Grant Accountant

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Work type: Staff
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Temporary, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Fiscal Services

Accountant I

*** Temporary Appointment - 1 year appointment with possible extension.  ***


In collaboration with other accountants, performs a wide range of diversified procedures requiring initiative, judgement, and independent analysis of information.

General AR Accounts: Prepares journal entries related to month and year-end processes. Reconciles account balances to external data. Prepares assigned annual legal entries and GAAP entries. Corrects and resolves problems associated with incorrect entries, deviations from established procedures, and other inconsistencies with accounting principles. Prepares financial reports and statements. Examines financial documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with established policies and procedures and general accounting standards. Reviews funds and accounts for abnormal balances, accuracy, completeness, and appropriateness. Prepares clear, concise, referenced work papers that support the assigned work. May be responsible for providing training, guidance, and assistance to other employees.

Grant Accounts: Ensures that financial records are in compliance with federal, state, and CSU system-wide regulations as well as consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Assists with internal and external audits. Assembles and compiles data used in the preparation of financial reports and/or analysis. Works on projects for Accounts Receivable, Grants, General Ledger, and other peripheral activities associated with finance. Works closely with staff from Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) by providing post-award financial administration services including customer service, expenditure review, adjustments, financial reporting, invoicing, overdraft resolution, and account/project closeout. Prepares and records complex journal entries, examines financial documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with established policies and generally accepted accounting principles. Develops and prepares ad hoc reports, and surveys. Works with appropriate campus offices and awarding agencies to resolve errors. Compiles, reconciles, and presents budget reports to individual Principal Investigators (PIs) monthly. Confirms project deadlines and working with the PIs to ensure that all funds are expensed. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or a closely related field OR a combination of education and experience on a year-for-year basis which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

General knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP); office methods and procedures; and statistical and mathematical presentation of data. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office word processing and spreadsheet software, web browsers, and query tools. Experience using an integrated General Ledger system 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; and utilize problem-solving techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; excellent oral, written, group presentation, and training skills with the ability to communicate effectively complex information to a diverse audience inside and outside the unit, including conveying technical information to non-accountants. Ability to plan and prioritize work to meet important deadlines. Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills. Willingness to work extra hours, as needed, particularly during month and fiscal year end closing.

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.

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 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Hiring Salary:  $4,241 per month

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