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District Accountant

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California 92692
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Job Details

South Orange County Community College District


District Accountant

Initial Screening Date06/13/2017


Pay Range: 09 - at $74,352 to $104,616 (salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience and qualifications; increases are given annually thereafter up to highest step)=


Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu


Summary Description:

Perform a variety of high-level professional and confidential financial accounting tasks in the analysis, maintenance and auditing of financial records and accounts affecting District-wide financial operations;, prepare financial statements, reports and budget analyses, including forecasts of revenues and expenditures and provide financial and accounting advice and direction as needed to District and college staff and make recommendations for appropriate action.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.



Receives direction from the Executive Director of Fiscal Services/Comptroller.

Exercises functional and technical supervision over others as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Capabilities of computer applications and hardware in the management and reporting of financial plans and data. 

• Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. 

• Current developments and trends in financial management. 

• Education Code, California Code of Regulations Title 5 and other applicable laws. 

• Generally accepted accounting and auditing principles, practices and procedures. 

• Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy. 

• Mathematical principles. 

• Methods and techniques of financial analysis and research. 

• Methods and techniques of financial and statistical record keeping and reporting. 

• Methods of budget analysis and presentation. 

• Office procedures, methods and equipment. 

• Operation of modern computer, peripherals and software programs, including information systems, database management, spreadsheet, word processing and specialized software. 

• Oral and written communication skills. 

• Principles and practices of fiscal, statistical, and administrative research and report preparation.


Ability to:

• Collect, analyze, interpret and evaluate complex budgetary and financial management data, statistics and trends. 

• Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively present complex technical information, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District. 

• Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

• Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

• Exercise good judgment and discretion in analyzing and resolving confidential, difficult and sensitive situations. 

• Interpret, apply and explain laws, rules, regulations and policies to financial management. 

• Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. 

• Operate a 10-key calculator by touch. 

• Operate a desktop PC and use the advanced capabilities of Microsoft Office products, such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word. 

• Operate accounting software such as Escape general ledger and fixed assets modules. 

• Operate database systems such as INFORM and CHRMS. 

• Perform assigned work with speed and accuracy. 

• Perform high-level professional accounting work in the analysis, maintenance and auditing of financial accounts affecting District-wide operations. 

• Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines. 

• Prepare clear and concise reports of budgetary, financial, and statistical data. 

• Prepare, analyze and interpret clear and concise financial reports and statements. 

• Reconcile, balance and audit records and accounts. 

• Relate effectively with people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact diplomacy and courtesy. 

• Train and provide work direction to others as assigned. 

• Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts. 

• Understand the organization, operation and services of the District and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities. 

• Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority. 

• Work effectively with minimal supervision. 

• Work independently on assigned projects.


Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, accounting or a related field.



At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in an accounting, finance, administrative analysis, or budgeting position, including one year of experience in financial analysis or budget analysis and development.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  



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