Accountant II

California State University, Stanislaus
Stanislaus - Turlock

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 531704
Department: Financial Services
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Position SummaryFull-time position available on or after December 1, 2023 for Financial Services.

Under minimal supervision of the Auxiliary 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 DutiesDuties include but are not limited to:
  • Reconcile and analyze general ledger accounts within appropriate guidelines including but not limited to State Controller, Chancellor’s Office, Self-Support Funds, Federal and State Student Financial Aid, grants for state supported, Trusts, 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; recommendations for problem solving as appropriate and including complex accounting analysis involving complex accounting analysis involving multiple feeder systems. Reconciliation of PeopleSoft subsystems to General Ledger. Year-end accruals, related reversals and required reporting. Preparation of Audit PBCs, GAAP PBCs and related journal entries at year end.
  • Maintain computer system processes and structure for financial systems including feeder systems. Develop process and interpret system generated data resulting in excel, Data Warehouse and other financial reports as necessary and in accordance with policies, procedures, GASB and FASB guidelines, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Prepare and explain reports from Data Warehouse. Extensive work may be required in the evaluation and development of various reporting models to provide financial data to stakeholders and management.
  • 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. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Assist, evaluate, record and maintain budgets for the University and its related Auxiliary organizations.
  • Preparation 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 with and “back up” other Accountants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum QualificationsEducation: 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
  • 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. Ability to prepare ad-hoc financial reports using database query tools.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Experience with higher education and its related auxiliary organizations.
    • 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 identify actual or potential problems and recommend corrective or preventative action.
    • Ability to assure the proper recording and documentation of financial transactions.
    • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple ongoing projects.
    • Ability and experience 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 generate, analyze and interpret accounting data, financial statements, reports and records and make financial and budget projections.
    • Ability to comply with CSU policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
    • Thorough knowledge of office methods,procedures and use of computers in accounting functions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Ability to train, guide and assist other employees in related areas of responsibility.

  • Salary RangeAnticipated salary will be $4,452 – $5,510 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. (Full Accountant II range: $4,452 - $8,592 per month)Compensation & BenefitsCommensurate 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 15 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: 9) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    How to ApplyTo be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

    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 DeadlineOPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 2, 2023 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    Criminal Background Clearance NoticeSatisfactory 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 InformationCampus & 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 CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.

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


    Advertised: September 15, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled



    The California State Legislature established Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the 15th campus of the California State University (CSU) system. The first classes were conducted in September 1960 in buildings at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, located in the state’s fertile Central Valley. The college moved 1.5 miles north in 1965 to its permanent 228-acre site following construction of its first major facilities. The picturesque current site of the University is graced by 35 modern buildings, and with more than 4,500 trees, representing 50 species, it is the region’s largest designated urban forest.

    The initial classroom building housed facilities for art, music, drama and the sciences in addition to providing classrooms for lectures. The library, a companion project to the classroom building, was later named the Vasché Library in memory of the university's founding president, Dr. J. Burton Vasché. In 1985, the college was officially renamed California State University, Stanislaus by action of the State Legislature and the Board of Trustees of the California State University. A renovation of the Vasché Library is in the design stages. In addition, a student funded $52 million student center renovation project is underway, with the new facility scheduled to open in spring, 2020.

    Our 10,003 students (8,521 FTEs) are served by 1,896 employees, including 645 faculty (252 tenure or tenure track), providing a student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1 and a tenure density of 60.4%. More than 80% of full-time faculty members hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University’s primary service area is a 10,000-square-mile region that encompasses Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and Calaveras Counties. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, Stanislaus State is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has earned 12 specialized accreditations, including the College of Business Administration, College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work, and nursing, art, theater and music programs

    Serving the San Joaquin Valley, the University is a critical educational resource for the six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University offers a rich mix of 43 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate programs (15 master’s programs, seven post-graduate credentials and a doctorate in educational leadership).

    Stanislaus State also operates an off-campus center at University Park in Stockton, 43 miles northwest of the main campus, with a current enrollment of almost 650 students.

    In 2009, the Board of Trustees approved the new Campus Master Plan Revision and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report, which had not been reevaluated since 1968.  The new master plan envisions the future growth of the campus to serve 12,000 FTE students, while maintaining the quality and character of the campus environment.

    Home of the Warriors, Stanislaus State fields 14 men’s and women’s athletic teams that compete at the NCAA Division II level. The Warriors have claimed 12 national championships in men’s golf and two in baseball, in addition to the 24 individual national titles won by Warrior athletes.

    Over the years, Stanislaus State has developed into a major presence in the region and continues to play a prominent role in the economy of the Central Valley.

    Stanislaus State has received many recent accolades, recognizing the University for its quality, affordability and access. For example, the U.S. Department of Education placed Stanislaus State on its 2016 list of institutions notable for advancing student outcomes, National Public Radio (2016) ranked Stanislaus State #5 in the nation for upward mobility of its students, Washington Monthly (2018) ranked Stanislaus State the #1 “Bang for Your Buck” four-year college in the West Region and Money Magazine (2018) ranked Stanislaus State in its national “Best Colleges for the Money” category for the 23rd consecutive year, moving the University into its top 50. In addition, the University has been selected as one of the country’s top 384 colleges by The Princeton Review for 13 consecutive years and U.S. News & World Reports ranked Stan State among the top 10 public universities in the Western region in 2018, in addition to being ranked #48 overall. Many national rankings have recognized Stanislaus State’s excellence for many years, including several publications that have ranked Stan State consistently high for more than a decade.

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    (209) 667-3122
    One University Circle

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