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Senior Accountant (14940)

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Grants & Contracts, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Student Affairs, Financial Aid
Employment Type
Full Time
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Under the general supervision of the Manager of Financial Reporting, this position plans, reviews, and supervises the accounting procedures and financial reporting of a large organization, which has a complex accounting system. Specifically, this position will interpret governmental, university or contractual financial regulations, and establish means to implement effective procedures to achieve compliance, assist with all financial statement audits, and prepare tax reporting workpapers. Additionally, this position will work with units across campus (Provost, University Budget Office, Office of Student Accounts, Auxiliary Services, Schools/Colleges, etc.)) to ensure all contractual agreements and transactions are recorded appropriately and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Essential Functions
  1. Plans, reviews, and supervises the management of a wide range of accounting activities relating to financial reporting compliance within the university. Interprets governmental, university or contractual financial regulations, and establish means to implement effective procedures to achieve compliance, assist with all financial statement audits, prepare tax reporting workpapers and ensure all transactions are processed in accordance with GAAP.
  2. Responsible for the preparation of various financial reports. May supervise staff in the reconciliation of university transactions and reports with third party documents. Acts as liaison between the Controller’s Office and the University’s operating units in the processing and review of financial transactions.
  3. Updates and maintains various system data tables. Coordinates documentation of system changes.
  4. Coordinates audit work with the University’s internal and external auditors. Prepares audit workpapers for the use of external auditors.
  5. Other duties and/or special projects as assigned by the Controller or the Manager of Financial Reporting.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full-Time.
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A.
  • Exempt.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Must have work experience either as an auditor of or accountant for a large non-profit organization.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • 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.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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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