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Senior Accountant

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

Job Details


Job Summary
This is an interim role for the period 3/1/2024 (as soon as it is filled) for a two year period. This individual will backfill accounting personnel during the Workday Financials implementation. A lead contributor to the month end closing process preparing balance sheet reconciliations and supporting financial reporting requirements and various accounting related projects. This role applies critical thinking to financial and other information with limited instruction and manages a high volume workload to meet monthly, quarterly and annual deadlines. The Senior Accountant researches and resolves issues/questions related to reporting and reconciling accounting data and prepares financial reports and supporting schedules in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and higher education industry practices.

Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Backfill accounting personnel during the Workday Financials implementation.
  • Prepare monthly standard journal entries; prepare monthly reconciliation of various general ledger accounts; responsible for researching and processing corrective entries.
  • Reconcile cash activity to the general ledger on a monthly basis.
  • Review and reconcile all system payroll journals and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Responsible for review of payrolls prior to confirmation to ensure data integrity. Reconciliation of time reporting, employee tax and benefit withholdings conforming with federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual federal and state payroll tax filings including federal form 941 and multi-state payroll tax withholding and unemployment insurance reporting. Prepare and reconcile annual W2 forms. Responsible for state payroll registrations.
  • Prepare compensation reporting for the College’s 990 tax filing.
  • Prepare supporting work papers for the annual employee benefit plan audits.
  • Manage tax determination system used for international students, faculty, and visitors to ensure compliance with federal tax reporting requirements. Prepare annual forms 1042 and 1042s.
  • Account for and process Jesuit billing.
  • Cross-train with and provide backup support for other team members as assigned. Serve as primary backup to process payroll during staff absences.
  • Manage PeopleSoft data feeds to the general ledger and troubleshoot issues as they arise.
  • Maintain PeopleSoft Finance security for end users.
  • Maintain the Controller’s Office website.
  • Assist with developing and documenting accounting procedures to maintain and strengthen internal controls.
  • Assist with the College’s external financial statement audit.
  • Actively participate in special projects as assigned. Projects may include but are not limited to testing system implementations, upgrades, or enhancements, conducting financial analysis and developing ad hoc reports and process improvement initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Accounting and a minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience, preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Strong analytical and accounting skills and familiarity with GAAP, as well as an ability to grasp college policies and procedures.
  • Experience working with ERP (PeopleSoft or Workday preferred) and other SaaS systems.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Excel, with experience using other Microsoft applications.

Core Competencies
  • Ability to work independently receiving little instruction on day-to-day work, with general instructions provided on new or unique assignments.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a customer-oriented approach.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Excellent communication skills; verbal and written.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to change.
  • Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Commitment to the mission of the College of the Holy Cross.

This is a full time, exempt level position with a salary range of $64,000-$67,000. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:
  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement - upon hire, candidates will need to live within commuting distance
  • Condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition & Education benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.
In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College's commitment to inclusive excellence ( ) . Please provide examples of how you have integrated diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into your past work. For more information, please visit .
Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.


College of the Holy Cross

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Our home city of Worcester, Massachusetts offers cultural, professional and recreational opportunities for students of every interest — from the masterworks displayed in the Worcester Art Museum to the one-of-kind restaurants on Shrewsbury Street. And with the ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire, the stunning beaches of Rhode Island and Cape Cod, and the cities of Boston and Providence all within striking distance, there’s much to discover throughout this dynamic six-state region.

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