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Accounting Technician II

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

This position, either independently or in conjunction with other Payment Services staff, performs a wide range of general and/or specialized administrative, technical and analytical duties and functions to support Payment Services and as related to the broader operations of Strategic Business Services.  This position will generally be supervised by and take direction from the Payment Tech Lead, but may also take direction from the Director of Procure-to-Pay. While the primary assignments are specific to the functional section of the department, there is a significant amount of cross-functional knowledge and analysis required to perform the duties of this position, especially as related to purchasing policies and procedures. While the primary duties of this position revolve around auditing and entering invoices into the Accounts Payable module to issue payment, the incumbent should be able to cross train within Payment Services to assume all Payment Services responsibilities in order to provide backup to other Accounting Technicians as necessary.

Department Summary

The Strategic Business Services Department (SBS) is made up of Procurement services, Payment Services & Distribution services and is responsible for the University's Procure to pay system Campus-wide. The Payment Services (PS) section of the SBS Department is responsible for the non-payroll disbursement function of the University, providing services intended to meet the needs of its customers, both in the internal campus community, external vendor community, and the regulatory community who govern and audit the operations. This includes but is not limited to processing of checks for vendors, employee travel advances and claims, student financial aid and fee refunds, vendor maintenance, salary and wage advances, submission of claims for reimbursement to the State Controller's office, sales and use tax compliance and reporting, reconciliation of accounts, balances, and system processes related to this function. The Accounting Technicians interact very closely with many campus departments and are relied upon for detailed, accurate, and timely processing. Within the finance areas, the Payment Services office must establish and maintain excellent working relationships with Procurement Services, Student Accounts, Cashiering, Payroll Services, General Accounting and the Budget and Finance Department. Data entered into the PeopleSoft Accounts Payable module has a significant impact on accounting and budgetary balances across the campus and the compliance issues surrounding disbursements can be complex.

Key Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of financial record-keeping, mathematical and general office methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Ability to review financial documents for completeness, accuracy and adherence to standards.
  • Ability to compute and post numbers accurately and rapidly.
  • Ability to interpret and apply written rules and regulations.
  • Ability to use tact, courtesy and good judgment in responding to others and in handling a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to three years of general office, clerical or financial record-keeping experience. (Any combination of education and experience, which provides the required knowledge and abilities, may be substituted for the required experience).

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $50,400 - $57,750 per year

Classification Range: $44,256 - $73,464 annually

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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