Senior Accountant

Presentation College
Aberdeen, SD, US

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General Purpose                                                    

The Senior Accountant coordinates the work-flow of the Business Office.  This position exercises independent judgment and discretion in planning and carrying out the details of work procedures and methods regarding the financial integrity of the business office.

The Senior Accountant performs professional accounting in accordance with GAAP for a non-profit institution of higher education to help maintain the College’s audit, accounting, reporting, and budgeting functions and responsibilities through a variety of software programs.

The Senior Accountant assists the VP for Finance in carrying out the policies and procedures for the overall accounting functions of the Business Office.

This position supervises the business office staff; Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable (student accounts), and provides oversight of payroll processing and reporting.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Business Office

  • Prepares monthly and annual journal entries.
  • Completes monthly reviews and reconciliations of balance sheet and income statements accounts.
  • Prepares monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Accounting system maintenance including general ledger account creation and inactivation and account reporting structure.[EM1] [DH2] 
  • [EM3] [DH4] Works with Advancement to reconcile subsidiary ledgers for all endowed and scholarship gifts and temporarily restricted gifts to general ledger.
  • Develops and manages reports using Financial Edge.
  • Prepares required and assigned reports by compiling, researching, and analyzing data under the supervision of the VP for Finance.
  • Gathers required records and information and prepares audit work papers for annual audit by researching and analyzing the year-to-date accounting information; proposes necessary journal entries for audit.
  • Gathers required records and information and prepares tax return work papers for annual 990 filing.
  • Assists the VP for Finance in the preparation and construction of the College’s internal operating budget and is a member of the campus Budget Committee.[EM5] [EM6] 
  • Cross-trains to perform accounts payable function and will process weekly accounts payables at designated times based on departmental workload, as determined by VP for Finance.
  • Cross-trains student accounts receivable functions.
  • Remains competent and current through technical development. May attend training and/or classes as directed/approved by the VP for Finance.
  • Promotes a positive and professional image of the department by being knowledgeable about department policies and procedures, being able to serve students and others effectively, referring questions or issues beyond his/her scope to the VP for Finance.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the Business Office by performing all the other duties and responsibilities assigned by the VP for Finance.



  • Oversees bi-weekly payroll according to established policies and procedures and will perform bi-weekly payroll function as needed.
  • Verifies correct posting, and/or withholding, of salaries, benefits, and deductions to the general ledger.
  • Oversees, along with the Financial Aid office, monthly work study payroll process according to established policies and procedures.
  • Oversees preparation of monthly accrual and year-end faculty costing entries.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Education and Training


A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field is required or demonstrated equivalent on-the-job work experience.  

Knowledge and Experience

CPA preferred, however not required depending on experience.  Database knowledge, Excel expertise, non-profit accounting, and experience or understanding of higher education.

Working Conditions

  • Normal temperature working environment. 
  • Moderate to little amount of noise in the work environment. 
  • Friendly, teamwork type of work environment.   
  • Some lifting/carrying required to assist in the mailroom.
  • Normal amount of overtime and extended work hours required.
  • College Mission, Vision & Values

    As part of the Presentation College Learning Community, you will be expected to play a role in supporting the legacy of the Presentation Sisters, in promoting the Mission, living the Core Values, and furthering the Vision.


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    Learning… For a Better World

    Using knowledge to improve lives and make our communities a better place is the very heart of what we do at Presentation College. Here, service learning isn’t an add-on or an afterthought. It’s the very foundation of who we are and what our education stands for.

    Because, quite simply, that’s what the world needs.


    Our Catholic Tradition

    Our deep Catholic roots guide us in the way we approach learning and living. A core mission of our founders is a sincere commitment to social justice and human dignity, and that commitment is brought to life every day through our efforts to help individuals, families, and communities in need.


    Our Service Curriculum

    In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students complete at least two service learning projects. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of service learning programs and opportunities, and you’ll enhance the experience through reflections and journaling.


    Our Boundless Enthusiasm

    From building homes through Habitat for Humanity, to “Shop with the Saints” for families in need, to packing lunches at the local food bank, to hosting community meals and health clinics, to countless other service activities, there’s no limit to our enthusiasm for service. That’s why 97 percent of students say they’re satisfied with service learning at Presentation.

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