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Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant

Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Citrus Heights Water District

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Senior Accountant

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The Citrus Heights Water District (CHWD) offers an exciting career opportunity to public or private sector accounting professionals who have a passion to advance their career and serve as the next Senior Accountant in a service-oriented, rapidly evolving special district in the Sacramento region.


The Citrus Heights Water District was founded in 1920, operating under the State of California Water Code.  CHWD provides drinking water to an estimated service area population of 70,000 customers through more than 20,000 water service connections. CHWD’s service area is 12.8 square miles, including portions of Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, Roseville and unincorporated Placer County in the Greater Sacramento Region.  CHWD has 38 full-time dedicated employees to operate and maintain its water system, ensuring high-quality and reliable water, while providing great customer service. The 2023 CHWD annual operating budget is approximately $16 million, and its 2023 Capital Improvement Budget is $8.23 million.


The Senior Accountant is an exempt, advanced journey level professional position responsible for a variety of complex accounting duties including reconciliation of financial transactions such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, general ledger accounting, payroll and monitoring financial transactions. This position will report to the Accounting Manager and may exercise technical and/or functional supervision over assigned professional and technical staff. Some of the essential job duties include preparing and monitoring individual budgets and assisting in the preparation of the overall Distirct budget; preparing journal entries, general ledger and financial statements, with emphasis on the District’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and fixed asset functions; updating and maintaining accurate records of customer accounts and assisting with maintaining the District’s customer information and financial information systems; and preparing bills and notices to CHWD customers and responding to customer inquiries about billing and payments.

The ideal Senior Accountant candidate will possess advanced, journey level experience with complex financial and accounting tasks for a government entity or be a private sector accounting professional desiring to learn in a rapidly evolving, special district environment. In addition, a demonstrated aptitude in budget preparation and monitoring, along with experience in managing payroll processes and procedures, and experience with utility billing will position the next Senior Accountant for success.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, public administration or a related field.

  • Experience: Four years of increasingly complex accounting and finance experience. Experience working with a public agency and/or water utility is desirable, but not required.

  • Licensure: Possession of a Certified Public Accountant license is desirable, but not required by the District.


The salary range for the Senior Accountant is $89,668 to $121,050, with placement in the range made depending on qualifications. In addition, subject to Board direction/approval, District salaries are reviewed annually for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). Retirement is provided through CalPERS, in addition to Social Security contributions. Classic CalPERS members are eligible for 2% @ 55 formula, while PEPRA members are 2% @ 62. Employee pays the employee portion. Optional enrollment in a pre-tax payroll-deducted 457 plan is available and the District offers a 3% employer match, based on annual limits as established by the IRS.

The District also offers a competitive and attractive executive benefits package that includes an innovative Pay for Performance system which is in conjunction with the annual employee performance evaluation. Based on an employee’s performance rating, both merit adjustments and one-time rewards and recognition amounts may be awarded. A .pdf summary of the program can be viewed by clicking on the CHWD - Pay for Performance link on this page.

In addition, the District provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance, observes a 4/40 work schedule, offers generous leave benefits and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional benefit information.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply below as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

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