The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking two Senior Staff Accountants to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.
What You’ll Do
The Senior Staff Accountant is responsible for full-cycle finance and accounting functions for assigned projects and programs and serve as accountant, financial analyst, and advisor to project and program owners. This position manages tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, contract/grant reporting, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities.
What you bring
- Manages assigned contracts, grants and/or fiscal sponsor relationships which includes, preparing monthly financial statements and/or invoices with supporting documentation, comparing expenses to contracted budgeted amounts for accuracy and variances within contract terms, and answering inquiries made by contract/grant managers and other personnel. Prepares budgets and forecasts when requested.
- Serves as advisor to program and project directors on financial matters related to assigned projects and programs.
- Provides financial budgets and/or proposals that maximize cost recovery and effective program delivery.
- Assists in managing and/or providing oversight for Foundation issued credit card program activities which includes receive and review Employee Credit Card Reports from each credit card holder and import credit card statement activity into accounting system.
- Assists in maintaining assigned monthly allocations of various expenses, such as: phones, internet service, postage, etc. and includes periodic review of methodology and monthly journal entries.
- Completes bank account reconciliations as assigned on a daily/monthly basis.
- Completes balance sheet and income statement account reconciliations as assigned monthly.
- Assists with the annual audit process.
Ideal Candidate Qualities
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- Knowledge of an integrated accounting system is required. Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics GP is preferred.
- Knowledge of Jet Reports and Adaptive Planning.
- Grant payroll experience preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Foundation employees at all levels, program and client staff, and consumers encountered in the course of work.
- Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints and respond appropriately.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and to efficiently manage time.
- High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Crystal Reports XI and record keeping, database-related software applications and other office equipment.
- Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.
- A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.
- A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges
- Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.
- Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
What we Offer
You’ll join a group of mission-driven, passionate, equity-minded individuals with a strong desire to impact and change lives for the better through education. As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs, and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.
We operate from an office located in downtown Sacramento’s thriving R Street corridor. Our benefits include the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, generous medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and more. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to investing in our people, fostering an environment for employee growth and providing diverse opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and advancement.