Share this Job

Staff Accountant (5266)

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

Get to Know American University

At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail. 


Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


Learn more about American University by clicking here.  


Under the general supervision of the Director of Financial Reporting, this position assists team members with multiple accounting procedures and financial reporting of a large organization, which has a complex accounting system.  Specifically, this position will maintain various accounting ledgers and records to ensure the University’s books are accurate, review accounting transactions at the departmental level and assist with all financial statement audits and tax reporting workpapers.  Additionally, this position will work with units across campus (Provost, University Budget Office, Office of Student Accounts, Auxiliary Services, Schools/Colleges, etc.) to ensure the timely and accurate processing and reporting of financial transactions.

Essential Functions

  1. Analyze accounting transactions for adherence with the established accounting procedures.  Prepare journal vouchers, invoices, or other types of accounting schedules to maintain accurate records and audit trail.  Work closely with the departmental budget and finance staffs to ensure the timely and accurate processing and reporting of financial transactions.
  2. Responsible for the maintenance and control of accounting subsidiary ledgers.  Prepare accounting reconciliation’s between university and third party records and resolves discrepancies.  Review and edit proposed adjustments to financial records.  These functions are performed to make sure the University’s books are maintained accurately.
  3. Assist in the preparation of monthly financial reports to provide necessary information for appropriate personnel.  Prepare analyses of transactions for the annual audits to ensure accurate record keeping.
  4. Other duties and/or special projects as assigned.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Non-Exempt
  • Coordinator/Analyst A

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 1-3 years of experience 
  • Must have work experience which demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities needed to perform the job.

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.


Current American University Employees

If you are a current employee at American University, please log into AsuccessfulU through the myAU portal. Once in AsuccessfulU, please select the Careers tile which will take you to our internal career page. 


Contact Us

For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email


American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC