Accountant I

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Work type: Staff
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Accountant I. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


The salary range for this classification is $4,039 to $7,568 per month. The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $4,880 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Accountant I

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Accountant I to perform professional accounting work in the Revenue Bond & Capital Projects unit. This team is responsible for maintaining accounting records for Systemwide Revenue Bonds and facility projects, providing Chancellor's Office management with bond sale and construction project status reports, and preparing related financial statement work papers. The Accountant I is primarily responsible for the generation of routine financial reports and statements and/or analysis requiring understanding and interpretation in the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the variety of assignments. Work assignments for this role are designed to expand practical experience and develop professional judgment in the application of accounting principles. 


Under the general direction of the Manager, Revenue Bond & Capital Projects, the Accountant I will:

-Examines financial documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with established policies and procedures and general accounting standards.

-Reconciles reports and financial data with financial statements on file. Conducts extensive financial data compilation, querying and drilling on large volumes of financial data.

-Corrects and reconciles account balances to external data; prepares journal entries; resolves problems associated with incorrect entries.

-Identifies actual or potential problems and recommend corrective action.

-Contributes to audit processes. Prepares, analyzes, and interprets financial reports, statements, and records.

-Computes and estimates the effect of proposed changes on operating programs or accounting operations connected to the relate to the Revenue Bond & Capital Projects unit.

-Participate in the design and installation of financial systems upgrades and required testing and verification of results. Provides initial troubleshooting of financial system problems.

-Provide support to campus users and other stakeholders, addressing questions and issues that relate to the Revenue Bond & Capital Projects unit.


This position requires:

-Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related subject required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

-Equivalent to 2 years of progressively responsible financial record-keeping experience that has provided the above knowledge and abilities.

-General knowledge and understanding of GAAP, integrated accounting systems, and advanced knowledge of Excel.

-Demonstrated ability to interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines, analyze financial and statistical data, and draw conclusions.

-Possesses superb verbal, written, active listening, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to convey technical information to non-Accountants and demonstrates a style that facilitates the sharing of knowledge

Preferred Qualifications

-Relevant experience in a higher education environment.

-Experience with PeopleSoft, Oracle data warehouse programs, and/or Tableau.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by March 21, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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