Job Description

Posting Date Job Number Job Title Revision Date Category Type Status
7/6/2017 93-17 Staff Accountant 10/17/2017 Staff Full-Time Reopened to Accept New Applications

Please submit a resume with Job No. 93-17. Instructions to complete the application are provided in a PDF format at the bottom of the recruitment posting. A link to upload a resume and/or other support documents is provided within the body of the online application. Please note that application materials must be completed in its entirety in order to be considered for the recruitment pool.

The Staff Accountant is a non-exempt, full-time staff position which assists management within the department of Financial Services.

The Staff Accountant is responsible for the accounting activities of assigned financial programs. This position applies an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles to prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.  Working alongside our financial services team, the Staff Accountant designs accounting procedural enhancements to improve operating effectiveness.  This position may provide guidance to Accounting Assistants on a regular basis or on projects of a specialized nature.  Under the direction of the Director of Accounting, the incumbent performs other duties as assigned.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for the Staff Accountant position.

Specific Job Requirements:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field with a minimum of three years of experience in account reconciliation, journal entry preparation, and research and resolution of discrepancies at a medium to large size company.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Current working knowledge of developments and trends in accounting best practices. Understanding of relevant rules and regulations governing accounting practices. Familiarity with diverse financial functions, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and e-Commerce, etc.

General Job Requirements: Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to use applicable information technology and systems to meet work needs. Computer skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite applications with an intermediate level of Excel skills. Ability to learn and understand relevant Chapman policies and procedures, and apply them for work. Ability to work independently as well as within a team. Meticulous attention to details and accurate record keeping. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, with a diverse group of individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside the University.

Desired: Experience in using and running queries from PeopleSoft Finance, Campus Solutions or HCM modules.  Proficiency in using PeopleSoft Finance modules. Familiarity in reconciling online payment accounting processes and procedures as well participation in account setup, testing and integration activities.

Notice to Applicants: This position will be posted for a minimum of 5 business days and may close at any time after that without prior notice.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.
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