Staff Accountant

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Controller's Office Job Description

Job Summary

Support the accounting and compliance functions of the College. Process journal entries, review and post interdepartmental transfers, and reconcile accounts. Participate in monthly closing processes, including accrual calculation and posting for college inventory, accrued liabilities, deferred revenue; among others. Train stakeholders in the College’s budget and accounting system. Support and enforce College policies and procedures. Assist in the preparation of the quarterly financial packet, annual audited financial statements, and required filings. Support other members of the Controller and Finance department as appropriate. Participate in continual process change and improvement.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

General Accounting (85%)

Reconcile and monitor multiple general ledger accounts and create entries. Assist in the preparation of the audited financial statements, with lead responsibility in several areas. Participate in the reconciliations of college bank accounts related to operations, foreign activities, accounts payable, cash receipts, gift receipts, and credit cards. Complete the unclaimed check process. Create reconciling entries. Review, correct, and enter departmental journal entries in the general ledger system. Review and process external journal entries. Create and import adjusting journal entries. Assist in preparation, coordination, and implementation of general accounting policies at the College. Offer guidance and training to departments in the use of financial systems and with accounting matters.

Other Functions

Other (15%)

Assist the accounting, payroll and student employment teams in projects and processes. Support the accounts payable and cashier functions and serve as backup for absences.
Perform other duties as assigned.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated intermediate accounting knowledge; non-profit and higher education experience preferred.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree and/or professional certification such as CPA preferred.


Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated customer service experience in supporting users with accounting processes and systems. Deadline and detail oriented. Analytical approach to complicated reconciliation and data problems. Advanced MS Excel skill and proficiency with MS and Google suites and complex cloud-based financial systems. Familiarity with database queries and reports. Ability to organize and prioritize work, take initiative, resolve problems, and manage multiple tasks. Capacity to work independently and part of a team.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

February 22, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade K Exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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