Additional Information: * Please be sure to attach a cover letter and a resume with your application submittal.
POSITION SUMMARY Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Cashiers and Student Accounting, the Senior Accountant performs complex accounting transactions according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Federal and State regulations. This role serves as the initial point of contact for other departments that ensure that funding used to help students pay tuition and fees is accurately accounted for. Assists the Assistant Director, Cashiers and Student Accounting, as needed. Provides guidance and serves as support to other members of Cashiers and Student Accounting. This role will encompass the ability to troubleshoot and resolve discrepancies or inaccuracies; strong verbal and written communication skills and a focus on attention to detail are essential in this role.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
Disbursement and Reporting of Student Financial Data Responsible for maintaining financial compliance with federal and state regulations and internal guidelines related to the disbursement, reporting, and reconciliation of funds used to help pay student tuition and related costs at the College. Coordinates drawdown of federal financial aid and reporting of enrollment to initiate the process to receive funds for tuition payments with other departments and colleagues on Campus and externally as needed. Processes refunds to students by check and ACH in accordance with established policies and procedures.
General Accounting Summarizes financial positions related to financial aid usage. Prepares financial and operational reports, such as bad debt expense and scholarship allowance, as needed. Completes reporting as needed for other student service areas of the college and reconciles accounts to ensure proper accounting is complete. Provides required information for the annual external audit. Documents and may approve business transactions to the general ledger and student accounts. Analyzes, investigates, and corrects accounting entries as needed. Keeps accurate records. Completes and maintains required documentation.
Annual Compliance Tests, reviews, and issues 1098T statements to students according to IRS regulations. Ensure that they are also filed with the IRS by the reporting deadline.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and community members.
OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Attends all required department meetings and training. Manages multiple assignments of varying complexity while meeting federal, state, and internal regulations and procedures.
Assists with customer service in the department as needed. Demonstrates the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners. Hours may include working outside of a normal workweek schedule to support workload. Works overtime as needed to meet business demands.
CORE COMPETENCIES Professionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Leadership, Planning & Organizing, Business Acumen, Technology Savvy, Building Partnerships, and Valuing Differences
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: Standard organizational skills, generally accepted accounting principles, generally accepted auditing standards, Government Auditing Standards, computer software programs and enterprise applications, including cloud applications that include Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook), and accounting programs and software.
Skill in: Exceptional customer service; excellent verbal and written communication both internally within the College and outside the College; excellent organization; preparing invoices and financial reports; statistical data entry; application of job software including word processing and spreadsheets.
Ability to: Work closely with internal and external partners at various levels; operate general office equipment; work with minimal supervision; provide support for the work of others on accounts receivables projects; accurately post information to records; apply accounting principles; apply basic organizational principles to practical work situations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, job contacts, and public; collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; perform detailed work with numerical data; research and analyze financial matters; answer general and technical accounting questions; read and comprehend technical information; critically think and problem solve effectively; maintain the confidentiality of non-public and sensitive information; maintain accurate and complete work records.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into a computer. The employee frequently sits, stands, and walks for periods of time. The employee converses verbally or manually with others in person and by telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. The employee occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS An Associate's Degree in Accounting and four (4) years of related experience.
State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).
*An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework, and experience may qualify a candidate.
Columbus State Community College has been meeting the diverse educational needs of the Central Ohio community for more than 50 years. The college is proud to be an important contributor to the growth and progress of the region and to serve as the front door to higher education in Central Ohio. From the first graduating class in 1965 through this year, 50,000 students have earned associate degrees in 50-plus technical fields and academic transfer programs. Columbus State also offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs whose coursework fulfills the freshman and sophomore year requirements for bachelor’s degree programs offered by four-year colleges and universities throughout the state. Specific transfer agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities are in place at Columbus State, and new direct-to degree partnership programs are being developed all the time. Columbus State now has two campuses serving Central Ohio educational needs. The Columbus Campus is located on 85 acres in downtown Columbus. The 108-acre, full-service Delaware Campus welcomed its first students in 2010. Additionally, Columbus State offers classes at nine convenient regional learning centers throughout Central Ohio.