Accounting Roles and Responsibilities

The Fiscal Systems and Consulting Unit (FSCU) is responsible for devising, supervising and maintaining a modern uniform state accounting system; setting statewide fiscal and accounting policies and procedures; and providing fiscal and accounting training, advice, and consulting services. The unit serves in the following:

  • Develops accounting policy, maintains the State Administrative Manual, Manual of State Funds, and chart of accounts for accounting, reporting and budgetary purposes.
  • Development, implementation, utilization, and transition to the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal).
  • Provides ongoing support, training, instructions, and guidance to departments using FI$Cal and other fiscal systems.
  • Identifies and allocates statewide general administrative costs to other funds, reports, training, and federal resources.
  • Administers the Cash Management Improvement Act – Federal regulations and state policies for departments receiving federal funds.

FSCU utilizes the Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems) and the Accounting Analyst classification series to perform analytical and consultative duties. As an analyst in FSCU you will assist in establishing and implementing the vision of a premier accounting consulting entity including the following:

  • Proactively develop and set sound fiscal and accounting policies and processes.
  • Represent and negotiate on behalf of the state on various accounting issues.
  • Advocate the state’s accounting interests in various venues, including national accounting conferences and forums.
  • Provide a forum for the state’s accountants to exchange ideas and address common interests and concerns.
  • Ensure the state’s accounting workforce is well trained and skilled.
  • Lead or participate in task forces in solving complex accounting problems.

The positions in FSCU require the ability to understand and apply the core values of Finance and to follow instructions and work under pressure to meet deadlines. Analysts are required to have a comprehensive knowledge of accounting systems and financial organizations; exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action and originality; demonstrate tact and exercise sound judgment that recognizes the best interests of the state and Finance; communicate effectively; develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships; easily adapt to changing priorities; work as part of a team; and maintain regular, consistent and predictable attendance in the performance of these specific functions.

As a FSCU analyst you will assist in developing accounting and operational procedures or policies, and participate in analytical studies and improvement projects that require knowledge of the state’s accounting principles and practices. In addition to accounting policy, you will be involved with developing training materials and conducting formal classroom training, providing outreach, and training and consultation services to departmental accounting offices to support the ongoing development and implementation of FI$Cal.

The Assistant Administrative Analyst and Accounting Analyst are the entry level to the series. These Analysts, under supervision, independently makes the less difficult studies or assists others in making major studies of the accounting systems and financial organization, policies, procedures, and practices of state departments and prepares reports containing recommendations.

  • The Associate Administrative Analyst, under general supervision, will make studies of the accounting systems and financial organization, policies, procedures, and practices of state departments, prepares reports containing recommendations, and provides consultative services to departments.
  • The Staff Administrative Analyst, under general direction, provides consultative services to departments, studies of accounting systems, policies, procedures, and training. Prepares reports and recommendations pertaining to fiscal matters and policies and procedures.
  • The Senior Administrative Analyst, under general direction as a lead, plans, assigns, and reviews work of subordinate administrative analysts. Analyzes the more complex financial policies, procedures and financial systems. Prepares reports and recommendations on the most complex accounting systems.
  • The Supervising Administrative Analyst, under general direction supervises, plans, directs, and coordinates the work of analysts in the development and installations of accounting systems, the studies of fiscal problems, and provides consultation services to departments.

More information on exams and minimum qualifications is available on the California Department of Human Resources’s website.

For additional information or questions regarding the Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems) classification, please contact the Department of Finance, FSCU at