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Accounting Assistant (16184)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 27, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Financial Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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About the Department/Unit

The Office of the Controller is responsible for University Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Grants and Contracts Accounting. The office ensures that university funds are disbursed and recorded in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures. The Controller provides accurate financial information in a cost effective, efficient, and timely manner to those responsible for managing the financial resources of the university and to external constituencies.


The Accounting Assistant position serves as accounting and administrative support for the Controller’s Office - Grants & Contracts Accounting (GCA) Team. This position is responsible for assisting the GCA office of senior and staff accountants with day to day operations while also performing tasks such as (but not limited to): entering, updating, and/or retrieving accounting data from the financial system, ensuring award setup is processed electronically, preparing journal entries and financial position reports for cash transactions, and monitoring incoming and outgoing verbal and written communication. The Assistant provides general administrative support as required.

Essential Functions
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of basic accounting principles.
  • A high level of problem-solving ability including independent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Detail oriented is required.
  • Proficiency in computer software such as MS Word, Excel, scheduling, internet, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Non-Exempt
  • 35 hours/week
  • Specialist B
Required Education and Experience
  • Associate's degree or equivalent in Accounting or related business field that included accounting coursework.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 2 year of relevant general office support.
  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant accounting experience .
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Skill using Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel to develop briefings, presentations and reports, and to conduct analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of fiscal management/ accounting software applications.
  • Ability to enter, maintain, and compile accounting, budgetary, fiscal, labor/ payroll and leave data.
  • Must possess a basic understanding of accounting principles such as debits, credits, revenue, and cash transactions.
  • Hiring for this position is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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