Job Identification: 879 Locations: , , , , Job Schedule: Full time Job Category: Finance and Accounting
The Senior Accountant, Financial Services is responsible for reviewing, reporting, analyzing, and interpreting complex accounting information and for monitoring compliance with University policy and GAAP. This position serves as a liaison to various Colleges and University business units. This position utilizes the BlueSky Oracle Cloud ERP system modules, reporting and budget controls to consult and advise university leaders on business processes and budget management. The Senior Accountant acts as an interpreter between the business operating units and financial affairs departments, including accounts payable, budget, financial and restricted accounting.
It is imperative that the Senior Accountant, Financial Services have strong communication skills to translate the needs of business unit into the transactions required by accounting standards. Participates in a wide range of process improvement related tasks, including but not limited to: business process redesign, ERP troubleshooting and update testing, University policy revision, etc. This position has frequent contact with budget owners, department managers, Deans and VPs across the University. Also oversees the work of staff accountants and student assistants, as applicable. This position participates in the overall financial team effort to provide quality service to all university constituencies.
What You'll Do:
Financial Services: Provides direct financial services functionality for anywhere from four to eight divisions. This will include being the liaison and direct contact for these areas, providing a high level of financial service to stakeholders within these areas. Works with Cost Center Owners and Department Managers on tasks including, but not limited to: resolving issues related to financial transactions, reporting and budgeting; training individuals on policy, procedure and systems; interpreting and communicating relevant University policies and procedures; leading efforts for process improvement.
Supervision of one to three staff: Ensuring the team remains engaged, is meeting deadlines and supporting efforts related to assigned areas. Ensuring staff have the tools required to operate effectively, and receive training as needed.
Crosstrains and collaborates with Financial Accounting: This includes working as an extension of Financial Accounting during quarterly and fiscal year end close, collecting transactions and posting adjustments, to ensure all university departments are operating in compliance with GAAP and university policy. Formally cross trains on various accounting functions with Financial Accounting, to ensure that there is appropriate overlap in ability between the two groups.
Issue identification and resolution: Works with contacts throughout the university, including stakeholders and colleagues in Financial Affairs, to identify potential issues or gaps related to topics such as business process, systems & reporting. Works with stakeholders and the appropriate Financial Affairs contact to identify resolutions for these issues.
Directly supervise 1-3 staff or assistant accountants.
Serve as primary financial liaison to up to 5 business units for a University with two main campuses with greater than $1B in net assets and 23,000 students.
Works collaboratively with management and executive-level personnel throughout the university
What You'll Need:
Bachelor degree in Accounting, or related business Bachelor degree, required.
Minimum 5 years experience in Accounting or Audit required
At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us. DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.