Senior Staff Accountant

Dowagiac, MI
May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary
Southwestern Michigan College, a two-year college located approximately 30 minutes north of South Bend, Indiana, and approximately 30 minutes from Lake Michigan’s eastern shore is seeking a Senior Staff Accountant.
This position will perform accounting work in connection with keeping and auditing financial or statistical records.
Duties will include:
• Participating in the accounting operations of the Business Office.

• Review quarterly investment reconciliations for the College and the College’s Foundation.

• Supervise all Business Office student workers including: training, preparation of performance reviews and scheduling.

• Oversee the accounts receivable area including:
– Oversee the cashier window and assist with the supervision of the Student Account Specialist
– Responsible for accounts receivable write offs
– Be the primary contact for the Touchnet billing and payment system
– Back up to the third party billing and student refund processes
– Assist with payment plan set up and responsible for payment plan monitoring

• Responsible for third party reporting (ACS, IPEDS, Occupational Expenditures, etc.).

• Assist with departmental report development.

• Assist in coverage of the Business Office Window and Box Office Support.

• Review monthly/quarterly account analysis and reconciliation including, but not limited to, Title IV programs, TRIO programs, Advancement, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

• Performing other duties at the direction of the Accounting Manager, Controller, Vice President and Chief Business Officer, or the College President.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from an accredited college or university preferred; or an Associate’s degree in accounting or related field with 3 – 5 years commensurate experience in an accounting position.

Other Information
• Knowledge of dealing with financial and numeric data in compliance with state and federal laws
• Highly skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel Spreadsheets and Crystal Reporting
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Organized with no tolerance for financial sloppiness
• Experience with Banner software preferred
• Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard as well as seeing to read and review materials for accuracy
• Hearing and speaking to exchange information with students, staff and public
• Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
• Available periodically outside of normal business hours for special events

Position Information

Posting Number 20110567

Job Category Staff

Reference Requests

Reference Request Details

Accept References Yes

Minimum Requests 3

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Craigslist
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • MI Talent
    • Newspaper
    • MCCA Website
    • The Ladders
    • Michigan Center for Nursing
    • Indiana Career Connect
    • Employee Referral
    • SMC Website
    • RecruitMilitary
    • Indeed/SimplyHired
    • SMC Job Alert Email
    • HigherEdJobs
  2. * Do you have at least a Bachelor's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have an earned associate degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Academic Transcripts
  2. Optional Documents


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