USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 113423Accountant II

Grade: J |Overtime eligible: Yes |Date approved: January 1, 2007


Manages the accounting records for an assigned major segment of the university's financial system. Applies an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles to review, analyze, summarize and report financial information. Designs accounting procedural and systems enhancements to improve operating effectiveness. May lead other accountants on a regular basis or on projects of a specialized nature.


Priority Time (%) Task (Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.)

% Manages the accounting records for an assigned major segment of the university's financial system. Monitors and reviews financial activity. Applies accepted accounting principles to design and produce regular reports and statements and analyze for accuracy, problems and trends and makes recommendations. Documents findings and recommendations for consideration by manager.

% Conducts internal reviews to ensure adherence to university policies and agency regulations. Examines and evaluates current methods and procedures for adequacy of controls. Recommends and assists in the implementation of improvements or changes.

% Develops or revises internal accounting systems. Designs formats to assist in reporting and analysis. Recommends and implements controls to ensure reliability of systems and integrity of data.

% Compiles and organizes data for use in budget forecasts and development. Produces regular operating statements. Evaluates actual performance to projections and develops conclusions and recommendations addressing variances. Advises and consults with management concerning the accounting and financial implications of existing and projected department activities.

% Advises on university financial policies and procedures, agency laws and regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles.

% Maintains currency with laws and regulations governing accounting policies and procedures.

% May act as a lead to other accountants and/or student workers with work assignments, problem resolution and/or with special projects. Provides leadership and guidance to accountants and/or student workers with work assignments and/or special assignments or short-term projects as needed. Assists in training or scheduling work assignments as required.
Emergency response/recovery:    
In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to "report to duty" in accordance with the university's emergency operations plan and/or the employee's department's emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff members if needed.


Minimum education Preferred education
Bachelor's degree Master's degree
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
3 years 5 years
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles including fund accounting Progressively responsible experience as an accountant with knowledge of university financial systems and knowledge of computers and financial applications
  • Analysis
  • Assessment/evaluation
  • Budget control
  • Budget development
  • Communication—written and oral skills
  • Conceptualization and design
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consulting
  • Interpretation of policies/analyses/trends/etc.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws/policies/principles/etc.
  • Leadership/guidance skills
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Scheduling
  • Statistical analysis
  • Adding machine/calculator
  • Computer and peripheral equipment
  • Computer network (department or school)
  • Computer network (university)
  • Fax
Supervises level
  • Leads one or more employees performing administrative, clerical/secretarial, professional/paraprofessional, project management work on a project basis
  • May oversee student, temporary and/or casual workers.


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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer