The Senior Accountant performs routine and complex accounting activities requiring knowledge of systems, independent judgment and an ability to respond accordingly. S/he oversees activities on various accounts, analyzes past and current data and prepares expense projections and operational forecasts. S/he assists with the annual external audit and quarterly trustee reporting. S/he generates routine and ad hoc reports and conceptualizes projects and follows through. S/he serves as a project lead for accounting projects and provides direction to less experienced staff concerning accounting issues. S/he possesses strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Assist in the preparation of the annual audited financial statements of the University as well as the unaudited quarterly GAAP statements
Assist in the preparation of materials for the quarterly Trustee Finance and Audit Committee meetings, as well as, other meetings
Review and analyze significant accounting transactions to ensure proper GAAP treatment which may require research of technical accounting literature
Perform daily accounting functions including reviewing divisional journal entries to ensure proper posting in SAP
Prepare reconciliations of various SAP accounts and modules
Maintain GAAP reporting hierarchy in SAP, including review of new account set-ups for proper classification
Develop proficiency in relevant accounting and reporting pronouncements, most notably, The Not for Profit Presentation of Financial Statements Standard, Revenue Recognition Standard and Lease Accounting Standard
Serve on workgroups that will analyze requirements, communicate and implement these new standards
Provide excellent customer service to divisions, departments and faculty and provide information to JHU personnel in a prompt, accurate and cordial fashion
Execute various reports using the SAP Analysis reporting tool from the various reporting modules; Special Ledger, Funds Management, Controlling, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Project Systems and Grants Management
Prepare and review various other reporting requirements such as the University's 990 Tax filing and other governmental surveys
Work with and mentor staff accountants
Document and maintain accounting policies and procedures
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or Related field required. Three years of progressively responsible related work experience required. If Bachelor's degree is in unrelated field, four years of progressively responsible experience is required. Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula (18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience).
Experience with various software applications (e.g. spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical and graphic packages), to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports. Proficiency in advanced Excel functions, Word, PowerPoint and various other applications.
Candidates with an Accounting degree are strongly preferred. CPA or CPA candidate is preferred. SAP experience preferred.
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