Reporting to the Executive Director, Benefits and Pension Accounting & Reporting, the Associate Director, Pension Financial Reporting is responsible for the on-going accounting of the University???s eight pension/post-retirement plans ??? a mix of defined contributions, deferred compensation and defined benefits plans- with combined assets greater than $8 billion. The Associate Director is responsible for maintaining the plans??? books and records, including the related expense and liability postings, coordinating the plans??? audits, preparation of the plans??? financial statements and footnote disclosures and the pension/post retirement footnote disclosure for the University???s Consolidated financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). He/she works closely with others within Fringe Benefits Accounting, the Controller???s Office, and the Human Resources Benefits teams, as well as both internal and external auditors, plan actuaries and plan custodians.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
maintaining the plans??? books and records and handling monthly closing and reconciliation procedures;
complying with internal controls to ensure the protection of pension assets;
preparing the plans year-end financial statements and footnote disclosures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ERISA regulations;
participating in researching new accounting rules and updates and making recommendations as to applicability and implementation;
coordinating the plans year-end audit processes and acting as liaison with the University???s independent auditor;
preparing the Forms 5500 and other Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor regulatory compliance filings;
preparing the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) pension/post retirement disclosure for the University???s audited financial statements;
in consultation with the Executive Director, serving as the Controller???s Office liaison to the Benefits Department on pension/post-retirement related audit and accounting matters, reconciliations and ad hoc reporting needs;
monitoring investment performance in accordance with the University???s asset allocation for the pension assets;
working closely with the plans??? custodian and the plans??? actuaries to ensure that valuation inputs are appropriate and that pension related disclosures are accurate;
supports and participates in all pension plans related HR activities,
supervises the Senior accountant Benefits/Pension Financial Reporting and Accounting;
performing other related duties and special projects as assigned.
Bachelor???s degree (preferably in accounting, business administration or finance), plus at least five year???s related experience required.
CPA and/or advanced degree with public accounting experience strongly preferred.
Excel super-user with the ability to collect and analyze data evaluate information, prepare reports, and present findings and recommendations is preferred.
Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Knowledge of current FASB and AICPA disclosure and presentation issues strongly preferred.
Must be detail-oriented, analytical and organized, with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. Advanced Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) is required;
Must possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills;
The ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of senior University administrators, is essential.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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