Accountant II, Financial Reporting

Job description




San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on February 7, 2018. To receive full consideration, apply by February 6, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

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Position Information


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.

Under the supervision of the Manager of Financial Reporting, the incumbent has responsibility for assisting with the external financial reporting activities of the University. Primary among these responsibilities is assisting in the maintenance of the University’s GAAP reporting ledger. Within that responsibility, the incumbent will assist in ensuring the GAAP ledger and its values are properly aligned with the values in the University’s Legal accounting ledger, which uses the modified cash basis of accounting. In addition, the incumbent will prepare a significant number of complex journal entries each year to be recorded in the GAAP ledger to ensure the University’s external reporting package is in compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards.

In addition to assisting with the maintenance of the GAAP ledger, the incumbent is also responsible for assisting with the annual external financial statement audit. Therefore, the incumbent is expected to prepare various schedules and other information as requested by the University’s external auditors prior to the start of the auditors’ fieldwork. During the auditors’ fieldwork, the incumbent will assist in providing the auditors with the documentation required to complete their tests.

Annually, the Athletics program is required to have certain agreed-upon procedures performed by an external independent accountant in compliance with NCAA guidelines. The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Athletics Department and the Manager of Financial Reporting with the process of having those procedures performed by the external independent accountant.

The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the University’s capital assets subsidiary ledger. In this capacity, the incumbent is expected to record and reconcile transactions routinely in the subsidiary ledger. In addition, the incumbent will need to meet with various departments on campus that are integral to maintaining the subsidiary ledger, which has over $818 million of net capital assets recorded.


Compensation and Benefits


Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,600 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,161 - $7,349 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




Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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 two years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Ability to create complex Excel macros and data pivots to maximize reconciliation and journal entry preparation efficiency. Ability to create/modify reports using database access and SQL retrieval tools such as Hyperion/Brio and Crystal Reports.
  • Ability to prepare complex financial statements, such as the Statement of Cash Flows, and complex journal entries. Experience interacting with external auditors and possesses the ability to provide accurate and succinct answers to their inquiries.
  • Ability to manage a significant workload with multiple deliverables by prioritizing assignments.
  • Four years of progressively responsible governmental accounting experience, preferably in the higher education industry.
  • Experience working with the Oracle eBusiness Suite.
  • It is preferred that the incumbent possesses an active license as a Certified Public Accountant.


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here.

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099.

General Information

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. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Job No: 6520
Posted: 1/24/2018
Application Due: 3/25/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Starting salary not expected to exceed $5600/month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4161-$7349/mon