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Manager, Accounting

Apply now Job no: 539010
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Pomona
Categories: MPP, Finance/Accounting, Full Time

Type of Appointment: Full-time, Management Personnel Plan (MPP II)

Anticipated Salary Range: $102,000 to $112,500 Annually (Commensurate with qualifications and experience)

Benefits Include: (15) Paid Holidays, (24) Vacation Days, Comprehensive Benefits Package 

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Application Review Date: May 15, 2024




Financial Services is responsible for all accounting and finance related activities of the University. Services provided include, but are not limited to, general accounting and financial reporting, disbursements, third party billing/accounts receivable, external audit coordination, tax compliance, student aid accounting, cash receipts/cashiering, cash flow and investment management, PeopleSoft Finance, and capital asset accounting and reporting. The General Accounting and Financial Reporting/Tax unit is responsible for all general accounting, GAAP and financial reporting, tax and related activities of the University. Such activities include, but are not limited to the management, controls, and reporting of the University financial operations, such as third-party accounts receivable/billing, journal entry processing, account reconciliation and analysis, internal and external audits, tax filings, internal controls, and reporting of the Audited Financial Statements of the University. The unit works closely with the Accounts Payable and Student Accounting and Cashiering Services areas; and interfaces with other campus administrative operations, such as the Budget Office, Procurement and Support Services and the Enterprise Applications department. The unit also manages all campus accounting and reporting relationships, including those with the State Controller's Office and the CSU's Chancellor's Office. 




  • Serve as point manager for external auditors, campus auxiliaries, and the Chancellor's Office on external audit engagements to plan, manage, and direct the external audit of the University financial statements. Coordinate and assist with external audit firm inquiries and requests, State auditors, and any internal/CSU related financial audit processes. Prepare and maintain GAAP financial statements in the correct GASB reporting model format for the CSU, review for consistency, accuracy, and comparability. Implement all relevant accounting pronouncements derived from GAAP, GASB, and FASB. Provide auditors with the campus reporting package, financial statement variance analysis, audit schedules and audit documentation. Complete audit package prior to the beginning of field work; including the preparation of working papers to convert Legal basis data into GAAP accrual basis. Analyze and prepare journal entries to record financial data; including faculty accruals, compensated absences, prepaid expenses, library collections, capitalized leases, inventories, reclassification of fund balance clearing accounts, CWIP, capitalization of CWIP, self-insurance claims liability, campus originated long-term debt obligations, and various expenditure accruals. Record a variety of year-end pass down entries from the Chancellor's Office pertaining to long-term debt obligations and pension liabilities.  
  • Plan and ensure that the PeopleSoft accounting system is in compliance with legally mandated accounting and FIRMS requirements, GAAP and GASB standards. Oversee the reconciliation of the PeopleSoft finance system and reports pertaining to asset management, transfers, and capital expenditures on a monthly and annual basis. Monitor and coordinate with various departments regarding resolutions and follow-up for abnormal balances and various documents required to complete the audit package. Develop and implement methods and work procedures to ensure proper accounting classification and reporting of financial data for Legal, FIRMS, GAAP basis of accounting and GASB standards.
  • Oversee the University’s capital asset infrastructure reporting and depreciation requirements in accordance with the CSU Capital Asset Guide in collaboration with Procurement and Support Services. Review the recording of non-equipment related transactions into the Asset Management module, including the tracking of CWIP and donated asset/gift-in-kind activity. Recommend and implement changes and new procedures to facilitate fixed asset capitalization, reconciliation, depreciation and yearend fixed asset reporting requirements. Review monthly journal entries on fixed asset capitalization; including donated assets and gifts-in-kind. Oversee the preparation of the necessary audit documentation and schedules to support current year capital asset activity; including donated assets and gifts-in-kind.  
  • Assess financial statement drafts submitted by auxiliary organizations to reconcile and incorporate auxiliary financial data into the campus financial statement reporting model. Aid in the preparation of SCO GAAP schedules to be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office to help facilitate SCO reporting requirements. 
  • Review and analyze financial reports for compliance with Legal, FIRMS, GAAP and GASB requirements. Review, analyze and reconcile PeopleSoft financial system and reports; bring discrepancies and errors to the attention of the appropriate staff and assist with the preparation of adjusting journal entries.  
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the University’s general ledger accounting functions. Supervise and review a variety of transactional activities and reconciliations, including, but not limited to, financial analysis, Legal journal entries, account reconciliations, SAM99 monthly reconciliation, and accounts receivable/billing monthly reconciliation. Oversee investment and trust accounting policies and practices, including related journal entries and account reconciliations. Oversee monthly, quarterly, and annual general ledger closing process, to ensure timely submission of required legal reporting requirements. Assist with system-wide implementations/modifications of the enterprise accounting system and support software, including on-going maintenance of the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers to ensure all transactions are successfully posted. Develop, implement, and make appropriate changes to internal financial and accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with CSU policies, procedures, and practices.  
  • Oversee the University's tax compliance with respect to nonresident aliens (NRA); which primarily include foreign national students and scholars. Assist with determining tax status of NRA students and scholars, determine appropriate tax treaty benefits, and ensure proper withholding and reporting.  
  • Oversee the University's compliance with all other tax requirements; including, but not limited to, Form 1098-T review in collaboration with Student Accounting and Cashiering, preparation of Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) data to the Chancellor's Office for system-wide reporting, preparation of Form 1042-S for payments made to foreign nationals, possessory interest reporting and taxability of moving and relocation. Review California Dept of Tax and Fee Admin Sales and Use Tax returns and Diesel Tax returns for accuracy. In conjunction with filing the required returns, serve as liaison between the University and Federal and State agencies and resolve issues and answer questions regarding tax regulations.  
  • Communicate and advise appropriate members of the campus community regarding tax law and aid in the preparation and presentation of training sessions on a regular basis. Attend continuing professional education to remain current on new tax laws and issues, and research as appropriate to determine tax liability to the University. Act as a liaison with all external agencies, including the Chancellor's Office and State Controller regarding tax related matters.
  •  Review and make appropriate changes to the University Tax Manual. Coordinate system design regarding tax recording and reporting to ensure compliance. Responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state tax rules and regulations, including the review of current federal and state tax issues, new laws and regulations, and current best business practices.
  • Aid in the continual monitoring of the PeopleSoft finance system to ensure conformity with Legal, FIRMS, GAAP and GASB requirements. Assist in the design, development, update, and maintenance of all applicable procedure manuals, including any campus level desk procedure manuals. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of University Accounting Services and/or by the Associate Vice President of Financial Services to meet the operational needs of University Accounting Services and the University; which may entail research, documentation of department and university procedures to ensure proper internal controls are in place, additional account analysis and reconciliations, implementation of various systems to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of department operations, draft and facilitate campus-wide training over various subjects maintained by University Accounting Services, and aid in the update of the department website.  



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a major in accounting, business administration, finance or closely related field.
  • Four (4) years of professional accounting or audit experience required; including at least two year's of experience in a supervisory role. Experience in financial statement preparation/consolidation, financial reporting and analysis and applying GASB standards for higher education is preferred. Experience in audits for a FASB higher education institution preferred.  
  • Extensive knowledge of public accounting industry standards, Legal, FIRMS, GAAP and GASB standards and basis of accounting. PeopleSoft report writing and demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office programs. Strong analytical and interpretive skills for GAAP financial statement preparation and reporting; including the ability to recognize and anticipate audit issues before they are articulated by external audit firm or others involved in the audit process. Must possess strong problem solving, analytical, organizational and communication skills; with experience in financial analysis and reporting in a higher education environment.



  • Active status as a Certified Public Accountant in California preferred.
  • Master's degree in accounting or finance preferred. 
  • Must possess excellent communication (verbal/written), interpersonal, problem solving, and customer service skills.
  • Experience in a university/non-profit setting using PeopleSoft applications is preferred.
  • Experience in audits for a FASB/GASB higher education institution is desired.
  • MBA or CPA is strongly desired.  




Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Cal Poly Pomona, we are committed to the urgent and ongoing work of creating and sustaining an inclusive campus where all students, faculty, and staff are welcomed, respected and can flourish to achieve their dreams of success.  

We believe diversity strengthens community. Cal Poly Pomona proudly holds designations as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In 2022, the campus launched the Black Thriving Initiative recognizing that Cal Poly Pomona’s future as a university must be linked to the success of its Black community.

More information about our campus initiatives can be found on the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s website


Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.   The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. For more information, go to


Background Check

Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment to final job candidates, pending the satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). The conditional offer of employment may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. In determining the suitability of the candidate for the position, Cal Poly Pomona will give an individualized assessment to any information that the applicant submits for consideration regarding the criminal conviction history such as the nature, gravity and recency of the conviction, the candidate’s conduct, performance or rehabilitation efforts since the conviction and the nature of the job applied for. For more information, go to


Employment Eligibility Verification

Cal Poly Pomona 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 form upon hire.  For more information, go to


Conflict of Interest

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file financial interest disclosure forms subject to state regulations.  For more information, go to   


Outside Employment Disclosure 

Executive and Management Plan Personnel employees must disclose all current outside employment at the time of hire as a precondition of hire and at the following times after hire: annually in July, within 30 days of accepting outside employment, and upon their manager’s request.  For more information, go to   


Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

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. See policy at


Security & Fire Safety 

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for viewing at: and


Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

As a federal contractor, Cal Poly Pomona will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  For more information, see the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision poster.


Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at For more information, go to Employment Notices.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and veteran or military status.  We engage the talents of all qualified workers, regardless of their background. More information is available at Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


Other Notices

For other important employment notices, we invite you to visit Cal Poly Pomona’s Employment Notices web page.

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