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Lead Accountant

North Carolina State University
North Carolina, United States
$64,784.00 - $84,895.00
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Financial Affairs
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Full Time
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NC State University

Lead Accountant
Vacancy #:  PG191639SP
Anticipated Hiring Range:  $ 64,784-$84,895
Closing Date:  11/05/2021

NC State Continuing Education serves the public, the non-traditional student, and the academic community of NC State by facilitating access to University knowledge and resources and alternative methods of knowledge transfer; specifically to support non-credit programs provided by the University for non-degree seeking students.

 The McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education (MCE&CE) serves as a gateway to the vast intellectual and technical resources at NC State University. MCE&CE has continually evolved to meet the educational needs of individuals, organizations, governmental agencies, and corporations. For more than 90 years, MCE&CE has proudly carried on the tradition of public service first established by Jane S. McKimmon, a pioneer in the field of continuing education.

The Finance and Business office is one of the administrative support units within the MCE&CE, a $44 million operation that is supported primarily by revenue-generating programs. The Finance and Administration Office provides business administration, financial management, human resource management for full-time, part-time, temporary, and student employees, redistribution of salaries, supplemental pay, and audit, and approval of compensating controls, information analysis, contract and grant review, and policy interpretation and dissemination for all units within the MCE&CE division. The unit is an authorized receipts and accounts receivable center. The Finance and Administration Office is responsible for timely billing and ensuring that all collection efforts comply with the guidelines of the Attorney General Office and the Office of State Controller. Establishes and monitors use rates for the Division.

Essential Job Duties       

The Lead Accountant is part of a team of accountants within the Business Office and will report to the Business Manager. This position will be a part of an organization at a time of reinvention and a great opportunity. This position will perform complex, specialized accounting and supervise one accountant.

This position will lead in the financial management of the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education for specific units which may include McKimmon Conference & Training Center (MCTC), Print Services, McKimmon Repair & Replacement (R&R), The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC), The Collaborative (The Gateway), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) , Office and Professional Development (OPD), Customized Training & Development (CTD), and Technology Training Solutions (TTS), and other assigned units. The lead accountant with the support of their journeyed accountant will be responsible for one of the following areas of focus MyCAA and Tungsten invoicing, as well as billing for Ungerboeck and the University’s non-credit reporting system, REPORTER, Vice Provost Funds, as well as billing for MCTC and Print Services within Ungerboek and the University’s non-credit reporting system, REPORTER. This position is engaged in budgeting, cost accounting or other fiscal functions and will apply accounting principles and practices to a wide range of accounting, budgeting, and/or other fiscal functions.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Manage and analyze all OPD, CTD, TTS, and other assigned unit budgets. Advises unit heads and project authorizers on appropriate courses of action with regard to the management of their funds.  Includes preparing financial reports on a regular basis.

  • Office of Professional Development Closeout: Reconcile OPD program financial information from the Project Coordinator’s closeout reports. Process revenue sharing (contra revenue) or billing to clients per reconciled closeouts.
  • Analyze and provide recommendations for OPD/TTS Administrative Fee, Revenue Sharing Agreements, Sales Forecasts.
  • Must independently interpret and apply a thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), internal controls, accounting functions, accounts receivables, collection policies, and regulations.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert in contracts submission; Works directly with Procurement for contract approvals and serves as the liaison between vendor and purchasing for any contract-related issues.
  • Applies extensive accounting acumen and background to review and process all procurement requisitions $5K and over, small purchase vouchers, reimbursements, and various other accounting tasks.
  • Responsible for timely, accurate preparation and examination of a variety of financial reports (financial status reports, cost-sharing reports, etc.) and invoicing.
  • Meet with Business Officer and AVP Business Operations to review progress and input in the monthly Financial Statements.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of accounting theories and principles and systems design.
  • Monitor and collect data to assess accuracy and integrity; analyze data; ensure compliance with applicable standards, rules, regulations, and systems of internal control; interpret and evaluate results, prepare documentation; create financial reports and/or presentations.
  • Independently resolve complex problems for which no clear precedent exists within the current system or implement new accounting structures. Compile, monitor, examine and audit various financial statements/reports for accuracy and integrity, and conformance to accepted accounting and program guidelines.
  • Process vouchers, manage all marketplace orders, requisitions, journal entries, travel reimbursements, refresh internal budgets and serve as a business partner with department heads and program directors.
  • Clearly and collaboratively communicates information with diverse audiences in a professional manner; Requires communication with appropriate university department(s) and/or knowledge of available resources.

Other Responsibilities    

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education  

Bachelor’s degree with 12 credit hours of accounting coursework; or Associate’s degree in Accounting; or Associate’s degree in Business or related discipline with 12 credit hours of accounting coursework; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications     

  • Advanced skills utilizing Google and Microsoft software applications (Google suites, Word, Excel – Advanced Excel ability).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting practices and procedures as well as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles(GAAP).
  • Customer-service oriented, ability to respond in a timely manner to questions and resolve problems as quickly as possible.
  • Ability to work under pressure, adaptability, and flexibility.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to work independently but also work as a collaborative team member and play an integral part in creating a positive work environment.
  • Excellent file management skills (both paper and electronic filing).
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work-developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Successful completion of a four-year degree in accounting with at least one year of professional experience.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the state and university policies and procedures as they relate to accounting and best practices.
  • Experience at NC State or other higher education institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the state of North Carolina and NC State fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Peoplesoft Financial experience.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm with flexibility. This position may be eligible for flexible work arrangements dependent upon office coverage and business office team members hybrid work schedules.

Valid NC Driver's License required

  • Yes

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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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