar; working knowledge of cost accounting principles; full cost determination; step-down cost methodology; various county financial systems and software; principles of database design; cost pools; cost objectives; standard costing and government cost allocation methodology; database and spreadsheet software.

Ability to: gather and analyze cost data, develop solutions, project consequences, and evaluate results; plan, organize, and prioritize work; establish and maintain a working relationship with a variety of County staff and vendors (i.e., grant agencies, contract service providers, and outside auditors); prepare a variety of written documents; make presentations to groups; maintain impartiality, objectivity; apply principles of governmental accounting; learn and apply Federal, State, and County policies and procedures; provide direction to others; represent the County or department with tact and diplomacy.