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Accountant Trainee


The salary not being exposed by the employer means that you can negotiate based on the company's approach to employee job enrichment and job crafting. Although the job is based in California, it is a remote job that allows you to work from any location that suits you. The job offer for Accountant Trainee was made available on December 26, 2023, and it will end on March 25, 2024. Have you thought about whether full time work is a good match for your long-term career aspirations?

Job Description and Duties

This position provides a full range of support for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in accounting services, and for the Medi-Cal Policy and Medi-Cal Operations divisions. This includes establishing Liens/Levies upon Medi-Cal providers for other government agencies, processing Checkwrites, Contracts, PO & SO payments and Government Claims Board. In addition, the incumbent must be able to work effectively with the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal).

The incumbent will work in the Support Payables Claims Payment Team associated with the accounting activities.

This is a re-advertisement of JC-397896. If you previously applied under JC-397896, you would need to re-apply under this new Job Control, JC-409128 in order to be considered.

This is position is eligible for telework. Please refer to the duty statement attached below and the “Working Conditions” section on this Job Control for additional information.

This recruitment has been posted for more vacancies than currently exist as it may be used to fill additional identical vacancies which occur within 180 days of the closing date of this bulletin.

If you are interested in this position, it is critical to review the Classification Specifications to determine if you will meet the minimum qualifications (MQ’s). Please make note of Education and Experience requirements for the classification. The Classification Specification and MQ’s can be found here: Accounting Officer Series – CalHR.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Telework is based on operational needs for employees who can perform their essential functions remotely and/or whose duties are conducive to teleworking per DHCS’ Telework Policy and in accordance with Government Code Sections 14200 – 14203 for employees residing in California.
Should the incumbent need to report to an office, they will need to report to DHCS office location: 1501 Capitol Ave. Sacramento, CA 95814.

Job Code #: JC-409128 Position #(s): 808-410-4179-700 Working Title: Support Payables Processor (Telework Option) Classification: ACCOUNTANT TRAINEE $4,065.00 - $4,847.00 A
Work Location: Sacramento County Telework: Hybrid Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

DHCS is California’s health care safety net, helping millions of low-income and disabled Californians each and every day. DHCS' purpose is to provide equitable access to quality health care leading to a healthy California for all. To accomplish this, DHCS finances and administers state and federal health programs, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services, and long-term care. DHCS is a dynamic department with ambitious goals and talented, committed employees. We work hard every day to fulfill our vital responsibility to support the delivery of quality health care to Californians.

DHCS is committed to addressing disparities with our organization and in our communities through efforts toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is accomplished, in part, by a commitment toward employing a diverse workforce which reflects the many communities we serve, and by promoting and enforcing equal employment opportunities.
The Fiscal Program’s Financial Management Division (FMD) works to accomplish DHCS’s mission by ensuring the fiscal integrity, transparency and accountability of approximately $144.2 billion annually in state and federal funding. This is accomplished by overseeing the financial operations of DHCS, including financial reporting, resource management, and budget development and oversight. FMD provides guidance and consultation to programs on funding needs, expenditures, including contracts and purchasing, and audit support, while ensuring funds are accurately reported.

Special Requirements

Interested candidates must meet educational requirements.

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: 1/5/2024

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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:

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Department of Health Care Services Attn: Attention: Certification Technician JC-409128M.S. 1300 P.O. Box 997411 Sacramento, CA 95899-7411

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Health Care Services Attention: Certification Technician JC-409128 1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 71.1501 Sacramento, CA 95814 Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) 08:00 AM - 04:00 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 required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications - A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your STD. 678 in order to be considered for this position. Please see the Statement of Qualifications Instructions Section below for additional information.
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.

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:
  • Ability to manage multiple and/or changing priorities in a fast placed deadlines driven environment with time sensitive projects and be able to follow through to ensure deadlines are met
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work effectively while also being flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to work independently


Joining the Claims Payment Team will open the door to diverse learning opportunities that are highly valuable in developing your knowledge in accounting particularly in the Account Payables Section. If you would like to become part of a unified, cohesive team, and are open to learning something new, then join us as this opportunity may be for you. Telework opportunities may be available for this position.

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

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Meliza Alvarez
(916) 345-7287
[email protected]

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 440-7370
[email protected]

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.

Statement of Qualification Instructions Section

Applicants must include a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for this recruitment. The SOQ is a narrative discussion prepared by the applicant describing how their skills, knowledge, abilities, education, training, and experience, qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of the applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The DHCS may not consider applicants who fail to provide an SOQ with their application. Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.
The SOQ must be typed, numbered, no more than two pages in length, Arial font size 12, with 1” margins, single-spaced, including your first and last name at the top right corner of the page.
  • Describe how your education and work experience makes you qualified for this position. Provide specific examples demonstrating how your skills and knowledge will allow you to be successful for this specific position.

Additional Information

Using the online application system as specified in the announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel delivery or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.

Paper applications must include a signature. Dates printed on envelopes by mobile barcodes or equivalent mobile print technology are not acceptable proof of the date the application and any other required documents or materials were filed.

A completed state application (STD. 678) and any documents list under “Required Application Documents” must be submitted with your application package. Applicants who are relying on additional documentation (e.g., transcripts, copy of degrees, certifications, licenses, etc.) in order to prove that they meet the minimum qualifications listed in the Classification Specification (located on the right under “Additional Documentation) must submit those documents with their application package. Failure to submit these documents may result in your application being disqualified. Applications must include a description of the duties performed for each position held; reference to a resume in place of a description of the duties performed will not be accepted. Applicants must state their basis of eligibility (List Eligibility, Lateral Transfer, Reinstatement, T&D, or Surplus/SROA), and the Job Control (JC) number and/or position number in the “Examination(s) or Job Title(s), For Which You Are Applying” section on the STD. 678. Surplus/SROA candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth, etc.) as well as any information regarding your LEAP eligibility and/or exam scores from your documents prior to submission.

Here is the link to the exam bulletin for Accountant Trainee.

If applying electronically, please note that CalCareers no longer allows applicants to withdraw their applications. If you need assistance to withdraw your application, please contact the Recruitment Section at [email protected].

For all other questions regarding your CalCareer account, please contact CalHR’s CalCareers Unit at (866) 844-8671 or [email protected].

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.

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