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Senior Accountant (Accountant II or III)

Apply now Job no: 512749
Work type: Staff
Location: Chico
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

Job/Department Summary:

Are you interested in expanding your accounting skills in an environment that provides high quality training, welcomes diversity, and strives for inclusion? Is working for a highly respected university, which values life/work balance important to you? If the answer is yes, you may wish to consider a career at California State University, Chico! The University is currently seeking an experienced and eager Senior Accountant in the department of Financial Accounting and Reporting.

ACCOUNTANT II: Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) provides a complete package of University-related financial services that ultimately contributes to the compilation of the University financial statements and the related reporting cycle to the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the California State Controller’s Office. Under general supervision of the Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting, the Accountant II independently performs complex professional level accounting tasks that are informed by a thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The Accountant II is integral in continuous evaluation of existing operational practices and adaptation that may be necessary to maintain compliance with ever changing general and governmental accounting standards. The incumbent will apply knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of the accounting profession; classifying, examining, and analyzing financial transactions, as well as advanced proficiencies with spreadsheet applications, querying data analysis tools, and general ledger of multi-module integrated accounting systems. Responsibilities include month-end close, which entails correction and reconciliation of University financial transactions, auxiliary enterprise fund accounting, providing guidance for accounting problems and application of accounting standards for both colleagues in the FAR department as well as financial budget representatives in campus departments.

ACCOUNTANT III: Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) provides a complete package of University-related financial services that ultimately contributes to the compilation of the University financial statements and the related reporting cycle to the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the California State Controller’s Office. Working independently, under general direction of the Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting, the Accountant III independently performs complex professional level accounting tasks that are informed by a comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The Accountant III is integral in continuous evaluation of existing operational practices and adaptation that may be necessary to maintain compliance with ever changing general and governmental accounting standards. The incumbent will apply knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of the accounting profession; classifying, examining, and analyzing financial transactions, as well as advanced proficiencies with spreadsheet applications, querying data analysis tools, and general ledger of multi-module integrated accounting systems. Responsibilities include month-end close, which entails correction and reconciliation of University financial transactions, auxiliary enterprise fund accounting, providing guidance for accounting problems and application of accounting standards for both colleagues in the FAR department as well as financial budget representatives in campus departments.

Mandatory Vaccinations:

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully immunized against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption.  Selected candidates should be prepared to comply with this requirement.

Preferences:

Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills: 

  • Bilingual
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • CPA/CPA candidate
  • Experience in accounting related to GAAP financial statement audit and audit workpaper preparation
  • Experience with month/fiscal year close processes
  • Experience with a multi-module accounting system or specific experience in general and subsidiary ledgers
  • Advanced use and experience with MS Excel creating complex spreadsheets for large data sets
  • Experience with the creation of data queries and analysis

Required Education and Experience:

ACCOUNTANT II:

Equivalent to two years of professional level accounting experience.

AND

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.

ACCOUNTANT III:

Equivalent to five years of professional level accounting experience.

AND

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.

Time Base: Full-time- 1.0

Pay Plan: 12/12

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Summer - Mon-Thurs 7:00am-5:30pm. Part-time telework is available for this position. 

Salary and Benefits Information:

ACCOUNTANT II:

$4,452 - $8,592 per month / $53,424 - $103,104 annually (Initial placement within the salary range for new employees is contingent upon education and experience).

ACCOUNTANT III:

$5,242 - $10,116 per month / $62,904 - $121,392 annually (Initial placement within the salary range for new employees is contingent upon education and experience).

This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance).  For more information please visit https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/careers/benefits/Documents/employee-benefits-summary.pdf

Additional Information:

California State University, Chico, in accordance with CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a background check (including a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check, and/or fingerprinting) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive. This position is considered a sensitive position based on CSU guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century. 

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that California State University, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. 

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.

Chico State is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 11/14/22. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

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