• Full Time
  • Seaside, CA
  • February 26, 2024
  • Other

Website University Corporation at Monterey Bay

Accountant II

University Corporation at Monterey Bay

Salary: $28.00 – $33.00 Hourly

Job Number: 2023-00025

Location: Ryan Ranch Office- Monterey, CA

Department: Foundation Auxiliary Services


Open Until Filled. Priority Screening Date: September 14, 2023
This is a full time position; 40 hours per week.This is a hybrid position. 80% minimum in-office following the initial training period.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation’s mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.

Under the general direction of the Accounting Manager, the Accountant II position involves the application of accounting principles and practices to the resolution of a variety of accounting functions and/or problems in Accounting Services. The Accountant II is responsible for financial reports and statements and/or analysis requiring in-depth understanding and interpretation in the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and compliance reporting requirements. The Accountant II works independently, applies well-developed knowledge, and exercises judgment and initiative including the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and governmental accounting standards. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Examples of Duties
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include. but are not limited to. the following:

• Responsible for the analysis of accounts (identify abnormal balances for corrective action, program code variance analysis and GAAP analytics, etc.). Reconcile and analyze general ledger accounts within appropriate guidelines.
• Maintains accurate and complete accounting records and interprets financial reports and statements.
• Audits records and processes, identifies problem areas, and recommends corrective and preventive action for assigned areas.
• Provides feedback when planning and coordinating financial audits and other fiscal control procedures.
• Provides senior level staff support to ensure GAAP assignments are accurate and completed in a timely manner.
• Examine financial documents for completeness, accuracy and conformance with established policies and procedures and general accounting standards. Perform cost and budget transfers as directed or needed in accordance with policy. Monitors expenditures for appropriateness and fund availability.
• Assists the Accounts Payable Team Lead and General Accounting team. Provides backfill support for team vacancies and leaves.
• Provides oversight of activity related to financial and compliance audits and provides excellent customer service to fund managers, development and stewardship staff and the donors while ensuring reports are accurate, timely and understandable.
• Communicates and/or composes correspondence regarding accounting matters.
• Provides consultive services to campus staff and administrators in implementing recommended changes in accounting systems or procedures and in solving accounting problems.
• Assures that assigned accounting reporting systems and procedures are in compliance with established administrative policies and procedures and acceptable accounting standards. Updates procedures as necessary in collaboration with the AP Team Lead and Accounting Manager.
• Recommend policy and procedural changes with generally accepted accounting standards, GASB regulations and tax rules. Participates in the review, design, and implementation of accounting system and upgrades. Works closely with systems analysts to improve campus financial systems.
• Attends accounting related workshops to stay updated on current policy and procedures. Relates new information back to management and staff.
• Participates in campus-wide training, workshops and conferences. Participation can include planning the event, creation of training material, presenting power point presentation, public speaking and instructional presentations.
• Provides training, guidance and assistance to other Accounting staff.
• Participate in monthly, quarterly and year-end accounting close processes, including journal preparation and entry, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of financial data. Communicate with other departments as required to obtain needed information. Analyze complex accounting processes involving multiple feeder systems and provide recommendations for problem solving as appropriate. Prepare year-end journal entries and audit work papers.
• Assist with the preparation and analysis of financial statements throughout the year for the University auxiliary organizations.


• Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the accounting department.
• Assists in other areas of Corporation Accounting as needed.
• Performs other duties or special assignments as required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information, and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.


• Hybrid Position
• 80% minimum in-office/on-site following the initial training period. Position location may change based on CSU expectations and department needs.
• Work Location: Ryan Ranch Office, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey, CA
• Due to COVID 19, this position may be approved to work remotely on a temporary basis or may be required to physically work on campus. Work assignment locations are at the sole discretion of CSUMB and may be changed or revoked at any time.
• Ability to work from home: adequate internet connection and ergonomically sound and quiet workspace required.

Advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, office methods and procedures, statistical and arithmetic presentation of data. Proficiency in Windows-based office suite applications and advanced financial software. Expertise in governmental and/or non-profit accounting methods and related laws, rules, and regulations. Demonstrated ability to lead, train, and provide guidance to junior accounting staff. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex financial reports, legal documents, and technical journals. Strong communication skills, including the ability to respond effectively to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community, and to present financial information to various audiences. Skilled in applying accounting principles to analyze and resolve complex accounting problems. Expertise in interpreting accounting data and preparing clear, accurate financial statements and reports. Experience with designing, implementing, and maintaining accounting systems and procedures. Strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and implement solutions to complex accounting challenges. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Capacity to effectively collaborate with University and auxiliaries’ staff, faculty, students, and external constituent groups while serving as a high-level individual contributor.

Education and Experience:

• Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, public administration, or a closely related field and three years of responsible professional accounting experience.
• Equivalent to a graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for one year off the required experience.

Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and practices involving governmental and non-profit organizations. Knowledge of internal control standards and the application thereof. Experience with personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet (MS Excel), and databases and querying software and e-mail software. Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.


• Experience in an educational or governmental environment is preferred. Familiarity with Government Accounting Standards is desirable. Experience with automated accounting systems, e.g., PeopleSoft Finance and experience with query tools such as Crystal.
• Possesses strong time management skills and ability to set/adjust priorities in a deadline-oriented environment.
• Candidates should be self-motivated, driven and focused on continuous learning and improvement.
• Ability to effectively communicate information both verbally and in writing, in a clear, concise and professional manner.
• Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services; demonstrated technical literacy.

Special Conditions of Employment

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.

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

This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues. Our Equal Opportunity Policy Statement is available https://csumb.edu/corporation/personnel/.

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.

University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are “at-will” employment.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community.

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), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at https://csumb.edu/clery.

Sensitive Positions – This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

• responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property
• authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000 access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; access to controlled or hazardous substances
• access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards
• control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access


• This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Special License or Certifications and Conditions:

• May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

Questions can be sent to: mailto:hr_corporation@csumb.edu.

Compensation and Benefits:SALARY AND BENEFITS
The University Corporation 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. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources. Our salary schedule is available https://csumb.edu/corporation/personnel/.

The hourly hiring range for this position is $28-33. Classification: Grade 5, Staff. This is a non-exempt position and as such is eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Corporation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), and other benefits. Please review our https://d2jtc9c99zuy7w.cloudfront.net/wkUFFNMTNm0BW2D5pmgj_607433895%20UCorp%202021%20Benefits%20at%20a%20Glance%2020%2003.pdf https://get.adobe.com/reader/ for details about sick time, vacation, and holidays.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing: https://csumb.edu/corporation/employee-housing

Although CSUMB is located in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle. https://www.schoonoverparkapartments.com/

How to Apply:All prospective applicants must apply online. You must complete the entire application for submission. We only accept applications for the open positions listed. Please do not fax or mail in a printed version of the electronic applications or a resume in lieu of an application. If you are having difficulty applying or need assistance, please call (831) 582-3389. All positions are open until filled. The completed online application and resume must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on the priority screening date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

To apply, please visit https://apptrkr.com/4532851


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