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Senior Accountant

St. Edward's University
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 3, 2023

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Senior Accountant
St. Edward's University

Title: Senior Accountant

Department: Accounting Services

St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Senior Accountant. Under the general guidance of the Controller, the Senior Accountant performs professional accounting activities for specialized, complex assignments and functional areas. The Senior Accountant leverages industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the accounting department and the university. This position is a mixture of in-person and remote eligible

For consideration,

Bachelor's degree in Accounting required. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a variety of accounting functions, including month end closings, and using fully integrated accounting information systems is required. Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, business policies and procedures, particularly related to higher education. Knowledge of non-profit and fund accounting, particularly in higher education. Highly analytical and detail-oriented with a high math aptitude. Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain complex accounting requirements to diverse non-financial individuals. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, including Pivot Table, V- Lookup, data sorting, and Macros. Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis. Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles

Preferred Qualification: Master's degree in Accounting, Business or related a field. CPA Certification. Experience with Ellucian Banner or other Higher Education ERP.

Essential Responsibilities Include:
  • Prepares specialized and complex reports, financial statements, analyses, and interpretations utilizing advanced knowledge and proficiency in accounting practices, principles, and interrelationships with various departments.
  • Researches, analyses, and uses independent judgment in various daily and non-routine decisions affecting assigned functions and the general ledger.
  • Performs monthly bank account and clearing account reconciliations with follow up on any outstanding items within the month they occur.
  • Records all bank account activity through journal entries with supporting documentation.
  • Codes cash receipts and ensures weekly posting to the general ledger with follow-up to other departments on FOAPAL corrections or errors.
  • Calculates and records various month-end journal entries to close the fiscal period, per the internal month-end close checklist.
  • Creates ad Hoc Journal entries as needed.
  • Assists the Controller in preparing the monthly financial statement report by explaining variances from the budget or the prior month's activity, and answering additional questions that may arise.
  • Records monthly activity from contributions recorded from Advancement and ensures data is entered into Fundriver or to various departments on a timely basis for analysis of the University's Endowment.
  • Prepares Debt schedules and records pertinent entries.
  • Records credit card activities.
  • Ensures that all monthly closing activities are performed timely by other staff who participate in the closing process.
  • Creates monthly reports for various university departments, such as the Office of Sponsored Programs (for grant activity), Holy Cross Institute (as needed for board meetings), and Financial Aid (negative fund balances).
  • Records prepaid expenses and reconciliations.
  • Maintains the Fixed Asset Module and calculates depreciation and associated year-end fixed asset roll forward.
  • Completes monthly balance sheet reconciliations for all assigned accounts.
  • Investigates all unreconciled items until fully explained and brings issues to the Controller to seek resolution.
  • Recommends process improvements and automation, where applicable, to increase efficiencies.
  • Ensures the Advancement reconciliation for both campaign pledges and contribution revenue is reconciled.
  • Monthly reconciliation of Topper Tender activity to ensure all Card Office transactions are recorded and reconciled to the Blackboard (ERP) reports.
  • Assist with reconciling P-card activity and collaborate with AP on any questions arising from P-card transactions or discrepancies.
  • Fosters effective inter-departmental relationships to prevent reconciliation issues.
  • Assists in preparing reconciliations and roll forward schedules for annual audit.
  • Assist Controller with annual external audits, which include providing supporting schedules and documents, updating timelines, and performing detailed report tie-outs to underlying support.
  • Maintains an orderly accounting filing system, including supporting documents on the University's server.
  • Maintains GL codes and acts as an advisor for the GL portion Ellucian Banner System.
  • Conducts training for campus staff as needed.
  • Assists with special reports and projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

For detailed information, please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the job description.

The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

Medical & Rx Coverage - UMR (HSA & FSA Available)

Dental - Sunlife Dental

Vision - Sunlife Vision Plan

Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pet Insurance

Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

Retirement Plan - (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

Tuition Benefits

Paid Holidays

Services & Discounts


Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.

In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University?


St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;


We are not offering sponsorship at this time.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Reference #: J2020355

Available: Immediately


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