Job Location:
Los Angeles, CA – University Park Campus

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC department of Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) – Facilities Financial Services is seeking an Accountant I to join its team.


The Accountant I applies the principles of accounting to review, prepare, reconcile and analyze accounting records and documentation and financial reports. Assists in the development of financial projections and forecasts.

The Accountant I:

  • Monitors, reviews and verifies accounting records and transactions for accuracy, timeliness and adequacy of supporting documentation. Ensures compliance with internal policies, agency rules and regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles.

  • Determines current financial balances to produce schedules, summary reports, trial balances, income statements, and/or other accounting and financial documents in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Prepares financial reports from available accounting data following prescribed formats, as needed.  Reviews and analyzes reports for accuracy prior to distribution.

  • Identifies problems and interacts with internal and/or external contacts, as required, to correct deficiencies and/or discrepancies. Rejects and returns documentation as appropriate.

  • Reconciles accounts to the university financial system. Researches and resolves problems and adjusts accordingly. Ensures supporting documentation exists for audit purposes.

  • Assists in developing and maintaining automated systems and procedures. Provides input for the development of accounting applications, reports, forms, records and documented procedures.

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

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


The ideal candidate for the position of Accountant I meets the following preferred criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 2 years of experience

  • Knowledge of University financial systems plus a strong knowledge of computers and accounting applications

  • Accounts Receivables experience

  • Knowledge of Fixed Asset Depreciation

  • Experience with Workday is a plus

  • Additionally, the ideal candidate is diligent in their work, committed to teamwork, demonstrates excellent communication skills, and dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.


All candidates for the position of Accountant I must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 2 years of experience

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles including fund accounting


FPM (formerly named Capital Construction & Development / Facilities Management Services) is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining the breadth of the facilities at USC, and is also dedicated to creating a safe environment for our USC community. Woven into every service, safety is of upmost importance. As FPM, this diverse group of innovative and talented professionals provide high quality facilities construction, operations and maintenance services at USC and serve as dedicated stewards of USC and FPM core values. FPM values employee recognition, accountability, collaboration, respect, and trust.

Come and join the FPM team – a team that works as trusted partners shaping an environment of innovation and excellence. Apply today!

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience:
1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles including fund accounting


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at [email protected].  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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