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Accountant I /Accounting - Student Financial Services

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Full Time


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:

  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want

Department Summary

Student Financial Services is one of the departments of Financial Services, the hub of all financial transactions and reporting on campus.  Student Financial Services supports the campus community in areas including cashiering, cash handling, delivery of financial aid refunds, student billing and collections, banking and merchant services for university departments, financial reporting, and internal controls. It partners with the Financial Aid and Registrar in providing the student with the best possible financial service and counseling in support of the student’s educational goals.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for allocating and safeguarding funds between students, banks, other departments, and various external sources and maintaining financial integrity through sound accounting practices. The Accountant I is the primary contact person for the campus departments on all cashiered transactions posting correctly into the general ledger. This position plays a key role in the daily, month-end, and year-end closing process including Cash, Credit Card, Financial Aid, and SIRF reconciliations, accruals, Annual Student Fee reports, and A133 audits.

In addition, this position is responsible for ensuring compliance with internal and external procedures, guidelines, and requirements set forth by State Administrative Manual (SAM), Internal Revenue Services (IRS), established University policies and procedures, ICSUAM, and CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Employment Status:  Full-time, Probationary, “Non-Exempt” position with the possibility of converting to permanent.

First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be reviewed beginning December 17, 2021.

Key Qualifications


  • 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 tools, 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 effectively with others inside and outside the unit, including conveying technical information to non-Accountants


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field
  • Peoplesoft Enterprise Systems
  • Experience with ERP systems (general ledger module)
  • Experience with account reconciliations (i.e. bank and daily cash)
  • Cashnet/Transact Payment
  • Experience with month-end and year-end close processes
  • Previous experience in higher education
  • 2 to 3 years previous general accounting or business experience
  • Microsoft Windows Office experience including Word, Excel, and Outlook email software

Education and Experience

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.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,557 - $5,000 per month

Classification Salary Range: $3,775 - $7,073 per month

Work Schedule:

  • Summer schedule: Monday through Thursday (7:00 am - 5:30 pm), some evenings/weekends
  • Academic year schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm), some evenings/weekends

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

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 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino 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 may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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