DEPARTMENT: Controller's Department
BASIC FUNCTION: The Staff Accountant under the direction of the
Accounting Manager will assist in the monthly closing process and
analysis of the financial statements for the University. The
position will prepare journal entries for the accounting of fixed
assets, grants, student loans, study abroad activities and other
assigned entries, prepare account reconciliations, balance sheet
analysis and various special projects to support the financial
function of the University. The Staff Accountant will assist with
the preparation of the quarterly reporting package and related
analysis, year-end financial statement audit, including preparation
of footnote disclosures and other required audit and compliance
requirements of the University.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED:
EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree is required; a Master's degree
EXPERIENCE: Three to six years of well-rounded accounting and
reporting experience, preferably in a university or non-profit
Thorough knowledge of GAAP Accounting (Non-Profit understanding
preferred, but not required)
Strong computer skills utilizing excel and experience working
with a fully integrated enterprise resource system.
- Strong communication and exceptional reporting and analysis
Assist in the review and timely preparation of monthly financial
reports to senior management.
Oversee the fixed asset process and maintain the reconciliation
to the subledger.
Support the maintenance and accuracy of the books and records
for the University and ensure adequate procedures are in place to
guarantee control over University assets.
Document processes and procedures as part of internal control
and departmental training.
Participate in the year-end audit and other required audits and
Assist in compiling any required management reporting or
analysis, including accounting for University grants.
Contribute to the maintenance and review of balance sheet
accounts to ensure accuracy of the reported balances.
Work with stakeholders across campus to ensure financial
transactions are accurately transacted.
- Other responsibilities and special projects as needed.
Cross organization collaboration skills and team leadership:
Technical accounting capabilities:
- Experience communicating impact of accounting changes to
management and others.
Participates in the professional development of the department.
Performs other duties as related or dictated by
Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.
The above information on this description has been designed to
indicate the general nature and level of work performed by
employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain
or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties,
responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned
to this job.
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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory
Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this
spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of
color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented
groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to
all qualified individuals with a disability.
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