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Accountant II

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Department: Financial Services
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Full Time

    • Position Summary
    • This recruitment is being handled by an outside agency.  Please also visit:

      Full-time position available on or after July 18, 2022 in Financial Services.

      Under minimal supervision of the University Accounting Manager, this position applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information, interprets new and existing federal and state regulations; performs complex professional and technical accounting functions for the University and its related entities; reconciles accounting records, meets required deadlines, creates financial reports to meet operational needs; provides consultative services to supervisors in resolving accounting problems and other financial duties as listed. This position is a journey level professional accountant performing a full range of accounting skills while applying policies, governmental accounting standards and generally accepted accounting principles and practices to university and auxiliary financial activities.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Reconcile and analyze general ledger accounts within appropriate guidelines including but not limited to bank reconciliation, State Controller and Chancellor’s Office transactions, self supporting funds, federal and state student financial aid, grants for state supported, trust, foundation, and auxiliary entities.
      • Apply problem solving skills and implement resolutions including process improvements and general ledger corrections.
      • Recommend policy and procedural changes within generally accepted accounting standards, and GASB and FASB regulations.
      • Participate in month and year end accounting close processes, including journal preparation and entry, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of financial data, Statement of Revenues and Expenses and Statement of Net Assets preparation and analysis in assigned area of responsibility.
      • Make recommendations for problem solving as appropriate, including complex accounting analysis involving multiple feeder systems.
      • Reconciliation of PeopleSoft subsystems to general ledger.
      • Year end accruals, related reversals and required reporting.
      • Preparation of GAAP PBCs and related journal entries at year end. 
      • Research, analyze, collaborate with others and resolve financial data questions for internal and external users.
      • Prepare and analyze audit documentation as needed for internal and external audits and investigations.
      • Respond, provide advice and explain to campus community, directors, agencies, financial services staff, and external agencies general accounting questions relative to CSU standards, GASB, FASB, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
      • Create, update, and maintain chart fields, trees, and closes processes in PeopleSoft.
      • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external customers.
      • Prepare and timely submission of reports as required by external and internal entities to include but not limited to IRS, State of California, Chancellor’s Office, and the State Controller’s Office.
      • Cross train and “back up” other accountants.
      • Other duties as assigned.

    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education: Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance or a closely related field OR a combination of education and additional experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

      Experience: Equivalent to two years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field with accounting course work of 15 units.
      • Experience/working knowledge of governmental and/or non-profit accounting methods and related laws, rules and regulations.
      • Experience with PeopleSoft, Query, and databases or similar software systems.
      • Experience with higher education and its related auxiliary organizations.
      • Demonstrated experience and ability to monitor the day to day financial activities in an accounting system of an auxiliary operation or a major segment of the University accounting system.
      • Ability to prepare ad-hoc financial reports using database query tools.
      • Experience with tax preparation including 1099s, sales and use tax, UBIT, state and federal withholding.
      • Ability to generate and interpret financial statements and reports.
      • Ability to operate a 10 key calculator.
      • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple ongoing projects.
      • Demonstrated ability to manage financial projects or financial aspects of grants.
      • Demonstrated ability to train, guide and assist other employees in related areas of responsibility.
      • Ability to comply with CSU policies and procedures.
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PeopleSoft or similar system.

    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
      • Thorough knowledge of office methods and procedures.
      • Thorough knowledge of statistical and mathematical presentation of data.
      • Advanced proficiency with current word processing and spreadsheet software programs, web browsers, query tools, integrated financial systems and/or other types of records management systems.
      • General understanding of internal control methods.
      • Working knowledge of federal student financial aid annual reporting requirements, and quarterly grant reporting requirements.
      • Ability to interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines.
      • Ability to analyze financial and statistical data and draw conclusions.
      • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
      • Ability to apply accounting principles to the analysis of complex accounting problems.
      • Ability to analyze and interpret accounting data.
      • Ability to prepare clear, accurate financial statements and reports.
      • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques in finding solutions to complex accounting problems.
      • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and principles.
      • Ability to make decisions and recommendations regarding accounting activities.
      • Ability to communicate effectively with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying technical information to non-Accountants.

    • Special Conditions
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:

    • Salary Range
    • Anticipated salary will be $4,161 – $4,993 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. (Full Accountant II range: $4,161 - $8,030 per month)
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Bargaining Unit: 9 Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • How to Apply
    • This recruitment is being handled by an outside agency. To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a 1) a cover letter that addresses the position’s responsibilities and qualifications; 2) a current résumé or CV; and 3) the contact information for at least three professional references.  To apply online, please visit:


      Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding.  Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.

    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER JULY 5, 2022 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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