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Senior Accountant

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Job Description:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Accounting, the Senior Accountant will be a key contributor to the
HMS Office of Finance. They will provide support and advice to deal with special projects and
analysis that relates to HMS operations, policy development and documentation, process analysis,
management tools, and compliance. The Senior Accountant is part of a team who collectively manage the
accounting operations of the school.

The role includes: Enhancing the control environment by establishing and monitoring effective processes and systems; Ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting and adherence to GAAP and ensuring compliance with school and university policies and procedures.

  • Develop knowledge related to HMS accounting structure, including both income statement and balance sheet accounts.
  • Maintain a strong internal control environment by ensuring compliance with university policy and procedures, including review, analysis, revision, and documentation of policies and procedures.
  • Prepare journal entries to record or adjust accounting transactions in accordance with GAAP, HMS and university policies.
  • Develop a network of peers at other schools or in central administration to share and leverage best practices.
  • Promote a customer service environment, including providing support to multiple constituents including faculty, staff, and students.
  • Working with the Controller and Accounting Manager to interpret requirements, design and implement an operational plan, and roll out training for SAS 115 internal control initiatives.
  • Oversee existing SAS 115 initiatives to ensure compliance with internal and external audit requirements (e.g., Student Revenue controls, Financial Close controls, Payroll controls, Endowment + Gift Spending controls, Fixed Assets
  • Accounting controls, Journal Entry review), as well as HMS post-audit review procedures
  • Assist with the month-end and quarterly closing processes, including Central quarterly reconciliation and reporting requirements
  • Assist with the year-end closing process, including School-wide communications and meetings; journal entry inventory, processing, review, and approval; the departmental and School representation letter process; Central reporting and audit requirements.
  • Review and submission of monthly reconciliations of the Oracle Fixed Assets system to General Ledger.
  • Representing the School on University committees as needed.Typical Core Duties
    • Perform complex accounting transactions
    • Reconcile complex accounts, identify variances, and verify the accuracy of journal entries to the general ledger
    • Provide technical advice and problem resolution for a school/unit financial community on varied accounting issues
    • Provide financial reports to management
    • May prepare tax documentation and/or financial statements
    • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures, audit and accounting disclosure requirements, and applicable legal rules and regulationsBasic Qualifications
      • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or equivalent work experience required
      • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experienceAdditional Qualifications and Skills
        • CPA or MBA preferred.
        • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as experience with integrated financial application platforms (Oracle).
        • Excellent oral and written communication; strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
        • Attention to detail. Exceptional customer service skills.
        • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects on deadline.
        • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.Certificates and Licenses
          • CPA PreferredWorking Conditions
            • Work is performed in an office setting Additional Information This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments' business needs. All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA (exempt roles only), CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT).

              Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. -Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage: . -

              Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

              Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
              • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
              • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
              • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
              • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
              • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
              • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
              • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston. The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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                - Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging We are committed to cultivating an -inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values EEO StatementWe are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Senior Accountant, Accounting, Auditing , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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