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.
At Columbus State Community College, we pride ourselves in being Central Ohio’s front door to higher education and a leader in advancing our region’s prosperity. By joining our team, you will contribute to our mission to educate and inspire an entire community of learners. Together we can change lives and help our students achieve their goals.
We are teachers, administrators, and staff members committed to a common goal: student success. We believe that fulfilling lives are grounded in self-awareness and continuous learning. We embrace bold ideas, lead by action and example, and recognize that more can be accomplished together than alone. We believe that a community college needs to look like the community. With that in mind, we are a proud reflection of the demographics of Central Ohio, and we leverage the College’s rich diversity to strengthen our community and increase regional prosperity.
With an annual enrollment of 45,000 students, Columbus State Community College is the largest community college in Ohio and among the largest community colleges in the nation. The College offers more than 300 associate degrees and certificates, making it an entry point to higher educatio...n and the workforce.
This is possible in large part thanks to the 2,500 dedicated employees who share their knowledge and experience. In addition to the downtown Columbus campus and the Delaware campus, Columbus State has six Regional Learning Centers as well as Industry Sites and Educational Partner Sites located throughout the region.