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Accountant I

MiraCosta College

Last Updated: 9/22/22

Job Description

Accountant I
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
One regular, full-time position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

MiraCosta College believes that flexible work enables employees to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. The District offers the opportunity to telework (remote work) for certain positions, depending on the operational needs of the District and the provisions of the telework policy. Probationary and temporary employees are not eligible to telework unless approved by the appropriate vice president. No employee is guaranteed the right to telework. No employee shall be authorized to telework 100% of the time; regular, on-campus presence is expected for all District employees on a weekly basis.

IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: 26
Compensation: Starting $6,210.83 per month (range 26, step 1).

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

A full benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Position Term in Months: $Term

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on Friday, May, 20, 2022:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how your experience aligns with the Essential Duties, Other Duties, and Desirable Qualifications.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen).

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Under direction, perform professional-level accounting duties in support of the district and the Foundation. Provide accounting and financial system direction to others. Perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Accountant I is distinguished from Accountant II in that the incumbent in the latter class is assigned the more complex assignments including development of accounting processes and procedures, complex accounting modeling/reporting, oversight of payroll accounting, fixed assets management, and Foundation, as well as providing guidance to other Accounting staff, while the Accountant I is assigned a broad range of journey-level general accounting duties.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
1. Exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

2. Maintain, balance, and audit the general and subsidiary ledgers; maintain income, expense and balance sheet accounts; prepare and post journal entries and fund transfers.
3. Prepare and analyze financial reports and statements, including preparation and submission of quarterly and annual state reports.
4. Maintain and balance cash receipts and deposits; prepare deposits and cash clearing transfers; perform reconciliations.
5. Prepare, analyze, and reconcile grant and categorical program claims and reports.
6. Assist with payroll accounting, including reconciliation of ledgers and journal entries.
7. Assist with the district’s fixed asset accounting module as needed.
8. Coordinate with the financial aid office to perform accounting duties related to student financial aid disbursements. Reconcile and balance financial aid programs.
9. Prepare invoices to various entities and maintain and reconcile accounts receivables; monitor aged receivables and compile uncollectible debt reports.
10. Assist with accounting support for the separate legal entity ledgers and transactions; reconcile accounts.
11. Perform year-end functions and provide support for annual audits.

Other Duties:
1. Approve requisitions for correct account coding.
2. Monitor overage commercial and payroll warrants and follow escheatment process as necessary.
3. Assist in the development of new procedures and provide ongoing auditing of current procedures to ensure compliance and effectiveness.
4. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

· Knowledge of general financial accounting and cost accounting.· Understanding of and ability to adhere to generally accepted accounting principles.· Proficient in a variety of office equipment including a computer and appropriate software.· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.· Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.· Knowledge of and ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and apply them in a variety of procedural situations.· Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

Ability To:
See Knowledge, Skills and Abilities above.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in accounting, business, finance or a related field, and one (1) year of related experience.


An AA degree in accounting, business, finance or a related field and three (3) years of related experience.

OR An equivalent combination of training and experience.
NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Previous accounting experience in community college or K-12 institution desired.

Licenses & Other Requirements:

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and/or stooping; occasional light lifting, carrying and/or pushing of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; work at a computer station on a regular basis for extended periods, involving moderate to heavy repetitive use of hands, wrists, shoulders and forearms; subject to frequent to constant visual stress. Ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving appropriate interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing deadlines.

Working Conditions:
Primarily busy, indoor office environment; subject to frequent contact with and interruptions by individuals in person or by phone; may be required to work during day and/or evening hours including occasional weekends on an as-needed basis.

Posting Number: S21/22049P
Human Resources Contact Information: or [Register to View]
Job Close Date: 5/20/2022
Open Until Filled: No
First Screening Date:

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Oceanside, California, United States
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help...