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Senior Director of Accounting Services

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Financial Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Senior Director of Accounting Services reports to the Associate Vice President for Finance and Business Services, and is a key member of the finance leadership team. The Senior Director is responsible for reporting the university’s results of operation and financial condition in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles, ensuring internal controls over financial reporting, and keeping abreast of relevant changes in accounting guidance. The Senior Director also has budget and personnel management responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage university Accounting Services Teams including two Assistant Directors and their respective units consisting of: General Accounting, Enterprise Accounting, Student Financial Accounting, Tax and Assets Accounting; by establishing and delivering high quality service and support solutions
  • Develop methodologies, metrics, and analysis to ensure performance and delivery across service units
  • Recommend initiatives and changes to improve quality and service of a unit/department/division/college
  • Oversee the financial assets, liabilities, and general accounting operations and maintain the integrity of the university’s accounting records including: bank reconciliation, financial aid accounting, accounts receivable maintenance, billing/chargebacks, and assets
  • Oversee the use of WDesk, ARCS and Lease SharePoint (system wide tools)
  • Coordinate upgrades and system development from a functional manager perspective
  • Oversee the comprehensive financial accounting and management reporting for the university and the consolidated financial reporting including auxiliaries
  • Coordinate with the Chancellor’s Office Financial Services team in providing effective and efficient accounting and operational support of fiscal resources
  • Coordinate the five incorporated auxiliary organizations accounting records for consolidation; requiring collaboration, education, and leadership to ensure auxiliaries are following CSU guidance and maintaining consistent standard accounting practices
  • Manages external financial audits of the university and collaborates on audits for the auxiliaries
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), internal controls and financial reporting requirements
  • Thorough knowledge and skill related to general accounting functions including bank reconciliation, financial aid accounting, accounts receivable maintenance, and billing/chargebacks
  • Ability to set vision and establish strategy for the Accounting Services department
  • Ability to effectively manage and evaluate the work of staff; assign duties and responsibilities; oversee work assignments to ensure work is done accurately and timely; and provide personnel development
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, prepare clear and concise reports, and to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in a mathematical or diagram form and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to make complex financial policies accessible to a lay audience
Required Qualifications
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university with a degree related to Finance, Accounting or relevant field
  • Seven years of full-time progressively responsible work experience in the administration of accounting records, and external financial reporting functions, with four years in a managerial role
  • Experience maintaining an ERP accounting system including the General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Billing and Fixed Asset modules
Preferred Qualifications
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Accountant (CA), or other applicable certificate
  • Experience in higher education and fund accounting
  • Experience using Oracle PeopleSoft ERP


Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 18, 2022 through June 5, 2022 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The 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 as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, 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 offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now 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 information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: May 18, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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