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Senior Accountant

San Francisco, CA

The California Academy of Sciences

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Are you interested in an accounting position that is tailored for someone that enjoys a challenge while working with a dynamic team and team members that are passionate about the mission of their organization?  Are you enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial and flexible approach to carrying out your job? Are you are curious and love solving a problem? Do you enjoy people and naturally provide great customer service?  The California Academy of Sciences seeks someone like you to join its Accounting team.

The primary responsibility of the Senior Accountant is to ensure that transactions are properly reflected in the Academy's General Ledger on a timely basis in accordance with GAAP. The Senior Accountant also ensures that internal controls and reporting requirements are properly executed. This position reports to the Assistant Controller.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.


  • Responsible for the preparation of General Ledger Journal entries during the month-end close, to include adequate supporting documentation that is audit ready.
  • Assists in maintaining the general ledger and ensuring data integrity.
  • Assists in preparing the month end close calendar and coordinating activities related to the close process.
  • Responsible for the review of journal entries prepared by accountants.
  • Responsible for the monthly review of financial results and variance analysis as compared to budget, last year, year-end and prior quarter.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of account reconciliation process. Ensures that all account reconciliation procedures comply with GAAP. Process must include adequate documentation such as account reconciliation summary and documentation of accounting entries for manager/supervisor review.
  • Responsible for the preparation of schedules and reports in support of annual and interim audit, all schedules prepared must be adequately documented.
  • Responsible for assisting in the coordination of the year end audit and ensuring that all deliverables for the audit are met.
  • Responsible for developing accounting procedures for new processes and preparing procedures/guidelines for other departments to ensure compliance with company policies and GAAP. Once process is final, responsible to communicate to appropriate users and Business Partners.
  • Responsible for any ad-hoc analysis requests from client groups in finance and other functional areas.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years of  relevant accounting and/or reporting experience, with at least 2 years of relevant month end close experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Business with a major in Accounting preferred, working toward passing the CPA exam
  • CPA preferred
  • Medium to large-size company experience


  • Must understand moderately complex accounting concepts, including a good working knowledge of GAAP to include revenue recognition, contingencies, balance sheet classifications, etc.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel
  • Strong process improvement and problem solving skills
  • Must have solid work-paper documentation techniques
  • Ability to analyze, be articulate and decisive
  • Ability to work well with others and to communicate and collaborate in a professional team environment. A qualified candidate will also be confident and independent.
  • Must be able to take initiative, be persistent and results-oriented

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 20 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 85% of the time.

Please submit your cover letter and resume online at Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.



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Address 55 Music Concourse Drive

City San Francisco

Zip 94118


Ad Number 00002881