Senior Accountant

Howard University
Washington, DC
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
Full Time
The Talent Acquisition department hires qualified candidates to fill positions which contribute to the overall strategic success of Howard University. Hiring staff "for fit"A' makes significant contributions to Howard University's overall mission.BASIC FUNCTION:Senior Accountant for Reporting in the Controller's Office responsible for preparing internal and external financial statements and reports, analyzing financial statement activity, performing accounting research to find the appropriate accounting treatment based on GAAP and generating ad hoc reports. Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Reports directly to the Sr. Director, Financial Reporting.SUPERVISORY ACCOUNTABILITY:None.NATURE AND SCOPE:Internal contacts include executives, administrators, faculty, students and staff of other departments and the university at large. External contacts include auditors, consultants, representatives from other colleges and universities and the general public.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:Remain current with new accounting standards updates issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Be prepared to update Management on changes that will impact Howard University.Prepare Financial Statements including the Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities and Statement of Cash Flows for executive reports and quarterly audits.Collect data and prepare reports for varying surveys for different schools and colleges of the University. Prepare internal reports as needed.Forge relationships with operation groups and other functional accounting teams supporting financial accounting and reporting for the University.Prepare documentation and support audits and compliance processes.Efficiently perform accounting research by navigating accounting databases to find the appropriate accounting treatment.Perform self-checks to spot inconsistencies in accounting work and quickly uncover errors in both computation and application of accounting principles.Perform other job-related duties as assigned.CORE COMPETENCIES:Extensive technical knowledge of accounting principles and procedures which is noted through work experience at large publicly traded companies and/or public accounting.Experience in and performing accounting research and application.Excellent communication and presentation skills.Critical thinker with innate ability to work independently and under stringent deadlines.Documented success as innovator and creative problem solver.Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with auditors, staff, faculty, students, university officials and general public.Advance level of Microsoft Excel experience particularly Vlookups, pivot tables, and charts and graphs. As well as applied experience with various accounting software, including large ERP systems such as PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree in Accounting.Minimum of 5 years accounting experience in a large publicly traded company and/or public accounting, not for profit, or institution of higher learning.Ability to assess priorities, assign resources and maintain composure and diplomacy at all times.Strong project management skills, with the ability to proactively manage a variety of projects and timelines; demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness and an ability to manage multiple assignments and deliverables.Demonstrated ability to contribute to a culture of excellence, integrity and accountability.Superior work ethic and a dedication to the highest work quality and job excellence.Strong individual with excellent oral and written communication, articulate, detail oriented and accounting research skills.Advance knowledge of MS Office (specifically MS Excel) and use of accounting software, including large ERP systems such as PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle.CPA a plus.Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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