Accounting Manager - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Department of Fiscal Services is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Accounting Manager.

The West Valley-Mission Community College District is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate our two colleges for our friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of the Director, Fiscal Services, plan, organize, coordinate and manage the District’s accounting operations; prepare financial statements and reports for submission to the State, Board of Trustees and others; train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of May 21, 2014. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is part of the Administrative employee unit.

Work Location: Finance Department, West Valley-Mission Community College District; located on the West Valley College campus, Saratoga, CA.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance or closely related field; AND

2. Experience – Five years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience, including at least one year at a lead or supervisory level, preferably in a public agency; AND

3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.


  • Degrees must be earned from an accredited institution.
  • Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, by a certified U.S. credential review service. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice, thus will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.

Desired Qualifications


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Coordinate activities and services between Finance and other District departments and address questions and issues related to program planning and control or other financial issues; evaluate, recommend and supervise the installation of accounting processes and procedures including the installation of automated systems and software.
  • Plan, organize and oversee the maintenance of various accounts and funds; ensure that appropriate records, files and documentation are maintained; establish and maintain adequate internal controls in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; plan, organize and coordinate year-end closing.
  • Organize, coordinate and oversee the timely and accurate preparation and submittal of a variety of monthly, quarterly, annual and periodic financial reports and documents required by the State, federal agencies and District policies; forward to executive management for review and approval as appropriate and transmit to requesting authority in a timely manner.
  • Review financial transactions to assure conformance to District, County, State and federal policies, rules, regulations and codes; assure compliance with audit requirements and sound fiscal policies.
  • Prepare and review work papers for the annual District audit; respond to questions from auditors and prepare responses to audit comments as requested by management.
  • Prepare analyses of the District’s cash flow and access accounts status; develop and analyze projections and variances; prepare and forward recommendations as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with State and federal agency representatives, District personnel, vendors, auditors, students and others regarding assigned financial systems and processes.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the management staff of the college and district toward the achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the college and district.
  • Recommend and implement techniques to improve department policies and practices, increase efficiency, take advantage of opportunities and maintain state-of-the-art practices, keep abreast of current trends and practices in the field.
  • Maintain effective public relations with the larger community.
  • Assure smooth operations within the areas of responsibility.
  • React to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Immediately report known or likely fraud, illegal acts, violation of provisions of contracts or grant agreements to the appropriate parties.
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline and annually evaluate the performance of direct subordinates; delegate the responsibility for supervision of indirect subordinates to subordinate supervisors to assure efficient and effective performance; develop expectations for performance and standards of excellence.
  • May be assigned to lead or participate in District-wide or college committees, initiatives, teams or ad hoc groups; is responsible and accountable for completion of assigned tasks when assigned to such a group; when chairing such a group, evaluate the performance of committee members and forward input to members’ supervisors for consideration during the performance evaluation process.
  • Prepare and administer annual budgets for assigned area; review and approve expenditures according to established District policies and procedures.
  • Participate in preparation of state and federal grant applications.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities


Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,827– $7,339 (monthly) with a maximum earnable monthly of $8,620.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.

Application Information

  • To be considered an applicant for a position at West Valley-Mission Community College District, all materials requested in the job announcement must be received no later than the deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not receive committee consideration.
  • If transcripts are required, include copies of ALL college transcripts with your application to verify all degrees earned and college coursework taken. Certified copies are only required at time of hire.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
  • Foreign transcripts and degrees require official certification of equivalency to U.S. transcripts and degrees by a certified U.S. review service at the time of application.
  • DO NOT SEND unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Accounting Manager
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Business and Financial Management
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Manager
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume