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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1211

Class Designation: Civil Service

June 1988

Representation Unit: Engineers Assoc. &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Account Clerk


Under supervision, performs clerical work of average difficulty in connection with keeping or reviewing financial or statistical records; receives and receipts for money; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Account Clerk is distinguished from a Senior Account Clerk in that the incumbent is not responsible for assigning or reviewing the work of others. An Account Clerk is distinguished from a Typist Clerk in that the incumbents' typing duties are incidental rather than principal to the position and the statistical records kept by Typist Clerks do not involve the knowledge and application of basic accounting techniques.

Examples Of Duties

  • Opens, verifies, balances, or adjusts accounts such as general ledger, payroll, bonds and grants;
  • maintains subsidiary ledgers;
  • posts, assembles, tabulates and compares financial data;
  • prepares or checks invoices, time records, requisitions, purchase orders and similar fiscal documents;
  • issues, transfers and cancels bonds;
  • keeps various financial records requiring the use of some judgment in choosing froma limited number of alternatives;
  • compares, schedules, indexes, and files bills, vouchers, warrants, bonds and other records;
  • makes arithmetical calculations and checks various statistical or accounting tables and reports;
  • verifies and enters data into computer;
  • assists in preparing and may type accounting statistical reports, payrolls and schedules;
  • operates office equipment such as adding machines, calculators, and computers;
  • receives and receipts for money paid over the counter;
  • balances cash drawer;
  • keeps records of cash transactions and/or receipts issued;
  • interacts with other City employees vendors and the public to answer questions or refer questions to appropriate source.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
  • The practices of financial record keeping including elementary bookkeeping;
  • General office practices and familiarity with the operation of fiscal office equipment;
  • English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to:
  • Carry out assigned work without close supervision;
  • Make arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately;
  • Type accurately;
  • Maintain accurate, clear financial and statistical records;
  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing;
  • Follow oral and written directions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, vendors and the public.
  • Experience

    Two years of experience in the maintenance of financial records, including experience in one or more of the following areas; accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, trial balance, journal voucher preparation, ledger control.


    Equivalent to graduation from high school, preferably including or supplemented by courses in bookkeeping or financial record keeping.