The General Staff Accountant position is primarily responsible
for the accounting and detail reconciliation of the Direct Lending
Programs provided by the Federal or State agencies, alternative
loan programs and HRSA loan programs that provides funds to SMU
students. Responsible for all general ledger accounting functions
regarding student programs and accounts, SMU unrestricted
investment and misc. general accounting analysis. Research and
ensures that the regulatory requirements for the direct lending
program and HRSA loan programs are being met.
Job Duties and Accountabilities:
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*. Responsible for month end close journals, balance sheet
reconciliations and prelim analysis in the areas of the direct
lending programs, HRSA loan programs, unrestricted investment
accounts and miscellaneous SMU student programs. Assist
Senior Accountant with any misc. journal preparation or uploads
into the general ledger system.
*Prepare, process or record direct lending and alternative loan
programs data. Executes all student return of funds under strict
reporting guidelines, ensuring all done in a timely matter so that
no audit findings occur for SMU.
*Assist Senior Accountant with interaction between Financial
Services, Student Accounting and Financial Aide offices regarding
all student related funding and programs so that regulatory
requirements are being met and accounting for such programs is
*Compile data and assurance that proper accounting methods are
being performed with government agencies reporting in regards to
the HRSA loan programs. Assist the Audit and Reporting Specialist
with preparation of annual report requirements under the HRSA
regulatory reporting guidelines.
*Compile data, prepare work paper and audit schedules for both
internal and external audits under the direction of the Audit and
Perform other duties as assigned
Skills and Abilities:
- Proficient in both personal and mainframe computers
- Knowledge of and experience with Windows environment, Microsoft
- Thorough knowledge of fundamental accounting principles,
theories and terminologies. Interpret and analysis the balance
sheet and income statement. Perform accounting tasks with accuracy
- Ability to work with confidential data such as payroll
information, financial aid personal information, government
- Ability to read and understand complex Federal and State
regulations and guidelines as well as accounting standards related
to the direct lending and HRSA programs.
- Ability to perform highly complex mathematical and statistical
techniques such as factor analysis, modeling and probability
determinations. Logical thinking to solve problems; several
abstract and concrete variables for systems development
- Ability to work independently while participating as a team
- Ability to organize and complete large-scale projects
- Ability to interface will with large and diverse user
- Demonstrate organizing, reconciling and analyzing
- Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, public and
Education and/or Experience:
- Baccalaureate degree from four-year college in accounting,
finance, business administration, or related field.
- 3-5 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting with
a higher education college or university.
- Basically sedentary deskwork
- Perform data entry and calculator use
- Ability to receive detailed information through
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