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Job TitleAccountantFLSA StatusExemptPosted Salary RangeCommensurate with experienceEmployment StatusFull TimeDepartmentFinance & Administration DepartmentMinimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in business and finance or related field. An MBA degree is preferred.

Purpose of Job

Serves on the university’s accounting staff which is committed to the values of transparency, accountability, and responsibility. The incumbent will analyze revenue and expense accounts to ensure that our state operating budget is maintained.

Scope of Responsibilities

The accountant is primarily responsible for ensuring that journal entries are posted timely and accurately to the University’s general ledger. This position will perform general accounting duties including maintaining and reconciling ledgers and accounts according to general accepted accounting principles. He/She will prepare reports and analyze financial information.

Essential Job Functions

•Authorize payments and reconcile payroll withholdings/insurances processed by the Payroll Office and the Human Resources Departments.
•Assist at year-end in the preparation of the GASB reporting and Note Disclosures.
•Perform monthly activities to reconcile the general ledger and bank accounts, including but not limited to Proprietary Fund. Follow up on discrepancies to find cause and create journal entries to correct errors.
•Prepare journal vouchers and obtain approval for entries necessary to update general ledger for un-posted activity. Maintain files for audit.
•Perform interdepartmental journal entries
•Manage petty cash accounts
•Review general ledger activity to determine incorrect fund, organization, program, and account code usage; propose corrective entries; key into the system and forward for approval.
•Reconcile Title IV funds submitted by Financial Aid.


A Bachelor’s Degree in business and finance or related field. An MBA degree is preferred.

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities

•Knowledgeable of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
•Knowledgeable of Governmental Accounting Standards Board
•Knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel and Word
•Ability to analyze financial data and effectively communicate findings to management
•Interpret federal and state laws and regulations
•Maintain integrity and confidentiality
•Possess strong analytical skills
•Show initiative that promotes growth and development of the university
•Effective time management skills
•He/she must possess sound judgement and be able to communicate effectively
•The incumbent must maintain a high level of confidentiality when handling sensitive data
•He/she must be able to work independently

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areasSedentary Work - Exerting 10 poundsLight Work - Exerting up to 20 poundsOccasionallyMedium Work - Exerting 20-50 poundsHeavy Work - Exerting 50-100 poundsVery Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 poundsTravelOccasionallyExtended Work HoursOccasionallyPosting NumberS631Number of Vacancies1LocationLormanPosition End Date (if temporary)Open Date07/06/2020Close DateOpen Until FilledYesEEO Statement

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

Advertising SummaryExcellent Benefits PackageSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree in business and finance or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Have you previously performed bank reconciliations?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (Personal)
  6. Letter of Recommendation (Professional or Personal)
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    Posted: 7/8/2020
    Application Due: 1/4/2021
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