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  2022-04-14     California Academy of Sciences     55 Music Concourse Dr  


Reporting to the Senior Accountant, the Accountant provides valuable insight to our business partners by delivering timely and accurate financial information, building trust that fosters collaborative relationships, and anticipating and responding to the needs of the Academy. The position will participate in various areas of the accounting process including accounts receivable, month-end close, regulatory filings, and financial statement reporting.


Come join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values! Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for ReefsThriving California, and Resilient Islands – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every ­one of the qualifications for the position.

The position is a hybrid of on-site and remote work from home in CA and can change as business needs warrant. The candidate must easily be able to work onsite in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco when needed. Candidates are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, including receiving a booster shot, as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.


  • Close Process
    • Record moderate to complex journal entries timely and prepare supporting schedules to ensure a document audit trail for all journal entries.
    • Analyze moderate to complex financial statement line items to include variances as compared to budget and trend.
    • Prepare supporting schedules for quarterly and annual financial statements.
  • Account Reconciliations
    • Prepare moderate to high risk balance sheet reconciliations and flux analyses and ensure that any reconciliation items are resolved or cleared in a timely manner.
  • Revenue / Receivables
    • Provide oversight of the billing process prepared by the Operational Accounting team to ensure that billings are accurate and completely timely
    • Interface with internal and external business partners to resolve issues in a timely manner.
    • Respond effectively to customer inquiries in a timely fashion. Communicate all issues and/or disputes to their supervisor and operating departments
    • Review aging schedules and prepare analysis to determine if write-offs are deemed necessary.
  • Projects
    • Review and recommend improvements to streamline internal controls and key business processes.
    • Participate in the documentation of accounting process narratives.
  • Audit Support
    • Independently prepare working papers to include supporting documentation for audit support.
  • Other
    • Assist Procurement team with vendor set up
    • Develop working relationships with fellow team members and serve as the first point of contact for business partners
    • Conduct technical accounting research with assistance from supervisor
    • Attend to ad-hoc requests
    • Work required overtime during the close process, as well as to meet project deadlines
    • Follow all Academy safety regulations
    • Other duties as assigned

The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in Accounting preferred, working toward passing the CPA exam
  • 2+ years of relevant accounting experience


  • Intermediate knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communications. Able to effectively communicate with staff, management, and outside contacts in a cooperative and professional manner.
  • Must work effectively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Ability to transport 50 lbs.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to meet the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, use a computer, and communicate on the phone, in person, and online meetings/calls. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 95% of the time.

While this position would normally be expected to work onsite in the Academy offices with the Accounting team, under current operations, the position is expected to be primarily remote through June 2022.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please upload a resume and complete the brief online application HERE:

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to 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, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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