Senior Accountant (823)

Date: Sep 17, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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With minimal supervision, plans, reviews, and supervises the accounting procedures and reporting of a large organization which has a complex accounting system.

Essential Functions

  1. Plans, reviews and supervises the management of a wide range of accounting activities relating to one of three functional areas within the unit. Interprets governmental, university or contractual financial regulations and establishes means to implement effective procedures for compliance. Update (4/04): Coordinates the University’s Capital Campaign financial reporting. Supervises the preparation of year-end audit work-papers.
  2. Responsible for the preparation of various financial reports. Supervises staff in the reconciliation of university transactions and reports with third party documents. Acts as liaison between the Controller’s Office and the University’s operating units in the processing and review of financial transactions.
  3. Updates and maintains various system data tables. Coordinates documentation of system changes.
  4. Coordinates audit work with the University’s internal and external auditors. Prepares audit work papers for the use of external auditors.
  5. Other duties and/or special projects as assigned by the Controller, the Director of Accounting.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Indirectly supervises 1 Staff Accountant

Work Environment

  • This position reports directly to the University Accounting Manager.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35 hrs/week
  • Exempt
  • Sr Coordinator/Sr Analyst A

Salary Range

  • $70,000 to $77,000 annually

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Three to five years’ experience or combination of education and experience which demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities needed to perform the job
  • Must have the ability to work independently
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Working experience either as an auditor of or accountant for a large non-profit organization

Preferred Education and Experience

  •  Professional certification preferred.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


Other Details

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.
  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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