Accountant III (530318)

San Diego State University
August 25, 2023
San Diego, CA
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Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Manager of Accounting Services the Accountant III position performs advanced professional accounting work requiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and practices and substantial judgment and discretion.

Duties performed by the Accountant III include but are not limited to the following: assure that assigned accounting reporting systems and procedures are in compliance with established administrative policies and procedures and acceptable accounting standards; interpret financial reports and statements and identify problem areas; prepare complex financial statements and reports; analyze account balances and reconcile balances to external data; analyze accounting control procedures and recommend changes or modifications; recommend and implement changes to the documentation and maintenance of business processes, standards and procedures; provide technical advice and consultation to campus administrators; represent the university to external organizations on specific issues. May provide lead work direction to other professional and/or technical staff.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

Accounting Services is responsible for the analysis, review, recording and reconciliation of all transactional activity received from the subledger modules into the general ledger. Reconciliation of general ledger data is performed on a monthly basis to the highest degree of accuracy. Accounting Services provides assistance to departments, staff, and administrators in understanding and resolving any issues with transactions and department level accounts.

Education and Experience

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 experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Equivalent to five years of professional level accounting experience.

Key Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), office methods and procedures.
  • 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 knowledge of governmental accounting and internal control methods and related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of federal student financial aid annual reporting requirements, and quarterly grant reporting requirements.
  • Ability to prepare complex financial statements and reports; understand and interpret laws and rules. Communicate effectively with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying complex and technical professional accounting information to non-Accountants.
  • Current CPA license preferred.
  • A master's degree in accounting or a related field is preferred.
  • Oracle or similar large ERP system experience is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $6,600 per month.

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here .

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,242 - $10,116 per month.

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here .

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.

SDSU's Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on August 31, 2023. To receive full consideration, apply by August 30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

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 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU 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 SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here .

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate 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 military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Michelle Puentes at .
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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