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Job No. 525923 Accountant II

California State University, Bakersfield
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



FT/PT: Full-time

PAY PLAN: 12-month

WORKPLACE TYPE: Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate's experience, education, skills, and training.


    PAY BASIS: Monthly

    BENEFITS: CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more! See our benefits website for additional information.


    CSU requires 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 should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy [] and questions may be sent to

    POSITION PURPOSE: Under the general direction of the Director of Accounting and Reporting Services, the Accountant II performs a full range of professional accounting work and assists with the day-to-day accounting activities. The position performs intermediate-level professional accounting work requiring a comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and governmental accounting standards. This includes independently completing account reconciliations, preparation of journal entries, inter-fund accounting, solving moderate to complex accounting issues, and some financial analysis. This position also maintains tax records and prepares tax returns, related schedules, and related reports as it relates to campus activities.


    General Accounting Duties
    • Analyze and reconcile bank statements, sub-ledgers, reports, and financial records.
    • Recommend and prepare adjustments, journal entries, reports, and expenditure transfers and chargebacks.
    • Analyze transactions for correct coding and assignment of revenues and expenditures.
    • Review expenditure transfers for appropriate authorizations, allowable legal accounting, completeness, and concise support documentation.
    • Review and reconcile due to/from accounts between campus and auxiliary organizations. Ensure all inter-company transactions are properly recorded in each respective entity on a timely basis.
    • Prepare miscellaneous reconciliations monthly for various balance sheet accounts.
    • Develop and maintain detailed schedules for capitalized assets, depreciation, and Construction/Work-in-Progress (CWIP).
    • Maintain and reconcile fixed asset management system to the general ledger. Ensure all fixed asset reporting to State Controller's Office is accurate by state fund.
    • Complete schedules for various funds and accounts for the annual audit.
    • Perform/assist with converting legal basis accounting records to GAAP basis financial statements.
    • Prepare GAAP financial statements, supporting schedules, and footnotes.
    • Maintain accurate financial records.
    • Provide training, guidance, and assistance to other professional and/or technical staff as needed.

    Tax Related Duties
    • Prepare monthly use-tax chargebacks for Pro-card purchases and complete filing of quarterly or annual sales and use tax returns for the university.
    • Compile and review data for the annual Unrelated Business Income tax return.
    • Prepare non-resident filing and Information reporting on Federal Form 1042 and State forms 592 and 592B for the university.
    • Coordinate all tax related reporting, requests for tax information, and correspondence for the university.

    Other Accounting Duties
    • Study, develop, and standardize procedures and policies to improve efficiency and ensure sound financial practices.
    • Provide service to customers by answering questions, providing information, making referrals, and assuring appropriate ugh and/or resolution.


    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Equivalent to a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance or a closely related field and equivalent to two (2) years of progressively responsible ac experience OR a combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

    • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
    • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) governmental accounting standards, office methods and procedures.
    • Ability to present statistical and mathematical 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 legal-basis accounting and internal control methods and related laws, rules, and regulations.
    • Ability to prepare complex financial statements and reports.
    • Ability to understand and interpret laws and rules.
    • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply financial policies and procedures.
    • Ability to make decisions and recommendations regarding accounting activities using appropriate judgement and critical thinking.
    • Ability to convey technical information regarding accounting activities to non-Accountants.
    • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
    • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
    • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
    • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
    • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
    • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
    • Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
    • Must be able to work occasional holidays and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.

    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    • Master's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field.
    • Two (2) years of prior tax experience in a CPA Accounting firm or other related accounting environment.
    • Experience with Fixed Asset Management system and/or PeopleSoft accounting environment.
    • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service centered attitude.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: SEDENTARY WORK – involves mainly sitting; minimal walking and standing; lifting light weight objects limited to 15 pounds.



    SCREENING: Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

    CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES UNION: It shall be the policy of the CSU in filling vacant CSUEU bargaining Units 2, 5, 7 & 9 positions to fill such vacancies from among qualified individuals currently employed on-campus except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet campus workforce diversity goals or to provide specialized skills and abilities that are not available from current employees.

    BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) 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.

    SENSITIVE POSITION: Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.


    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: A "designated position" in the CSU's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

    GENERAL INFORMATION: It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment. You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

    EEO STATEMENT: California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.


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