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Accountant III

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 23, 2021

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Accountant III

Job No: 509290
Work Type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Full Time

Accountant III

Posting Details

Priority Application Deadline (Posting will remain open until filled): Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Senior Director, this position performs advanced professional accounting work requiring extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); comprehensive understanding of accounting practices and a working knowledge of federal student financial aid and grant reporting.

This includes detailed examination of the complex University and Auxiliary Organization financial records for completeness and accuracy in conformance with established policies and procedures dictated by State Controller's Office (SCO), Chancellor's Office (CO), Integrated CSU Administrative Manual (ICSUAM), GAAP and University Policies.

This position requires substantial independence, judgement and discretion and provides expertise, lead work direction and oversight to other professional and technical staff.

The position requires the independent analysis, maintenance and reconciliation of complex accounting records. This position will coordinate the preparation of Legal, GAAP, Single Audit, NCAA and other financial statements, reports and supporting documentation and will serve as the primary contact for internal and external auditors.

FLSA: Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,899 - $9,454 per month

Hiring Range: $4,899 - $6,225 per month

Recruitment Type: Regular (probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 month

Work Hours: M-F, 8am - 5pm, with other hours as required.

Department Information

Accounting Services is responsible for Sacramento State's financial record keeping, ensuring that the University operates in compliance with standard accounting and regulatory practices.

The staff processes comprehensive, accurate and timely financial information for reporting and management decision making, and conducts financial transactions such as expenditure transfers, chargebacks, cost recovery and assignment of General Ledger chart strings.

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.


In addition to those at the Accountant I and II levels, 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.


Equivalent to five years of professional level 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.

Required Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of GAAP including varied technical accounting principles and practices used in the most difficult and complex financial record keeping and reporting.
  2. Knowledge of governmental and/or fund accounting principles and procedures and accounting system requirements and procedures.
  3. Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of the accounting and budgeting system and program areas.
  4. Principles of budget preparation, analysis, and monitoring.
  5. Knowledge of procedures, policies, rules, and practices affecting the development, maintenance, and control of fiscal record keeping systems including Microsoft office applications and functions such as pivot tables, charts, and graphs.
  6. Knowledge of methods and techniques of auditing, verifying, balancing, and reconciling accounting records.
  7. Knowledge of principles and practices used in establishing and maintaining files and information retrieval systems.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and communicate effectively with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying complex and technical professional accounting information to non-Accountants.
  • Ability to organize and plan work and projects while handling multiple priorities.
  • Ability to understand and troubleshoot issues from the financial systems.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring attention to detail.
  • Ability to train others on new skills and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain a strong customer focus while working in a fast-paced environment with a heavy workload, ongoing deadlines and frequent interruptions.

  • Skills
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Conditions of Employment:

    Ability to successfully pass a background check.

    Preferred Qualifications
    1. Working knowledge of Federal, State, California State University (CSU) and Sacramento State practices, policies and procedures.
    2. Experience working in Higher Education, preferably the California State University system.
    3. Experience working with PeopleSoft/Oracle Financial System applications.
    4. Experience testing new or upgraded software/application functionality.
    5. Experience conducting various presentations/training sessions.

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Resume and cover letter. Failure to upload these documents to the online application may result in disqualification.

    About Sac State

    Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to" href="">student success," href="">diversity, equity and inclusion," href="">community engagement," href="">philanthropy, and" href="">campus safety.

    As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

    To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

    Background Check Disclaimer

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

    It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

    The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

    Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
    The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Certification 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 and questions may be sent to
    Eligibility Verification
    Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).

    Note to Applicants:

    Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

    Advertised: December 22, 2021 (3:10 PM)
    Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

    To apply, visit

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