The Business Services Department at Carthage College seeks a Senior Accountant. The Senior Accountant is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting, including maintenance of accounting principles, practices, and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, grant reporting, year-end audit preparation, and the support of budget and forecast activities. This position will interact with CFO and Controller and Business Services team members, as well as many customers of the Business Services Department, therefore requiring strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Obtains and maintains a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure
- Works with the Controller to ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year-end close, including timely completion of year-end audit
- Ensures the timely reporting of all monthly financial information, including the proper recording of all funds balances (plant, restricted, endowment, deferred gifts, federal grants and loans, and others as required)
- Ensures all monthly, quarterly and annual bank, investment and endowment compliance and reporting activities are performed in a timely and accurate manner
- Collaborates with the other department managers (Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Advancement) to support overall university financial goals and objectives
- Ensures reconciliation of assigned balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis
- Supports budget and forecasting activities as required
- Supports grant reporting requirements including:
- Analysis of award terms and conditions and specified guidelines, as well as billing and reporting requirements and spending restrictions
- Coordination of invoice processing including payment follow up, and collaboration with principal investigators and department administrators to ensure accurate and timely processing of financial reports
- Set up and ongoing analysis and set up of accounts to facilitate compliance to award and grant reporting, including corresponding cost transfers and corrections
- Ongoing communication with sponsors regarding required approvals, monitoring of variances to grant budgets
- Research inquiries from Department Administrators and Principal Investigators regarding financial data, allowable cost and other sponsors’ restrictions and limitations
- Monitors and analyzes accounting processes and related work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy. Assists in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department
- Responds to inquiries from the CFO, Controller, and other university managers regarding financial results and special reporting requests
- Works with the student accountants to ensure all assigned financial reporting deadlines are met
- Supports CFO and Controller with special projects and workflow process improvements
- Performs other job duties as assigned
Education, Experience, and Licensure
- B.A./B.S. in Accounting, CPA preferred
- Six years of progressive accounting/finance experience, higher education industry experience a plus
- In-depth understanding of technical US GAAP accounting standards, working knowledge of grant accounting, including OMB Circular A21 and A133; Uniform Grant Management Standards a plus
- Ability to read and interpret grant contracts to determine risks, appropriate accounting treatment, and other pertinent information, as well as ability to learn the district’s accounting systems utilizing available technology to handle multiple priorities; to meet deadlines; and to resolve problems
- Experience with large ERP systems, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to handle multiple priorities, meet assigned deadlines and to resolve problems encountered
- Excellent organization and time management skills, as well as strong oral and written communication skills
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and any supporting documents through the “resume upload” section. Please include all documents in a single PDF file. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 19 and will continue until the position is filled.
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.