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Staff Accountant

Employer
Adler University
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 6, 2023


The Staff Accountant will assist the month-end close process with emphasis on grants accounting and consolidation of Canadian subsidiary, and monthly balance sheet accounts reconciliations. This position reports to the Controller and works as a member of a very strong team this position will have a great deal of interaction with the Accounting and Finance Leadership team

Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience
Certifications/Licenses:
  • CPA certification is preferred, not required
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Must be a self-starter, accountable for the entire deliverable.
  • Superior analytical and organizational skills with a proven ability to work with numbers and financial data.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Highest level of professionalism and integrity with the ability to handle and manage confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build strong relationships at levels with confidence.
  • Outstanding computer skills and proven success in working with ERP and related reporting systems.
  • Experience with Ellucian’s Colleague ERP system (formerly Datatel) or related accounting systems is a plus.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience in higher education is a plus.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

25% MONTH-END CLOSE:
  • Ensures bank reconciliations and assigned general ledger accounts including Financial Aid Receivables account are completed timely as part of the close process.
  • Records month-end journal entries to close the monthly account close
  • Assists the Senior Financial Analyst in explaining variances from budget and answering additional questions related to grants.
  • Records monthly activity for our Canadian subsidiary, including foreign currency conversion and translation.
50 % ACCOUNT RECONCILIATIONS:
  • Completes monthly balance sheet reconciliations for all assigned accounts.
  • Investigates any unreconciled items until they are fully resolved
  • Fosters effective inter-departmental relationships to prevent reconciliation issues.
  • Assists in preparing reconciliation-related schedules for annual audits.
  • Completes monthly income statement for each grant.
10% DOCUMENTATION:
  • Supports the development of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for reviewing procedures related to primary line of work (assigned reconciliations, journal entries) on annual basis to ensure relevance.
5% DATA MAINTENANCE:

Maintains an orderly accounting filing system.

10% SPECIAL PROJECTS:
  • Assists in automating and improving existing accounting processes.
  • Involved in communication with Vancouver auditors to answer questions related to the Intercompany account, which the Accountant reconciles.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by the Controller.
Work Environment (Physical Demands): The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Universal Core Behaviors:

Communication:
  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds timely..
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect, and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Strategies through verbal and written communication.


Teamwork and Collaboration:
  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.


Responsive to Change:
  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge, and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate, and informed independent judgment when needed.


Quality-Driven and Accountable:
  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions, and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities professionally, and on time.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity, and reduce costs while maintaining the highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).


Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
  • Supports and models the School’s Values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism, and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment to advancing the School’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School’s strategic plan and key strategies.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Adler University’s policy is that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.



As part of Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority groups of individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

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