Accountant, SAA Finance & Accounting Job Code: 4442 Grade: H
Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
The Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) exists to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students. Through programming, services and content we foster lifelong intellectual and emotional connections with the Stanford community and provide the University with goodwill and support. We deliver in-person and virtual events, stories and intellectual content, career services, travel, alumni news, an online alumni directory and support for hundreds of volunteer-led clubs, groups and activities. Among our most beloved offerings are Stanford Reunion and STANFORD Magazine. Our team works closely with each office within External Affairs as well as several partners across campus. Funding for SAA comes from the University, optional membership, our world-class Travel Study program, the popular Stanford Sierra Camp, and external sponsors.
The Accounting department of SAA is responsible for SAA's accounting, operating budget and financial reporting functions. The group also assumes the responsibility for ensuring compliance with University policies and regulatory requirements and serves as a liaison to the University central accounting and finance offices. The team provides periodic financial information to SAA management and coordinates regulatory tax and financial reporting needs with the University central offices.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of SAA Finance and Accounting, the Accountant will perform a variety of regular and recurring professional accounting functions involving fiscal interpretation and analysis, reconciliations, and reviews of multiple accounts and transactions.
In this role, you will:
Analyze accounting transactions and information from multiple systems to summarize current financial position at the unit or organization-wide level. Construct and assemble data for decision making; develop conclusions and present a high-level summary of recommendations.
Capture, track, and report revenue and expenses; determine appropriate procedures for accounting record preparation, research of transactions and reporting. Oversee, reconcile, and resolve problems relative to complicated accounts.
Collect data and perform research on details of transactions. Generate, review, analyze and communicate financial data that reflects actual financial performance against approved budgets. Prepare and present quantitative and qualitative analyses focusing on variances from budget and prior data.
Identify and resolve incorrect journal entries, data anomalies, deviations from established procedures, and unusual issues.
Maintain and review accounting process controls; recommend and implement any approved modifications; perform preliminary analysis and recommend solutions. Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for the area of responsibility.
Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; prepare management information reports.
Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes.
Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed. Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining the approach to managing and completing processes.
Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.
Serve as a resource to local departments to resolve accounting-related issues.
Act as a lead, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
Demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree plus four years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant work experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Intermediate proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; intermediate Excel skills. Prefer advanced proficiency in Excel.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.
Understanding of and ability to apply accounting skills and concepts.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.
Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.
Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals.
WHY STANFORD IS FOR YOU:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Location: Alumni Association, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 12000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.