Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSE:Responsible for the day to day management, administration, and supervision of the accounting staff to assure the timely and accurate completion of required tasks and responsibilities. Maintain and enhance University accounting practices and financial reporting. Serve as a seasoned accounting professional in the application of theory and principles of accounting. Perform complex tasks with direct responsibility for critical and more challenging departmental procedures and assignments. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Oversee the selection, development and evaluation of staff. Determine staffing needs. Assign and monitor work. Evaluate progress of work in the department and institute changes as necessary to improve operational efficiency and improve internal controls. Assist with the development and implementation of new procedures and programs to improve department operations and ensure overall objectives and/or mission is met.Oversee internal and external financial reporting requirements. Compile and analyze financial information in conjunction with preparing financial statements and supporting schedules. Ensure that all financial reporting deadlines are met and financial records are maintained in compliance with prevailing policies and procedures. Oversee and monitor Central Accounts for fiscal integrity.Facilitate the processing of financial transactions in accordance with University policies and procedures. Preparation responsibilities as well as review of accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations. Process and review journal vouchers.Play a critical role in managing the Year-End Close Process, the assignment of year-end tasks, and related staff training, as needed. Manage the year-end task list to ensure all year-end tasks are completed in a timely manner. Serve as primary reviewer and/or preparer on certain year-end tasks. Preparation and review of certain financial statement components.Assist in the analysis and implementation of financial reporting changes (GASB pronouncements, etc.) with primary responsibility for the implementation of and on-going maintenance of the new lease standard.Provide direct support to the Director of Accounting as it relates to the management of endowment, investments, and development related accounting and tasks.Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: EDUCATION:Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university.EXPERIENCE:Supervisory experience in a large complex accounting environment. A minimum of 5 years relevant and comprehensive experience in financial statement preparation and journal voucher processing. Demonstrated and specific knowledge and previous hands on experience (through the ranks) with operations and procedures in a large accounting operations. A minimum of 5 years comprehensive and in-depth experience in the use of Microsoft Office suite of products especially Excel and Access and similar analytical and reporting tools. Extensive knowledge of Banner administrative systems and previous experience in a university environment are highly preferred.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:Demonstrated, comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles generally and particularly relating to fund and/or college and university accounting and GASB. Reasonable knowledge and understanding of University policies and procedures in a large and complex environment. SUPERVISORY SKILLSAbility to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to train and develop staff. Ability to foster teamwork among staff members. Provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects. CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLSAbility to actively serve customers, both internal and external to the University. Resolve issues and provide timely and sufficient follow-up. ANALYTICAL SKILLS: Keen ability to make valid and reliable evaluation of information with demonstrated attention to detail. LEARNING AGILITYIndependent and innovative self-starter who can display an ability to learn rapidly and adapt quickly to changing situations. COMMUNICATION SKILLSAbility to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally both orally and in writing. Ability to develop and conduct effective training programs. TECHNOLOGY SKILLSProficient in the use of complex financial management system software, preferably with Banner or comparable software in a higher education environment. Comprehensive and in-depth experience in the use of Microsoft Office suite of products especially Excel and Access and similar analytical and reporting tools. LEADERSHIP SKILLSAbility to lead and influence staff, make difficult decisions, function with integrity and demonstrate sound judgement.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.