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Senior Accountant
DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois
Date Posted 01/07/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Multicultural Statement

At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us.

General Summary

The Senior Accountant will manage accounting processes, oversee accounting transactions for assigned areas and assist with the university's month and year-end close process, including preparation and review of journal entries, account reconciliations, financial statements, trial balances, and other reports. They will work directly with and supervise 1 to 2 staff accountants. They will provide technical accounting assistance and assist with external audits.

Responsibilities & Duties
  • Assists with the university's month and year-end close process including preparation and review of journal entries, account reconciliations, trial balances, financial statements, and other reports.

  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts as assigned and review reconciliations performed by staff accountants.

  • Mentor and train staff accountants and student interns.

  • Address and respond to ad-hoc management requests and other items from university personnel regarding financial questions/issues.

  • Complete technical accounting research and produces white papers to assist with decision making on unique, complex financial transactions.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting.

  • 4+ years experience in Audit.

  • 2+ years supervisory experience.

  • Proficiency with FASB ASC, Advanced knowledge of GAAP and COSO frameworks, AICPA audit standards.

Preferred Requirements
  • CPA license.
Managerial Responsibilities
  • The Senior Accountant will directly supervise 1-2 staff accountants.
Financial Responsibilities
  • Serve as the primary resource related to enterprise risk management, internal controls, and technical accounting research for a University with two main campuses with greater than $1B in net assets and 23,000 students.

  • Works collaboratively with management and executive level personnel throughout the university.

  • Findings and results will be presented at board meetings.

  • Interacts with external auditors and consultants with regard to audits and complex accounting transactions as well as numerous internal departments including Internal Audit and the Office of Compliance.

Other Skills & Abilities Reqd
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with ability to work autonomously.

  • Strong organization skills with ability to manage multiple outstanding projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to work with many individuals at various levels throughout the University.

  • Adept at thinking critically and analytically.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency with MS Office especially Excel.

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Additional Information

As a salaried and degreed professional, evening or weekend work may be necessary when deadlines, projects, or audits require completion.

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