San Mateo County Community College District

Accountant (20166955)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$111,264.00-$140,928.00 Annually


San Mateo County Community College District
Posting Number:
Department: Accounting
Location: District Office
Position Number: 1C0009
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
Min Salary: $111,264 (annual)
Max Salary: $140,928 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
The Accountant performs professional work involved in first line supervision of accounting functions, complex account development, maintenance, modification, and reporting. Under direction, the position is responsible for applying generally accepted accounting principles to analyze, maintain, reconcile and verify a variety of budgetary, accounting and other fiscal records. The position supervises daily operations in a variety of functional accounting areas and maintains adequate oversight and internal controls over such operations. Public contact is extensive and involves staff at various levels within the organization, local government agencies and other outside entities for the purpose of exchanging technical accounting procedural and policy information. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to analyze data and develop resolutions to a variety of minor and major problems that occur. The consequences of errors in judgment can be costly in employee time, public relations and/or institutional funding; however, administrative controls limit the risk of serious consequences in loss of revenue. An Accountant can direct the work of accounting paraprofessional, clerical and other staff as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

  • Uses a variety of spreadsheet and other software to analyze complex financial, statistical data
  • • Composes and prepares correspondence, recommendations and reports using a variety of computer software
  • Posts revenue, abatement, expenses, accounts receivable and liabilities to the ledger
  • Monitors and records various investments, certificates of deposit, and other fund instruments as assigned
  • Monitors, reconciles and balances expenditure and revenue control accounts and general ledger accounts
  • Provides regular financial reports
  • Researches, compiles data for, and prepares complex fiscal reports to local, state, and federal agencies as required
  • Provides input into the development and modification of database programs, screens, data formats and record keeping
  • Prepares cash reconciliations
  • Prepares monthly income analysis summaries, cash flow statements, and fund balance statements as needed
  • Maintains chart of accounts
  • Sets up and maintains database and other online resources of data
  • Plans and reviews report data and conclusions with management staff
  • Monitors and evaluates performance of internal and external computerized financial record systems and develops recommendations, in conjunction with information technology staff, to implement system improvements and upgrades and to maintain effective integration of systems
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises daily operations in functional accounting areas, including the training, staff development, direction and evaluation of accounting and support staff
  • Compiles financial data for internal and external audits as needed
  • Coordinates required changes in district fiscal records, policies, and procedures, in conjunction with senior management and other staff
  • Updates and drafts procedures as necessary
  • Monitors and interprets federal and state regulations and guidelines and assures compliance with requirements
  • Exchanges information with college and district staff at all levels regarding policies and procedures related to the assigned functional accounting area; provides technical information as a resource to various offices within the district
  • Implements financial requirements of contractual agreements made by the district
  • Assists staff in fiscal year-end closing of district records and preparation of year-end reports
  • Assists internal and external auditors in preparation of final reports as needed
  • Attends, meetings, workshops, and other gatherings to obtain most current information
  • Drives a motor vehicle to visit off-site locations for meetings, conferences, workshops and other activities
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or a closely related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Successful work experience of increasing responsibility that has included government fund accounting, financial analysis and reporting; project budgeting, planning, and design
  • Experience in the coordination of workloads with people at various levels within an organization
  • Skill in complex data research, analysis and reporting
  • Skill in the use of spreadsheets and a variety of computer software to compose and prepare data analysis, reports, summaries, correspondence and other materials
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including public speaking and persuasive communication
  • Skill in directing the work of others
  • Possession of a California Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires multi-level tasking and strategic planning, attention to detail and organization of financial data, active listening; individual to large-group communication, persuasion, good memory, tact, patience, flexibility and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-site locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and auditing principles, practices and procedures, and fund accounting
  • Knowledge of State Education Code, State Budget and Accounting policies and other applicable regulations
  • Knowledge of financial analysis and research procedures
  • Skill in the development and use of a variety of spreadsheets and other software instruments to conduct financial analysis, develop, format and prepare data for a variety of reports
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of accounting and support staff, technical resources and other staff from various constituencies and levels within the organization
  • Skill in training, directing and evaluating the work of others
  • Skill in oral and written communication, including public and persuasive speaking
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and prioritizing a variety of workloads and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse cultures, language groups and abilities who are at various levels within organizations

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 09/22/2021
First Review Date: 10/13/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

  1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).
  2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.
  3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

  1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
  2. Submit verifications of prior employment
  3. Satisfactory references
  4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
    In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
  5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
  7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
  8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our:

Annual Security Report:
|San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2020 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2020 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2020 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2020 is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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