Position Title: Director, Accounting
Department: Finance Office
Advertised Pay: Low to mid $70,000's
Campus Location: Washburn University
The screening committee will review all eligible applications
submitted by October 31, 2023
Position Summary: The Director of Accounting performs
professional accounting duties and prepares for month-end and
year-end closing procedures, including the annual audit. Assists
the Assistant Vice President Finance with oversight of the
University’s daily accounting and Finance office operations.
• Responsible for maintaining a healthy, fair, and inclusive work
environment by promoting diversity, exercising teamwork, and
collaboration. Actively promote a professional workplace culture of
mutual respect and collegiality for all members of the institution.
Work to build positive and cooperative relationships with staff,
encouraging them to work toward individual and departmental
• Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate the performance of assigned
staff. Areas of supervision include payroll, accounts payable,
general and grant accounting.
• Assist with developing and maintaining accounting policies,
procedures and controls per sound accounting principles, applicable
regulations, laws, and best practices. Oversee general accounting
functions, financial reporting, audits, accounts payable, grants,
contracts accounting and tax compliance. Ensure compliance with
federal and state laws, regulations, and university policies and
• Execute an internal control system and process that ensures
successful audits to allow Washburn to continue receiving state and
federal funds and be a responsible steward of others’ monies.
• Compile and analyze financial data and develop financial reports
to apprise members of the Washburn University Board of Regents
(WUBOR) of the University’s financial position. Submit prepared
reports before board meetings for review, proofing, and
• Coordinate preparation of schedules and reports required for the
University’s Annual Audit. Assign completion of schedules and due
dates to appropriate staff. Review completed schedules to verify
accuracy. Prepare certain schedules including financial statements
and submit for review. Compile completed schedules into the audit
report for distribution to the WUBOR and other stakeholders.
• Review and analyze new GASB accounting pronouncements to identify
those that affect the University, determine their impact, and
develop recommendations to assist with implementation.
• Schedule and handle all year-end closing procedures, including
general ledger roll and encumbrance rollover to the new fiscal
• Prepare schedules for annual 990T tax returns and coordinate
filing of returns with auditors.
• Compile data and prepare special reports and analyses as
requested or appropriate for inclusion in surveys and other
• Provide information such as general ledger account balances and
explain accounting transactions as requested to assist with budget
management and departments’ record reconciliation. Research records
to assist with resolving accounting issues and discrepancies at the
• Monitor bank account and Municipal Investment Pool (MIP) balances
and make transfers between accounts consistent with cash needs to
maintain positive cash balances and maximize return on cash and
cash equivalents. Make transfers to MIP for semi-annual debt
• Develop and maintain a cash requirements forecasting model to
ensure that sufficient cash is available to allow the University to
meet its financial obligations.
• Monitor and report on spending on annual capital and equipment
projects to keep administrators apprised of financial issues
relative to ongoing projects. Prepare quarterly billing to the
foundation for capital projects as needed.
• Analyze purchases of capital assets to determine proper
accounting for such purchases. Enter assets to be capitalized into
the appropriate software program, run the annual depreciation
process at year-end, and complete year end workpapers on fixed
• Oversee staff that reconciles, investigates and corrects
discrepancies in the operating and payroll bank accounts,
outstanding checks, positive pay system, and remits unclaimed
property to the state.
• Direct and assist staff with fund and account reconciliations,
foundation billing and general accounting questions.
• Supervise and guide staff about Federal laws affecting grant
expenditures, reporting requirements, payroll payment issues and
guidance on IRS payroll law, and ensure all tax payments and
reports are filed timely
• Serve as an accounting resource to staff as needed.
• Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as
• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a comparable field.
• Three years of progressively responsible experience in accounting
or a closely related field.
• Demonstrated effective ability to work with minimal direction,
adapt to change and work well in a team environment.
• Proven proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal, communication,
organizational, and leadership skills
Masters degree (MBA, MAcc, or equivalent).
CPA, CMA, or CIA certification.
Five or more years of related experience.
Higher education accounting, reporting, and analysis
Familiarity with GASB accounting and reporting rules (especially
for colleges/universities or other business-type activities).
Experience using a large integrated ERP system such as Banner or
At least two years of supervisory experience.
Full time Exempt Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Background Check Required