Accounts Payable Specialist




The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is an 84 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 Payable Specialist is responsible for receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices according to established policies and procedures to ensure that BSC vendors and other entities are paid in an efficient, timely, and accurate manner.  They prepare and process all payment requests and work with co-workers, student leaders, and vendors to ensure compliance with BSC documentation and approval processes and work to resolve discrepancies.  They train and support unit-level managers in the appropriate reimbursement, purchase order card, and unit-level checking account procedures and reconcile unit-level checking accounts each month.  They assist with the training and supervision of central level workshifters assigned to the Accounting Department, as needed.  They assist with bi-weekly expense reporting, monthly closings, the annual audit process, provide reports to senior management, and perform other tasks, projects, and duties assigned by the Accounting/Office Supervisor and Finance & Accounting Manager.


  1. Thorough knowledge of applicable Accounts Payable 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 Payable 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 position with a competitive hourly pay rate based on prior experience and skill level, with a minimum starting wage of $22.11/hour.  Benefits and other conditions of employment are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, which currently provides for annual cost-of-living pay increases, annual performance-based raises and/or bonuses, paid health and dental insurance for employee and dependents, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, long-term disability and life insurance, and a generous 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 below.  Applications must be received by 12pm (noon) on Monday, January 22, 2018.  Applications may be submitted to the address above or via email to



HiCom (Chair),
Jan 6, 2018, 10:54 AM