Accounting Manager, Senior

Nashville, Davidson County
May 04, 2014
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Provide leadership and management of professional and clerical accounting staff in the application of accounting principles, concepts, regulations and practices. Analyze and review new accounting requirements to provide recommendations to management on options for compliance. Define and implement long term strategies to develop and maintain processes and procedures within an organized unit to promote innovation in accordance with University goals and objectives. Analyze and review financial data and prepare financial statements and reports for both internal and external purposes consistent with a comprehensive understanding of Institutional mission and vision, the role and goals of the business unit and consistent with an understanding of academic and healthcare accounting in accordance with GAAP, appropriate regulations, and University policies and procedures. 
Preferred education, experience, skills, and qualities:
  • Resilient, dedicated, flexible leader
  • Accepts feedback as an opportunity for improvement, not as criticism
  • Excellent communication skills  - honest, direct, and willing to discuss complex topics or provide difficult feedback
  • Builds strong relationships - strong delegate and advocate
  • Ability to distill complex data to essential elements and effectively
  • A bias for action even in the face of ambiguity and complexity
  • Attentive to detail while never losing sight of the high level strategic direction and impact
  • Strong results orientation
  • Innovative, energetic, positive and credible
  • Able to manage people during change
  • CPA and/or Master's degree in Business Administration or related discipline preferred
  • Public accounting experience preferred
  • Outstanding financial expertise; strong technical knowledge and skills; broad and thorough knowledge of GAAP, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis
Major responsibilities include:
  • Proactively assist Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs with assessing the ongoing activities within Academic Affairs to determine realistic financial projections compared to the annual budget and assess areas where additional resources could be invested or could be more redirected for a higher strategic use.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Academic Affairs on various University committees, provide insightful and diplomatic feedback to the committee and communicate updates to other constituents within Academic Affairs, as appropriate.
  • Consolidates Academic Affairs (operating, designated, plant & reserves) on a monthly and quarterly basis.
  • Produce, organize, and present information to succinctly and effectively "tell the story"
  • Facilitates select routine processes.
  • Reviews monthly reconciliations and materials prepared to ensure adequate reviews are being performed.
  • Exercise delegated authority with prudent assessment of individual transactions, considering the impact financially and operationally, mindful of internal controls and also setting the cultural tone desired by the university.  Review and approve further delegated authority and responsibility throughout Academic Affairs.
  • Actively partner and closely collaborate with key constituent to leverage opportunities and goals.
  • Assist in developing annual and long range budgets which adhere to the University and school priorities based on balanced assumptions.
  • Interpret information provided by others and advise how the information or request aligns or differs with University strategies and financial plans.
  • Develop models that respond to new financial or operational circumstances which allow for informed decision making and maximizes school and university resources.
  • Focus on attaining and sustaining long-term financial equilibrium and evaluate all proposals against this objective.
  • Function as a technical expert within Academic Affairs on budgetary, financial, accounting, operational, human resource, regulatory, and policy issues.
  • Act as a change agent, assisting the university with the successful implementation of new financial and administrative procedures and systems.  Serve as a major point of contact for problem resolution.
  • Develop a productive and effective working relationship with the finance leaders across the university. Promote a unified view of Vanderbilt University's interests and align all departments to work toward common financial goals. Inspire collaboration across academic units.
  • Respond to inquiries; resolve issues and conflicts.

Basic Qualifications

Job requires Bachelor's and 6 years of experience or the equivalent.

Job Accounting and Finance

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Kirkland Hall

Organization Provost's Ofc of Finance & Adm 140451PI76873804