Foundation for California Community Colleges

Accounting Manager

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Remote - Must Reside in California

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 an Accounting Manager 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 Accounting Manager provides leadership and advanced knowledge for all areas relating to financial accounting and reporting. This position will be responsible for helping develop and maintain accounting principles, practices, and procedures to ensure accurate completion and timely distribution of monthly financial statements. The Accounting Manager is responsible for managing assigned finance department staff to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. This position manages tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, contract/grant reporting, Federal contracts and grants, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities.

What you bring

  • Oversee Federal contracts and grants as well as designated Collaborative Impact Partner relationships and other grants and contracts. This 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.
  • Help manage the month-end and year-end close process to ensure that expenses are properly allocated and recorded; revenues are fully and properly recognized; balance sheets have been reconciled with supporting documentation; and close process is completed within established departmental deadlines.   
  • Supervise, provide mentorship for, and guide assigned accounting staff in the performance of their work duties; provide adequate review of work products to ensure accuracy and completeness of financial reports, statements, budgets, and other deliverables.
  • Assist in the annual audit process and take a lead role in providing document preparation and review prior to submission to auditors.
  • Maintain financial security by monitoring and suggesting enhancements to the overall internal control environment within the Finance Department.


Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidance.
  • Knowledge of an integrated accounting system is required. Knowledge of Workday is ideal but not required. 
  • Experience developing and/or negotiating Federal Indirect Rate proposals
  • Ability to interpret and apply accounting theory to transactions.
  • Ability to work accurately with numerical detail.
  • Grant reporting experience a plus
  • Knowledge of basic personal computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite, financial reporting packages, and general use of personal computers, printers, telephones, Internet, and electronic mail
  • Skills in basic communications—written English (including in electronic formats), verbal English.
  • Skills in interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents in English.
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints in written and spoken English.
  • 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.


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