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Senior Accountant

San Mateo Union High School District San Mateo, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $47 to $57 Hourly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To be considered for an interview, applicants must apply online at by February 10, 2020. EXCELLENT FRINGE BENEFITS with District-paid premiums which includes medical, dental, life, vision, long term-disability, and CalPERS retirement. WORK YEAR: 12 months; 15 holidays WORK HOURS: 37.5 Hours per week; 7.5 Hours per day Please visit for more information (ref. Human Resources-Job Posting-Management- Posting#2959). JOB SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Director of Fiscal Services/Budget, perform responsible professional modern accounting duties in the establishment and maintenance of the District’s financial records and reports; coordinate and assist in directing and overseeing the work of accounting department staff; perform complex and accurate fiscal and budget analysis, reconciliations, and postings; prepare and assist in the preparation of financial statements, reports, project proposals, and attendance reports; perform audits of records and project expenditures for compliance with GAAP, Federal and State laws and regulations; reconcile District accounting activities with County records; and perform related work as required, consistent with the job description. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1. Perform specialized budgeting and accounting functions requiring knowledge of specific budgeting and accounting procedures. 2. Research complex problems to their conclusion and work with supervisor to assure resolution of such problems. 3. Review and prepare budgets and fiscal analysis, statements, and reports for accuracy, completeness and compliance with District policy and procedure. 4. Prepare monthly financial statements, tax and fee payments, state and federal reports and claims, and a variety of periodic and special statistical and financial reports, summaries and analyses. 5. Review District’s independent audit reports for noncompliance items, proposes and implements compliant procedures. 6. Audit records, project expenditures and internal controls for compliance with GAAP, SACS, Federal and State laws and regulations. 7. Open, maintain, balance, adjust and close District accounting records; prepare journal entries and post, balance and audit entries for compliance with accounting principles and District policies. 8. Perform on-site audits of District operations. 9. Maintain, balance and reconcile District ledgers/records to County records and reports. 10. Reconcile County cash, bank statements, and general ledger accounts. 11. Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of payroll, receivables, and payable reports and analysis as needed. 12. Prepare narratives, reports findings and makes recommendations. 13. Prepare and/or coordinate the compiling and filing of various reports with other governing agencies. 14. Develop and conduct in-service training to provide technical assistance and guidance to department and school site personnel on budgets, fiscal accounting, pupil attendance, and related software programs. 15. Provide lead guidance, training and assistance to accounting staff in problem resolution, interpretation and application of District policy and procedure, and decision-making; assist in establishing new or modified accounting procedures and methods within the department. 16. Serve as a lead contact to other staff with other departments and school sites on the status of their accounts. 17. Act as liaison and resource for District and County staff, school site personnel, and others regarding problem resolution, accounting procedures and standards, and general accounting information. 18. Develop and update operating and instruction manuals, as it relates to the job duties. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in Accounting, Finance, Public or Business Administration.  Certified Public Accountant is preferred.  Minimum four years professional accounting experience performing varied financial analysis, auditing, budget development, record-keeping and report preparation duties.  Minimum of one year of California School District or County Office of Education experience preferred, specifically with State Reporting of Attendance and Finance. KNOWLEDGE OF/ABILITY TO:  Generally accepted accounting principles, particularly as applied to school and governmental accounting.  Laws, codes, regulations, policies, procedures and practices governing State school accounting and fiscal systems.  Methods, procedures and terminology used in professional accounting work.  Bookkeeping and financial record-keeping principles.  Modern office practices and procedures, including operations of common office equipment and computer hardware and software.  District organization, operations, policies and objectives. ABILITY AND SKILLS EXPERIENCE:  Exercise sound independent judgment.  Establish effective accounting systems and procedures.  Interpret and apply accounting regulation and procedures, relevant laws, rules, policies and other guidelines associated with assigned functional area(s).  Establish and maintain accurate financial records and files.  Prepare and present clear, accurate and comprehensive financial statements.  Track projects; prepare budget transfers; and analyze accounts.  Analyze and resolve problems and draw accurate conclusions.  Organize, coordinate and review work.  Prepare and provide training and assistance to administrative and technical personnel in accounting and fiscal record keeping.  Operate a personal computer and recommend appropriate software as needed.  Work independently and using sound judgment within the framework of policies, procedures and guidelines.  Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  Meet schedules and time lines.  Plan and organize work.  Work confidentially with discretion.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Use interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.  Observe health and safety regulations.  Meet District standard of professional attitude as outline in Board Policies 4119.21, 4219.21, & 4319.21, Professional Standards for Classified Employees. ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Office environment subject to constant interruptions.  Vision which can be corrected to a level sufficient to successfully read hand-written, typed and computer-generated information and data, as well as computer terminal displays.  Hearing and speech sufficient to enable communication by telephone and in person.  Stamina sufficient to sit or stand for extended periods of time.  Physical ability to reach, bend and grasp in order to file and retrieve materials.  Manual dexterity sufficient to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large document holders (binders, manuals, etc.).  Assignment requires lifting 30 lbs. maximum or carrying any object weighing 20 to 30 lbs. OTHER REQUIREMENTS (PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT):  Must maintain a valid California Driver License, and willingness and ability to travel to various sites.  Must successfully pass the District’s pre-employment Department of Justice Live Scan fingerprinting.  Must successfully pass the District’s pre-employment tuberculosis testing. DISTRICT PROFILE The San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) is a community funded district with approximately 8,500 students. SMUHSD is situated in central San Mateo County between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. The District encompasses six communities, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Foster City, and San Mateo, and has six comprehensive high schools: Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino (International Baccalaureate school), Hillsdale (Smaller Learning Communities school), Mills, and San Mateo. The District has an API over 800 and all schools are in Newsweek Magazine's Top 1000 High Schools. In addition, the District has Peninsula Alternative High School, an Alternative School of Choice, Middle College High School, and an Adult School serving 10,500 students. The District enjoys strong parent and community support as evidenced in three major bond measures passed in 2000, 2006, and 2010 ($621.5 million) for new construction and modernization. More About SMUHSD The San Mateo Union High School District, in existence for more than 110 years, continues to be a vital community academic and cultural resource. With an annual operating budget that is funded primarily through local property taxes, it provides education to a diverse range of approximately 8,500 students attending six highly-rated comprehensive high schools, a special Middle College program in conjunction with the College of San Mateo, an alternative high school where students voluntarily recover credits, and a robust Adult School Program. The District has graduated an estimated 130,000 young people since its founding in 1902. To learn more about the SMUHSD, visit or find us on facebook and twitter @SMUHSD.

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