California College of the Arts — Director of Accounting

Director of Accounting

San Francisco

The Director supports the AVP, Controller in the management of the Business Office. The Director is responsible for all areas of general accounting, including accounts payable. Key responsibilities include oversight of all daily operations of the Business Office, ensuring that standard accounting procedures and principles are applied to all processes. The Director assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures; develops financial information and reports; and assists in the annual college-wide budgeting process. The position is based in San Francisco.


Audits – 35%

  • Manage the preparation of support schedules for the annual fiscal and financial aid audits and the college's tax return.

General Accounting Functions – 25%

  • Management, training and supervision of general accounting functions, including accounts payable, and accounting for restricted funds.

Customer Service and Software Support – 15%

  • Assists other departments in the use of the financial software, running reports and understanding their budgets.

Quarterly and Annual Financial Statements – 10%

  • Assists in the preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements consolidating unrestricted, restricted, loan, endowment, and plant funds;

Policies & Procedures – 5%

  • Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for following FASB requirements, college policies, and standard accounting practices for the Business Office.

Track Expenditures – 5%

  • Track expenditures of temporarily-restricted scholarships and grants to ensure they are in accordance with allowable uses of the funds.

Other Duties – 5%

  • Performs additional duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Directly supervises the Financial Accounting Manager and the Accounts Payable Supervisor. Indirectly supervises the Accountant I and Accounts Payable Processor. Supports AVP, Controller in the training of the Senior Accountant.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field.
  • Extensive experience in financial accounting including audits, budgets, journal entry preparation, account reconciliations, and general administration.
  • Requires prior supervisory experience, strong communication and organizational skills, and knowledge of FASB requirements and standard accounting practices.
  • Familiarity with and ability to apply technological innovations to Business Office operations with strong computer skills using MS Office suite.
  • Experience using Workday or similar ERP software preferred. Prior experience in an educational environment highly desired.

San Francisco

Additional Locations

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.