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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
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
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.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- 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
Required Education and Experience
- 35 hours/week
- Specialist B
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- 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 .
- 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
- Knowledge of fiscal management/ accounting software
- 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.
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