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#98524 Foundation Accountant

Filing Deadline: Thu 3/28/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/19/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/28/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Foundation Accountant reports to the Controller and works under the direction of the Foundation Sr. Accountant and is responsible for complex accounting, analysis and financial reporting tasks related to all of the balance sheet and income statement accounts for the UC San Diego Foundation. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing, reviewing and preparing financial reports, preparing journal entries, coding, data entry, and reconciliation of Foundation monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial records, with a heavy emphasis on investments. The incumbent is responsible for participating in process improvement, policy development and review of financial transactions for compliance with GASB accounting standards. Incumbent will research and provide routine fiscal advice and guidance to faculty, department fund administrators and Principal Investigators related to Foundation gift funds.

Nearly all functions and tasks of this position listed below rely heavily on proven accounting and "hands-on" computer skills. Proficiency in a computerized environment is a key element to success in this position and working knowledge of computers and excellent software skills are required. Extensive use of Excel and Word within a Windows environment is expected. The fund accounting software itself is complex and integrated: high level analytical ability in the analysis of data is required during a majority of all functions and tasks to ensure that the integrity of the system is maintained and appropriate funds are affected. Many transactions in pooled funds require analysis of the effect on individual funds and of the proper accounting for such transactions.

The incumbent will uses professional accounting concepts and completes accounting assignments that are of moderate scope where analysis of data requires a review of a variety of factors and multiple sources. Exercises judgment within defined accounting procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Has contact with internal and external resources on a regular basis. Applies policies and procedures to resolve a variety of accounting issues.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing and able to travel.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.


  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of accounting principles, theory and practice. Associate degree or Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience and training (expected minimum years of professional experience with degree is 2 years).

  • Demonstrated experience in accounting for complex investment portfolios, including equity and fixed income securities, venture capital, real estate and other investments.

  • Demonstrated experience in applying and overseeing the application of proper book and market value accounting rules; basic understanding of endowment or mutual fund accounting processes and allocations.

  • Demonstrated experience in financial statements preparation and analysis including, but not limited to: preparation of journal entries, account reconciliation, key entry, and output control.

  • Working knowledge of financial transactions and systems, as well as related policy, accounting, and regulatory compliance requirements. Knowledge of accounting function and assignments. Ability to apply more advanced accounting concepts to complete work assignments.

  • Proven ability to analyze and summarize complex accounting data, perform complex reconciliations, prepare financial schedules, resolve complex accounting problems, comprehend, and evaluate detailed accounting and financial documents with accuracy. Ability to understand and implement Foundation's policies and procedures.

  • Excellent mathematical ability, with skill to comprehend and perform standard and complex calculations. Ability to apply such knowledge to the task at hand. Ability to compile data, reconcile balances, and present numerical information in a logical, consistent and comprehensive report format.

  • Demonstrated experience in working within a computerized environment. Proven experience and proficiency in full scale computerized general ledger financial accounting software.

  • Working knowledge of common desktop/web applications. Demonstrated experience in the use of software applications such as Word and Excel at an intermediate level for preparation of correspondence and spreadsheets, using a Windows environment. Ability to comprehend and implement new software applications.

  • Knowledge of analytical procedures used in accounting projects of moderate scope.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with ability to interact in a positive manner using tact, diplomacy, and professionalism. Demonstrated ability to practice active listening as a technique to recognize problem issues/situations and apply resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions to implement solving and use follow-through to ensure effective resolution.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly and concisely provide information. Proven ability to effectively deal with people in conversation and to compose correspondence using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, editing, formatting and proofreading skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize tasks, with strong use of initiative, and precise attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with competing requirements and complexity while working in an environment of fluctuating priorities and frequent interruptions.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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$43,900.00 - $67,900.00 / Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri