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Senior Accountant (Senior Financial Analyst)

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Senior Accountant (Senior Financial Analyst)

Job no: 503359
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Controller's Office
Pay Grade: 34
Date opened: 11 Oct 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 25 Oct 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Senior Accountant is responsible for general ledger maintenance, system interfaces and reconciliation, preparation and analysis of the university’s financial statements. These statements include Statement of Net Assets, Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in Net Assets, and all other statements as required in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) accounting principles and practices. Other general accounting duties include maintenance and creation of the Chart of Accounts, supervision of journal entry transactional detail processing and record management, and general assistance to the Associate Controller.

The position requires interaction with many academic and financial areas of the campus and requires close coordination with campus and off-campus governmental, financial and technical staff. It requires expertise in the university accounting system, standard accounting practices and procedures, as well as knowledge of the many Federal, State, and Trustee regulations, policies and procedures.

Examples of Duties:

General Accounting:

  • Assist with the maintenance and creation of the Chart of Accounts
  • Act as liaison and service provider to department managers on all accounting processes and procedures
  • Analyze and review journals submitted to the Controller’s Office prior to entry into the accounting system. May include assisting departments in the creation of journal entries
  • Assist in general ledger month end closing process
  • Record year-end audit entries

  • System Interfaces & Reconciliations:

  • Reconcile feeder system detail to the general ledger weekly and at month end for the following modules/systems:
  • Student Receivable System
  • Grants Module
  • Accounts Payable Module
  • Fixed Assets System
  • Reconcile monthly accounting activity on the Massachusetts Management and Reporting System (“MMARS”) to the general ledger
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations of other balance sheet accounts including liability control accounts, imprest and clearing accounts

  • Financial Statements:

  • Assist in the creation of the Boston campus audited financial statements, including Statement of Net Assets, Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in Net Assets, and all other statements as required, in compliance with GASB financial reporting standards.
  • Assist in the generation and analysis of the Boston campus footnotes, fluctuation analysis, financial proofs and other documents related to the audited financial statements as required
  • Prepare the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Finance Survey (and other survey requests), consistent with the audited financial statements
  • Miscellaneous:

  • Write, edit and produce ad hoc computer reports, using tools such as Query and nVision, for users, both on demand and as part of regular production
  • Perform special projects at the request of the Controller and Associate Controller as needed
  • Qualifications:

  • Education—Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field required
  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting, auditing and/or financial operations required
  • Strong computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Office products required
  • Proven skill in designing and developing analytical reports to support financial operations.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of GASB accounting principles preferred
  • Extensive experience with automated accounting systems - PeopleSoft/Oracle experience preferred
  • Experience in Higher Education, government or non-profit organizations preferred
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Application Instructions:

    Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

    Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

    Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

    Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:

    Salary Ranges

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

    Applications close: 25 Oct 2019 Eastern Daylight Time




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