The Staff Accountant position is responsible for providing leadership with day-to-day operational and financial functions and business processes for the Ashland Theological Seminary, a graduate division of Ashland University. Develops and prepares monthly financial statements, reporting and analysis and financial budgeting, projections and five (5) year modeling. Additionally, works in cooperation with Operations, Information Technology, and Safety Services as a liaison for the needs of the Seminary.
Essential Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares the Seminary monthly financial reports and analysis, projections, and cash flow in a timely and accurate manner.
Analyzes and reports actual to budget variances.
Evaluates and monitors performance against goals and objectives.
Develops a five (5) year financial plan and cash flow model for the Seminary and integrates with the University.
Supports accounts payable and cash disbursement activities to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
Maintains detailed reconciliations of all statement of financial position accounts and analysis and explanations of all transactions.
Collaborates and coordinates with Seminary leadership, department heads, and others to strategize and provide recommendations that are aligned with the Seminary and University's strategic plan.
Oversees the operational, financial, and business processes for all four (4) Seminary centers.
Performs day-to-day endowment accounting, monthly and annual reporting, and monitoring and policy development for the Seminary.
Performs day-to-day grant accounting and reporting for the Seminary.
Including integrating the Seminary grant programs with the University to create synergy and operate via a common system.
Assists the University Vice Presidents and Executive Dean of the Seminary with various Seminary contracts and agreements, including documentation, negotiations, and reviews.
Assists in solving Seminary operational issues other than academic, development (fundraising), and enrollment management.
Provides support to the Vice President of Operations and Planning and Chief Information Technology Officer for the Seminary facilities and information technology needs.
Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field from an accredited four (4) year institution. A CPA and/or MBA is preferred.
Two (2) plus years of accounting experience; higher education experience is preferred.
Financial management, budget planning, and forecasting.
Excellent computer skills; advanced Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access skills and Microsoft Office Word.
Ellucian Datatel Colleague or other higher education software system experience is preferred.
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to support effective interaction with various levels of faculty, staff, students and other constituents.
Must have strong problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills and an ethical value to maintain confidentiality.
In-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles including not-for-profit accounting and preferably in higher education.
Working knowledge of grant accounting including Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 subpart F, formerly known as 0MB Circular A21 and A133, Uniform Grant Management Standards.
About Ashland University - Ashland, OH
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and, hopefully, characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect.Translating the ideas of our Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others. It should be the goal of each Ashland University employee to ensure that our Mission Statement is not merely words on paper but a true reflection of who and what we actually are and intend to be in the future.