Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Accounting Services. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
To prepare and analyze the University audited financial statements, other special reports and manage, evaluate and maintain documentation of the University’s internal controls using COSO format.� To enhance communication and understanding between External Reporting and other University Accounting functions in order to effectively convert University fund accounting information into GAAP financial statements.� To research and interpret emerging accounting issues impacting year-end audited financial statements.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepare and analyze the various components of the University audited financial statements and coordinate their completion with the external auditors. Review components of the financial statements provided by various department managers to ensure integrity of data disclosed in the financial statements.� Participate in annual testing to assure continued compliance with Accounting Standards Codification section 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers for applicable University revenue cycles.� Create and maintain routine and ad hoc reports using Cognos and Excel supplying data, variance, and other analysis for the financial statements and other reports.� Explain report variances in written form to Senior Management. Communicate detail of financial statement results to external auditors during audit process.
Manage the University’s documentation and evaluation of internal controls using the COSO format.� This includes training University personnel in this evaluation format, managing their progress, reviewing their work and making suggestions for improvement.� This initiative is a result of the audit committee’s and University management’s decision to adopt portions of the Sarbanes-Oxley act as “best practices”.� In conjunction with this function, educate various constituencies in the University about internal controls and their importance.� This includes conducting classes for vice chancellors, deans, business managers and other department heads and personnel throughout the University.
Direct and coordinate preparation of the University’s audited� Report on Federal Financial Assistance in Accordance with OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance report).� Prepare and submit the NSF Survey of research expenditures and the financial segment of the IPEDS survey.� Prepare other special purpose surveys and reports as needed.
Other duties and special projects as assigned by Senior Management to support other sections of the External Reporting functions.� This will include preparing annual analyses in support of the University’s Tax and Cost Analysis departments and others as needed.� Participate in intra-departmental and program meetings to determine proper information flow between the general ledger and financial reports.� Research and interpret technical accounting literature for proper application of such principles by other University personnel.
Coordinate efforts with University Reporting team to facilitate GAAP reporting from University financial accounting system. Coordinate and handle various general accounting projects, including administration of the STARS program partnered with the University of Missouri – St. Louis.� Conduct and document moderately complex accounting activities on financial analysis projects.� Work towards minimizing on-top adjustments to financial statements by reviewing current recording methodologies and proposing changes.� Remain educated in new applications to ensure effective and efficient delivery of information.
Develop, maintain, and update policies, procedures and checklists documenting preparation of audited financial statements and other work assignments.�� Maintain current knowledge of regulations regarding accounting practices in a University setting.� Recommend policy and procedure enhancements.
An undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, or business with a concentration in accounting.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
High computer and software aptitude with proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management software applications and the flexibility to learn new applications as needed.
Four or more years of accounting and complex financial system experience, preferably in a University environment.
A service-oriented communicator who is an accessible team player with the ability to forge relationships and bring groups together on difficult accounting issues A self-motivated, reliable productive individual with a high degree of analytical intelligence and the ability to read and interpret complex accounting rules and apply them to transactions and activities of the University as needed.
This person must posses the competency to meet deadlines with varying degrees of pressure and be able to handle confidential information responsibly.
CPA; an MBA is a plus.
Three years of public accounting experience, excellent accounting skills and a working knowledge of GAAP.
Familiarity with nonprofit accounting guidelines.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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