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Accountant I, Accounts Receivables & Collections

Columbus State Community College
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Financial Affairs, Student Affairs, Financial Aid
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Title: Accountant I, Accounts Receivables & Collections

Department: Cashiers & Student Accounting

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Board Approved

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Compensation Type: Hourly

Compensation Range: 22.50 - 22.50

Schedule: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm some weekends and evenings

Job Description:

The College
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes.
With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation.

Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.

The City
Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally.

Position Summary
Under direction, the Accountant I, Accounts Receivables & Collections adheres to generally accepted accounting principles and performs various accounting duties involved in preparing, maintaining, analyzing, verifying, and reconciling the student account and collections portfolio. This position provides customer service to students via call center, online chat features, and email. The Accountant I will work with all areas of the Cashier's and Student Accounting department and serve as the college representative with the Ohio Attorney General's Collections Department, and work with other departments around the college as needed.


Collections Support
Assists in the collections process by providing documentation, debt breakdowns, and payment requests, assigns past due accounts for collections, processes settlement offers, posts collection payments, and prepares reconciliation journals monthly and annually.

Accounts Receivables
Assist with providing student services, including the advisement of student’s financial obligations, financial options, tuition invoice, and student account balances, provide customer service regarding collection issues (payments), process and review account adjustments, resolves discrepancies on student accounts.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and community members. Assist with conducting workforce analytics to identify potential inhibitors of a workplace environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Manage multiple assignments of varying complexity and meets tight timelines and deadlines, with the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners. Attend all required meetings and training, work overtime as needed to meet business demands, and provide assistance in the Cashier’s area as needed.

Professionalism, Planning & Organizing, Managing Work, Monitoring Information, Continuous Improvement, Business Acumen,
Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Problem-Solving, Collaboration, and Quality Orientation


Knowledge of: Consumer Debt Collection Act; Ohio Revised Code 131.02; cash handling procedures and related controls over cash and currency; standard organizational skills; generally accepted accounting principles; computer software, programs and applications; accounts receivable administration.

Skill in: verbal and written communication,scheduling, and organizing work. Customer service in Cashiers office and on Call Center. Ability to operate general office equipment; application of job software including word processing and spreadsheets.

Ability to: work with minimal supervision. Train and provide support for the work of others on collections projects. Accurately post information to written records; apply basic organizational principles to practical work situations. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, job contact, and public. Collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; perform detailed work with numerical data; research and analyze financial issues; maintain confidentiality of non-public and sensitive subject matter; maintain accurate and complete work records.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties for this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into a computer, frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms and stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person and by telephone. Vision demands include close, detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force up to 10 pounds.

Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Business or closely related field; AND at least one (1) years of progressively responsible experience in accounts receivables and collections OR customer support. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).

Experience in higher education, collections, or account management preferred.

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