University of Southern California Jobs – Accounting Technician

University of Southern California

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the

University of Southern California (USC)

has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC department of

Sponsored Project Accounting

is seeking an

Accounting Technician

to join its team.

About the Opportunity

The Accounting Technician performs a variety of accounting duties including but not limited to processing, reconciling, monitoring, and reporting accounting activity for the Sponsored Projects Accounting unit. This role supports accounting for sponsored accounts receivables and interprets regulations, analyzes, and reviews budgets on contracts and grants from Federal/State/Local agencies. Additionally, the Accounting Technician provides excellent customer service to internal and external customers within the University and collaborates with external audit representatives.

The Accounting Technician

  • Sets up and maintains accounts, ledgers, journals, files, blanket requisitions, reports and/or other documentation for departmental or university accounts. Assists with month-end and year-end closings, as needed.
  • Assist the supervisor to manage accounts receivable, unbilled, withheld, unexpended appropriations and refund accounts and recommend actin to ensure maximum cash flow.
  • Review and assign all cash received to appropriate fund accounts.
  • Prepares and submits accounting documents for processing. Determines appropriate fund allocations and secures proper approvals.
  • Enters data from various source documents into accounting systems. Reviews source data for completeness and accuracy prior to input. Ensures compliance with internal policies and external regulations and restrictions. Rejects and returns documentation as appropriate.
  • Records, balances, and reconciles account activity. Identifies potential problems and researches to provide background or comments. Produces and distributes related reports. Verifies accuracy of reports prior to distribution. Maintains documentation for audit purposes.
  • Monitors outstanding or suspense items. Research documents and follows-up to clear or adjust items.
  • Performs one or more specialized accounting duties including, but not limited to, monitoring receivables, collecting past-due accounts, controlling cash or negotiable items and monitoring related inventory procedures.
  • Records and reconciles income and expenses. Monitors actual performance to budget and prepares reports.
  • Approves and processes budget amendments, account charges, expense transfers and closing entries and reports.
  • Confers with faculty, staff, students, researchers, or external contacts to provide information and/or resolve problems relating to financial transactions. Provides technical support for accounting issues.
  • Performs other related duties/special projects as assigned or requested to support operations.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate for the position of

Accounting Technician

meets the following preferred qualifications:

  • 2 years of experience
  • University accounting experience
  • Ability to interpret regulations, analyze and review budgets on contracts and grants with University/Government agencies, and work with external audit representatives

Minimum Qualifications

All candidates for the position of

Accounting Technician

must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Associate degree; combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
  • 1 year of related bookkeeping/accounting experience
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting practices and principles
  • Ability to use a variety of bookkeeping/accounting software applications such as databases, spreadsheets (proficient with MS Excel), etc., as required

The hourly rate range for this position is $22.82- $25.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

About USC

Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA)


The USC Sponsored Projects Accounting Department is responsible for the accounting financial reporting and cost recovery of over $1 billion expended annually under sponsored agreements with the University. Associated with this funding is a highly complex and specialized set of regulations specifying acceptable standards of accounting as well as defining acceptable methods for cost recovery and financial reporting. The Sponsored Projects Accounting team values

accountability, teamwork, open communication, integrity, and opportunities for growth and professional development

. Join us – apply today!

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Associate’s degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Related bookkeeping/accounting experience. Knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting practices and principles. Ability to use a variety of bookkeeping/accounting software

Job Details:

Company: University of Southern California

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Los Angeles, CA

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