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Accountant I

Apply now Job no: 540702
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Classification:   Accountant I
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Non-exempt 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $4,617 - $5,250* mo.
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date: Extended to July 20, 2024
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Under the supervision of the General Accounting Manager, and under the lead direction of the General Accountant II, the General Accountant applies knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of the accounting profession, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in classifying, examining and analyzing financial transactions. The incumbent performs diverse duties requiring a comprehensive knowledge of governmental financial record-keeping methods and practices, initiative, analysis and judgment to make decisions consistent with standard practice and established policies (CSU, State, Federal, etc.)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for the completion of reconciliations which may include Banking, Unclaimed Property, Automatic Clearing House Register (ACH), Check Register Log, Interagency Financial Transactions, Travel Advances, Salary Advances, Outstanding Checks, Daily Cash Deposit Report, and Fund Balance Clearing.  Analyzes and compiles data used in the preparation of such reconciliations.  
  • Records and uploads journal entries which may include Interagency Financial Transactions, ADNOATS, ACH and e-Refunds, and year-end analysis and adjusting journal entry tasks, as assigned.
  • Creates and updates spreadsheets to record daily deposits, ACH, and check registers. Prepares reports as requested.  Analyzes and summarizes financial statements.
  • Examines and reviews documents for alignment with accuracy, validity, and adherence to standards and policies (CSU, State, Federal, etc.), including stop payment forms, invoices for overlooked use tax.  Evaluates any discrepancies and investigates appropriately.  Corrects errors, as needed.
  • Analyzes, records and reconciles escheated payroll checks and stale dated checks, which may require further research to update correct information as applicable.
  • Generates routine financial reports and statements and/or analysis requiring understanding and interpretation of GAAP.
  • Helps prepare, review, revise, and communicate established University and departmental policies and procedures to faculty, staff, and the general public.

Other Functions:

Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


General 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 tolls, integrated financial systems and/or other types of records management systems.

Ability to interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines; analyze financial and statistical data and draw conclusions; utilize problem solving techniques; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effetely with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying technical information to non-accountants.


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.


Ability to: quickly and independently research, learn and implement State Administrative Manual requirements (SAM) and California State University Policy requirements; learn and apply laws, rules, and procedures related to governmental accounting; interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines.  Familiarity with, have knowledge of, or possess the ability to quickly acquire a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting principles.  Excellent customer service skills and ability to communicate in a professional and effective manner.  Demonstrated experience using financial systems including general ledger, accounts payable module, and asset management module, including querying data, accurately and efficiently using PeopleSoft/Common Financial System and Finance Data Warehouse, or equivalent. Ability to quickly and independently research and implement CSU and CSUMB policies and procedures, as well as CSU Legal and GAAP Manual guidance. Proactive approach and forward thinking.   Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position including knowledge, skills and abilities identified above.


Experience with CSU accounting practices and processes. Technical fluency with Oracle/PeopleSoft, CSU Common Management System or equivalent <student/finance> information system; Microsoft Office Professional; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); 25Live; intranet drives; and internet browsers.  


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order EO 1095, EO 1096, and EO 1097 as a condition of employment.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with 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.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information 
    • 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
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  The position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. For more information, visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or emailing All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity 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.

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