The Senior Accountant reports directly to the Assistant Director of General Accounting & Reporting. Major duties and responsibilities of this position include:
Financial Reporting / Analysis -this position is responsible for the assisting the Assistant Director of General Accounting & Reporting in preparing timely and accurate financial reports. This includes:
Annual audited financial statements, including footnotes and MD&A
Monthly and quarterly management reports
Surveys, external and internal
Others as assigned
General Accounting -this position is responsible for the accounting for capital assets including construction in progress, capital leases and prepaid assets. This includes:
Creating and monitoring a system of controls, procedures, and forms for the recordation of these assets
Recommending to management any updates to accounting policies related to the accounting for these assets.
Preparing timely and accurate account analysis on assigned accounts
Reviewing account balances for completeness and the proper classification of transactions
Preparing audit schedules and assisting with audit inquiries
Cash Management -this position is responsible for the supervision of the cash management staff and processes. This includes:
Automating the cash management and bank reconciliation process.
Reviewing bank reconciliations.
Resolving reconciliation items timely.
Preparing cash flow forecasting reports.
Maintaining banking and accounting controls by following
Recommending improvements to policies and procedures.
Special Projects and Other Assignments- the senior accountant will provide support on special projects as assigned by his/her supervisor(s). These included but are not limited to:
Participating in the Workday Core implementation training and testing. Provide feedback and recommendations for system design improvements.
Workday or PeopleSoft projects which may include: testing system implementations, upgrades, or enhancements; analyzing data in primary and 3rd party systems; developing ad hoc reports; and participating in improvement initiatives.
Assisting in internal audits (i.e. corporate credit cards) which are conducted by the Controller’s office.
Meeting deliverable deadlines
Assisting stakeholders and requestors so they understand account balances and content
Assisting the Financial Reporting area in understanding account balances
Receiving and resolving helpdesk tickets as first level support for the GL module
Providing end user training/guidance in one on one and group settings
Staying knowledgeable of current GAAP as issued by GASB and FASB
Escalating unresolved issues to the upper management as appropriate
Performing other duties as assigned
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited University or college, CPA preferred
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles as issued by GASB and FASB
At least 7 years of experience in preparing account analysis and reconciliations, preferably in a public accounting
High precision in work
Experience using PeopleSoft, Workday Financials (preferred), or a similar ERP cloud system
Experienced in data mining
Exemplifying excellent customer service
Excellent communication and writing skills
Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills
Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize
Advanced Excel skills, including pivot tables and macros
Strong interpersonal and team building skills
Decision making and troubleshooting skills
Must be able to maintain confidentiality
About Montclair State University
With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, Montclair State is designated a Research Doctoral 3 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, the University offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus; a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level; and a highly productive, dedicated and diverse faculty and student body.
The University’s 10 colleges and schools offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs, and with more than 120 student organizations and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men and women, Montclair State offers its students a comprehensive college experience.
Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at montclair.edu