Dir, Accounting

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*This is an Exempt position. Employees in this position are paid a salary on a monthly basis and are not eligible to receive overtime pay.

JOB DESCRIPTION: *** This is a central University Finance Division position.*** Is responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. Manages staff to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. Addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation, board materials preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities. Interacts with attorneys, investment operations management, the Controller, business officers and senior management. Oversees the general accounting function, which includes inter-company accounting, cash management/reconciliation, financial reporting, balance sheet management and income statement variance analytics. Ensures an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close. Ensures the timely reporting of all monthly financial information. Is accountable for ensuring that policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide reasonable assurance that the institutional assets are protected. Coordinates and oversees internal controls documentation and testing and segregation of duties. Collaborates with the other finance department managers to support overall department goals and objectives. Monitors and analyzes department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy. Advises staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions. Works with the Controller to ensure a clean and timely year end audit. Supervises the general ledger group to ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met. Assists in the development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department. Provides training to new and existing staff, as needed. Handles personnel issues related to staff conflicts, absenteeism, performance issues, etc. Works with each direct report to establish goals and objectives for each year and monitors and advises on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff. Collaborates with the Controller on special projects and process improvements. Responds to inquiries from the CFO, Controller, and departments regarding financial results and special reporting requests. Provides technical accounting GAAP guidance and support to all institutional units. Ensures that the institution's financial records, under responsibility, are maintained in compliance with policies and US GAAP. Responsible for reviewing monthly/quarterly account reconciliations and other documents to ensure compliance. Supervises the completion of Federal and State tax reporting requirements (including Form 990, Form 990T, property, sales and use, payroll and other local taxes), surveys, reports and other reports required by government regulation. Involved in validating/designing accounting system suggested changes to ensure accounting requirements continue to be met. Coordinates work related to both internal and external audits in the periodic review of the financial records. Is further responsible for the implementation of agreed upon recommendations, related to areas of responsibility, resulting from the audit findings. Ensures that the accounting department is staffed with qualified financial personnel capable of meeting defined objectives and responsibilities. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field and seven years of public accounting and private industry accounting experience which includes management level experience. A CPA or MBA is required. Experience in analyzing financial performance and developing financial plans within a higher education or non-profit environment. Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls and financial reporting. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and leadership skills.

The above statements are intended to describe the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.


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