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Accountant II (Accountant II) - University Corporation

Apply now Job no: 540577
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Working Title

Accountant II

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

$5,800.00 - $6,500.00 Per Month ($69,600.00 - $78,000.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under general direction of Controller for The University Corporation, SF State, this Accountant II position prepares accounting transactions for month-end and year-end close, responsible for analyzing and reconciling accounts, reviewing and preparing journal entries, tagging and accounting for fixed assets for the auxiliaries, and monitoring compliance to those policies and procedures and performance of limited research to address complex inquiries. This position is also responsible for assisting with the preparation of tax documents, preparing documents for year-end audit, and preparing ad hoc analysis as required.

Position Information

Prepare Accounting transaction

  • Prepare monthly and year-end journals and assist with preparing lead schedules for year-end audit
  • Independently reconcile, correct, and analyze general ledger accounts while guaranteeing that monthly close activities are accomplished promptly and accurately
  • Reporting which requires interpretation of data
  • 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 preparation of monthly financial statements

Fixed Assets 

  • Tag assets
  • Manage inventory process and recommend improvements in administering the inventory process bi-annually
  • Maintain and update depreciation schedules for the auxiliaries

Donor Contribution Reconciliation 

  • Reconcile donor contributions recorded for the auxiliaries
  • Compare reconcile G/L account with development system

Tax reporting and compliance 

  • Reconcile and Prepare Sales and Use Tax for California Departemnt of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) for the auxiliaries
  • Independently responsible for completing sections of 990 assigned.
  • Recommend improvements in capturing information needed to report

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Thorough 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 understanding of internal control methods
  • Equivalent to two years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience
  • 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
  • Ability to interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines; apply accounting principles to the analysis of complex accounting problems; analyze and interpret accounting and statistical data; prepare clear, accurate financial statements and reports; utilize problem-solving techniques in finding solutions to complex accounting problems; understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and principles; make decisions and recommendations regarding accounting activities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying technical information to non-accountants

Preferred Qualifications

General understanding of accounting principles for non-profit and governmental accounting (i.e. FASB and GASB)

Experience working with audits and preparing audit schedules

Experience preparing and posting journal entries

Five years accounting experience preferred performing full charge bookkeeping

Demonstrated experience reviewing investment statements and reconciling investment accounts

Advanced computer skills with computer applications (i.e., excel, word, access, financial accounting software)

Demonstrated ability to work independently

Experience managing colleagues, workloads, and deadlines

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.

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