Accounts Receivable Specialist





The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is an 85 year-old student-governed and operated, non-profit affordable housing cooperative near the University of California at Berkeley.  Our mission is to provide quality, low-cost, cooperative housing to students who otherwise might not be able to afford a university education.  The BSC houses 1260 students in 17 room-and-board houses and 3 apartment complexes (ranging in size from 17 to 259 students).  We provide numerous leadership opportunities to students, who perform the majority of the day-to-day functions, working alongside a professional staff of 25, to operate the organization.  To learn more about the BSC please visit our website at  



The Accounts Receivable Specialist oversees the maintenance of all BSC member accounts and the posting of charges, invoicing, and processing of payments for all BSC student account charges, including room/board/rent, check-in/check-out slips, late fines, media/social fees, parking charges, housebills, and compensation. They collect on accounts by sending regular invoice reminders, following up with individual students, and communicating with students regarding charges/credits and the status of their account. They develop and maintain payment arrangement, deposit refund, and credit balance request processes, and ensure that requests are processed in a timely fashion.  They reconcile all student-account A/R records on a daily basis and prepare bank deposits and adjusting journal entries, as needed. 

They design and maintain online payment processes for student charges, assist with the maintenance and troubleshooting of the A/R database, and develop custom reports and tools to assist with A/R and/or other Accounting Department functions, under the direction of management.  They oversee the day-to-day management of the online payment gateway, including troubleshooting payment errors and declined payments, tracking returned payments, processing e-check fees and communicating with students and our payment gateway provider to resolve issues, as needed.

The Accounts Receivable Specialist also assists with the training and supervision of the Bookkeeping/Collections Assistant and student workshifters assigned to the Accounting Department.  They assist with monthly closings, the annual audit process, provide reports to senior management, and perform other task and projects assigned by the Accounting/Office Supervisor and Finance & Accounting Manager. 


  1. Thorough knowledge of applicable Accounts Receivable and general ledger systems, chart of accounts, and generally accepted accounting procedures. 
  2. Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn and utilize accounting software programs.
  3. Intermediate skill using Microsoft Office suite and advanced skill using Excel.
  4. Intermediate skill with Google Educational Suite applications (i.e. email, calendar, drive, etc.)
  5. Must possess strong organizational, record-keeping, and time management skills.
  6. Attention to fine detail and the ability to closely follow established policies and procedures.
  7. Ability to prioritize projects and adhere to deadlines.
  8. Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.
  9. Ability to demonstrate initiative, analyze workflow, and develop recommendations for improvement.
  10. Discretion, sound decision-making skills, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  11. Effective verbal, listening, and written communication skills and the ability to interact with members and co-workers in a professional manner.
  12. Fast and accurate use of 10-key calculator.
  13. Ability to type at least 60 wpm.
  14. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with an emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
  15. The ability to effectively teach, train, and supervise student workers.
  16. Desire and ability to work in a student-run, democratic, cooperative organization.
  17. Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive work environment.



  1. Four years college, preferably in Accounting, Finance, and/or Business Management.
  2. Two years Accounts Receivable experience.
  3. Previous training or supervisory experience preferred.



Work is performed in a normal office environment and requires the ability to operate a computer keyboard, 10-key calculator, and engage in repetitive motions. 


This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a competitive hourly pay rate based on prior experience and skill level, with a starting wage of $24.10/hour.  Benefits and other conditions of employment are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, which currently provides for a generous benefits package including annual cost-of-living pay increases, annual performance-based raises and bonuses, paid health and dental insurance for employee and dependents, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid long-term disability and life insurance, and an employer paid retirement benefits program.


You must fill out a BSC application and submit your resume along with a list of three professional references.  An application is available at 2424 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA between 10am and 5pm, Monday - Friday and can be downloaded from the links below.  Applications must be received by Sunday, July 15, 2018.  Applications may be submitted to the address above or via email to  For more information, please contact Kim Benson, Executive Director, at



HiCom (Chair),
Jun 17, 2018, 8:12 AM
HiCom (Chair),
Jun 17, 2018, 8:12 AM