Reporting to the Manager of Cash & Accounting Operations, the Accountant is a key member of the Financial Reporting and Operations team for the University.
Prepares monthly reconciliations of various University operating bank accounts and performs monthly reconciliation and analysis of general ledger accounts;
Assists with the monthly, quarterly, and annual closing processes for the University and prepares schedules and analysis on behalf of the team;
Collects and reviews departmental bank reconciliations for domestic and foreign bank accounts;
Prepares and processes journal entries for both daily activity and revenue received in foreign bank accounts;
Works with University divisions to establish new and/or modify existing petty cash funds;
Analyzes current procedures and makes recommendations to improve processes;
Supports the University community by providing information and guidance through effective customer service and support related to the chart of accounts and cash accounting;
Responsible for the daily oversight of banking activity and in this capacity acts as liaison with other University divisions and with banks to investigate and resolve questions regarding cash transactions;
Partners with immediate supervisors to analyze issues and determine resolution or routes to appropriate business units as necessary.
Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.
Bachelor???s degree in accounting, business, or related field and/or the equivalent
Minimum of three years??? related experience
Experience with PeopleSoft financial systems preferred
Experience in a university or not-for-profit setting desirable
Strong proficiency in bank reconciliations;
Must be detail-oriented, and have excellent analytical skills;
Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel;
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including active listening, are required to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences;
Demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a demanding environment;
Must have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines for short-term, long-term, and ad-hoc assignments;
Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments in a high-pressure, short-term deadline environment, and be able to work with diplomacy and efficiency in such an environment.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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