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Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2023

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Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College is looking for an Accountant to join the finance team within the Controller's Office. This is an exciting opportunity for an accountant to gain experience in general accounting relating to higher education. The Accountant plays a valuable role preparing and auditing financial transactions, analyzing general ledger accounts, and reconciling financial accounts. This role supports the communication of policies & procedures and maintenance of expenditures and records.

The Accountant is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round position, starting at $31/hour commensurate with experience. This position takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Summary of Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and analyze journal entries.
  • Analyze and reconcile general ledger accounts.
  • Prepare budget to actual reports and projections.
  • Analyze and reconcile external grant accounts.
  • Prepare grant financial reports.
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly and year end close.
  • Assist with preparation of annual financial audit.
  • Create and maintain documented procedures.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline.
  • One year of related professional experience.
  • Experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong focus on attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excited to work in a dynamic environment. Ability to set and prioritize responsibilities effectively.
  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community.

  • Experience with Workday Financials.
  • Experience developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Experience with federal guidelines. Ability to comprehend and interpret legal documents.
  • Experience in a higher educational setting.

Schedule: Hybrid.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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