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General Ledger Accountant

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title:         General Ledger Accountant
Department:    Accounting Services
Reports To:     Director of Accounting 
Prepared By:  Office of Human Resources 
 
OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

SUMMARY
Responsible for assisting in preparation of monthly/quarterly/annual schedules supporting Financial Reporting according to the timeline established. 
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.
 
  • Compiles Routine and non-routine journal entries
  • Reconciles accounts to Brokerage, Bank, and Revolving Fund Statements
  • Performs account analysis of all General Ledger Accounts to check compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Prepares Operating Statements
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • Preparation for period accruals.
  • Distributes expenditures, encumbrances, receipts, and receivables according to schedules.
  • Performs statistical analyses to determine trends, estimates, and significant changes, and writes narrative reports explaining findings.
  • Analyzes financial information detailing assets, liabilities, and capital, and prepares balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports to summarize and interpret current and projected company financial position for other managers.
  • Audits contracts, orders, and vouchers, and prepares reports to substantiate individual transactions prior to settlement.
  • Determines proper handling of financial transactions and approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and company procedures.
  • Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the accounting of reserves, assets, and expenditures.
  • Collects appropriate data and prepares federal, state, and local reports and tax returns.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends university events and, required meetings (including weekly Convocation)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Received:
Receives direct supervision from Director for Accounting Services.
 
Given:
None
 
COMPETENCIES
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :
 
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
 
QUALIFICATIONS 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance from four-year college or university.  One to two years experience in solid core accounting in major business cycles, preferred. Candidates with an  equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. CPA preferred.
 
Language Skills:
Superior command of English grammar and spelling. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
 
Mathematical and Technology Skills:
Ability to read, analyze and interpret financial documents and statistical data using mathematical formulas and tools.  Knowledge and proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite, including, Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook and DatatelAbility to learn new software applications
 
Reasoning Ability:
Ability to deal with a variety of office situations.  Applies logical or scientific methods to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
 
 
Physical Demands: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
The employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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