Financial Accountant

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Mar 01, 2021
Full Time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

Position Summary

As a member of the Resource Management staff within the Office of the Provost, the Financial Accountant reports to the Director for Academic Resources. This position has the responsibility of working directly with the Colleges to effectively and responsibly manage departmental budgets and provide financial reporting oversight and analysis. The position provides administrative, financial, and accounting expertise to the office of Academic Affairs Resource Management. The incumbent will use initiative and judgment in analyzing information and determining a course of action within established procedures and guidelines. They will be responsible for communicating with associated campus offices to gather and/or relay information associated with assigned financial responsibilities. The incumbent will be responsible for in-depth knowledge of faculty appointment process, staff appointment process, accounting and purchasing procedures, a broad knowledge of PeopleSoft data, strong ability to use enrollment and institutional data to make budgetary recommendations, projections, and decisions.

This position requires a high level of computer skills including Microsoft Excel skills, proficiency in Oracle and Adaptive budgeting software, as well as a high acumen for business process improvement. The incumbent will provide financial analyses and reports on all aspects of the division's budget and is responsible for the development of budget projections and financial models, developing and producing reports as needed.

For more information regarding Academic Affairs, Resource Management, click here.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on operational needs.

Candidate Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance, or a closely related field.
Five years of progressively responsible financial accounting experience
CPA License (current)
Specialized Skills

Progressive foundational knowledge of the principles of organization, administration, and management.
Ability to analyze and find solutions to complex problems, work independently, communicate effectively, and write clear and concise reports.
Thorough knowledge of principles, problems, and methods of budget processes including advanced fiscal management skills along with math competency and accounting background.
Experience applying broad and conceptual analytical skills to resolve resource concerns, preferably in academia and/or transferrable to Academic Affairs resource management.
Experience using an enterprise resource planning program for financial record-keeping, preferably Oracle Financials.
Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Excel and MS Word.
Ability to effectively resolve complex problems; proactively resolve conflicts, make suggestions and ask pertinent questions to facilitate productive outcomes.
Ability to accept a broad range of delegated responsibilities and organize and coordinate complex tasks while handling multiple priorities. Ability to swiftly change priorities as situations demand. Requires the ability to effectively communicate and resolve budgetary, personnel, and resource issues between the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean's and Directors Offices, Human Resources, and other University Offices.
Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by a thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Ability to learn and independently interpret and apply complex policies and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the workgroup and serve as a liaison with other units.
Assumes responsibility, uses independent judgment and projects a professional attitude and appearance. Excellent interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications

Five years of progressively responsible experience working in public/government finance
Experience working within the California State University system or other higher education institution
Experience with Oracle Financials and Adaptive Budgeting Software
Experience with data query tools (e.g., \Brio, MS Access, MS Excel, SQL, Crystal Reports, etc.)
Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.
Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on March 8, 2021. To receive consideration, apply by March 7, 2021.

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.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at or 619-273-3343.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map