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Accountant III (Accountant III) - University Corporation

San Francisco State University
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 536607
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Working Title

Accountant III

SF State University

San Francisco State 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. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be 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.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


University Corporation

Appointment Type

This is a one year probationary position

Time Base


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday; from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$6,750.00 - $7,083.00 Per Month ($81,000.00 - $85,000.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under general supervision from the Controller, this position is responsible for the organization, performance, and implementation of various administrative and technical duties in support of the day-to-day operations of the investment portfolio for the auxiliaries. Duties will include interpretation and application of specific operating policies and procedures of the organization, monitoring compliance to those policies and procedures, reconciling, and tracking performance related to investment activities, implementation of shared department goals in collaboration with other functions of the organization, performance of limited research to address complex inquiries, and preparation of applicable financial reports.

Position Information

Monitoring Policies and Procedures and Compliance

  • Work closely with investment managers and ensure adherence to the Board of Directors Approved investment policies.
  • Review and analyze investment strategies and perform related financial analysis.

Reconciliation, Analysis and Monitoring Expenses

  • Prepare monthly investment reconciliation and associated monthly journals.
  • Independently evaluate, certify, and prepare ledger entries in adherence to rules, while guaranteeing that monthly close activities are accomplished promptly and accurately.
  • Review quarterly reporting of cash income distribution & annual reports of market growth/loss allocations.
  • Compile and analyze quarterly reporting of cash income distribution & annual reports of market growth/loss allocations.
  • Develop mechanism to track and manage investments; Track investment attributes for preparing year-end audit footnote disclosures.
  • Under general supervision, prepare year-end audit investment requests.
  • Track monthly and quarterly statements.
  • Prepare and develop audit schedules annually.

Review and Analyze

  • Review all journals for accuracy and completeness prepared by staff and other professional employees engaged in accounting
  • Analyze accounts and make adjusting and accrue journal entries as necessary for assisting the 6666preparation of monthly financial statements
  • Reporting which requires interpretation of data


  • Prepare & deliver presentations of investment results to management and board as requested.
  • Assist and serve as point of contact with endowment reporting with both external and internal organizations.
  • Prepare monthly internal financial reports (Budget vs Actual), balance sheet and income statement
  • Prepare various quarterly and yearly surveys.}

Other duties as assigned

Minimum 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.
  • Ability to assure that assigned accounting reporting systems and procedures are in compliance with established administrative policies and procedures and acceptable accounting standards.
  • Ability to interpret financial reports and statements and identify problem areas.
  • Ability to prepare complex financial statements and reports; analyze account balances and reconcile balances to external data.}

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to handle work priorities and accountability for own work results.
  • Use of independent judgement to make decisions, interpret, and apply a wide range of policies and procedures related to the program area and/or administrative specialties. Standard procedures and practices are followed.
  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures relating to and impacting the applicable program, organizational unit, and/or administrative specialty.
  • Ability to organize and plan work and projects including handling multiple priorities.
  • Ability to compile, write, and present reports related to program or administrative specialty.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the
  • workgroup and serve as a liaison for the organizational unit.
  • Performance of varied or specialized administrative and analytical duties and/or service as a program
  • administrator. Work is reviewed against goals and involves independently planning and performing research and participating in the development, alteration, implementation, and evaluation of the organizational unit’s and/or program's policies and procedures.
  • Contribution to the completion of broader and more complex organizational or program projects and goals. Often provides project leadership or represents the work unit on key projects within and outside the organization.
  • Analyze and address problems using reasoning and the interpretation and application of theories and principles to develop and recommend alternatives and best courses of action.
  • Proficient with Microsoft excel and word applications.
  • Exceptional quantitative and analytical proficiency, including significant financial modeling capabilities
  • Experience working with computerized financial accounting systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • PeopleSoft experience preferred.
  • Serve as the key contact and expert regarding Investment strategies for the organizational unit.
  • Exhibit patience, tact, and sensitivity in interactions with campus community, system-wide level and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Experience in a University or non-profit environment preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

CSU strongly encourages 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 are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Advertised: March 12, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


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