Staff Accountant
San Francisco, CA 
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Driven. Engaging. Innovative. Do these words motivate you? If so, then we want to talk with you. Academy of Art University offers a rewarding employment experience for those who excel in a dynamic environment and who can consistently deliver high-caliber customer service. We thrive on ingenuity and pursue ideas every day that lead to extraordinary opportunities for tomorrow. Apply here for your next career!

Do you see yourself being an integral part of ensuring the financial integrity of the largest private art and design university in the nation? Are you interested in working with a team that is high performing, collaborative and well-respected? We invite you to consider joining Academy of Art University as a Staff Accountant. In this role, the Staff Accountant will support six main areas of accounting in addition to other responsibilities:

Financial Reporting and Monitoring

  • Maintain financial records in accordance with sound accounting principles
  • Prepare and enter monthly journal entries to the general ledger
  • Prepare account reconciliations with documented support; review for appropriate recording
  • Analyze financial variances, communicate findings and identify issues
  • Communicate and coordinate with external departments to obtain information on financial transactions, research reconciling items, and resolve any issues
  • Recommend and implement changes to accounting procedures and systems

Cash and Accruals

  • Reconcile selected accounts and resolve reconciling items on a monthly basis

Capital Leases

  • Record all new leases and maintain all existing leases
  • Maintain documentation for all leases
  • Prepare amortization tables
  • Reconcile related balances to the general ledger
  • Support property tax filings

Online Store Transactions

  • Understand functions and reporting within related systems
  • Validate and record sales and other transactions
  • Prepare sales and use tax filings for all retail entities


  • Assist in year-end audit functions
  • Prepare audit schedules and provide supporting documentation
  • Assist in special audits as necessary


  • Assist in budget and projection procedures


  • Document and maintain written desk-level procedures
  • Promote cross-training
  • Other financial related activities as deemed necessary


  • Possess a Bachelor's degree
  • Expertise in GAAP accounting. CPAs are a plus.
  • Possess 2 - 3 years professional experience in accounting book close and financial analysis.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel is required. Advanced level is preferred.
  • Multi-tasking is key. Having attention to detail skills as well as time management skills are crucial to the role.


Academy of Art University offers full-time employees health insurance, 401k options, paid vacation based on years of service, paid holidays, paid sick leave and a commuter benefit program. The Academy also offers full-time employees an opportunity to take one undergraduate course tuition-free each semester. We also have a swimming pool with multiple lanes, two fitness centers and many recreational programs that you are welcome to benefit from throughout the year.

Academy of Art University is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, Aids or HIV positive status, marital status, domestic partnership, medical condition or genetic characteristics, race or national origin, pregnancy, religion, sex, gender identity, gender or sexual orientation, name change, citizenship, physical or mental disability, veteran status or other status protected by federal, state, local or other law. Equal access to the hiring process, services, and employment is available to all persons. Applicants requiring accommodations to the application and/or interview process should contact the Human Resources Manager by calling 415-274-2222. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 3 years
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