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The Senior Accountant for technical research and internal controls will serve as the primary university resource related to enterprise risk management, internal controls, and technical accounting research. The position will be responsible for planning, coordinating, performing, and communicating results of internal control and compliance reviews. The Senior Accountant will develop and implement policies and procedures related to financial transactions and internal controls. The position will assist with annual financial audits and month-end financial close responsibilities.
Responsibilities & Duties
Plans, coordinates, performs, and communicates results of financial and operational process reviews throughout the university.
Identifies and documents risks and relevant controls in process workflows based on walkthroughs with university personnel, assesses the operating effectiveness of controls through detailed discussions and/or testwork, identifying root causes for control weaknesses, and proposes process improvements through corrective actions.
Actively monitors GAAP and COSO frameworks to ensure university compliance from a financial and operational control perspective will be required.
Completes technical accounting research and produces white papers to assist with decision making on unique, complex financial transactions.
Assists with annual Financial Statement, 403b Retirement Plan, and NCAA audits through coordination of audit work with external auditors to ensure timely completion.
Develops and implements University policies and procedures related to financial transactions and internal controls to ensure consistency with University processes and compliance with external regulations.
Assists with the university's month-end close process including preparation and review of journal entries, account reconciliations, financial statements, trial balances, and other reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree in Accounting.
4+ years experience in Audit.
Proficiency with FASB ASC.
Advanced knowledge of GAAP and COSO frameworks, AICPA audit standards.
Proficiency with MS Office including Visio and Powerpoint.
PeopleSoft or other ERP experience strongly preferred.
Public Accounting experience.
CPA or CIA license.
Serve as the primary resource related to enterprise risk management, internal controls, and technical accounting research for a University with two main campuses with greater than $1B in net assets and 23,000 students.
Works collaboratively with management and executive level personnel throughout the university.
Findings and results will be presented at board meetings. Interacts with external auditors and consultants with regard to audits and complex accounting transactions as well as numerous internal departments including Internal Audit and the Office of Compliance.
This position requires access to information that is considered confidential including employee, student, or university related information.
Certifications & Licenses
CPA or CIA license preferred.
Other Skills & Abilities Required
Results-oriented, self-starter with ability to work autonomously.
Strong organization skills with ability to manage multiple outstanding projects simultaneously.
Ability to work with many individuals at various levels throughout the University.
Adept at thinking critically and analytically.
High attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills required.
Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively articulate messaging clearly and concisely.
Lead and command meetings while displaying tact and composure during challenging conversations.
Periodically spend extended time standing.
As a salaried and degreed professional, evening or weekend work may be necessary when deadlines, projects, or audits require completion.
A criminal background check is required.
Additional Salary Information: Discussed during first interview.
Internal Number: 3081
About DePaul University
DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the nation with over 23,000 students enrolled in more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs. DePaul combines a strong academic foundation with real-world experience. Our main campuses are located in two legendary Chicago neighborhoods. The Loop Campus is steps away from world-class culture, art, sports, entertainment and dining. The Lincoln Park Campus is nestled in the heart of an iconic Chicago neighborhood full of history and atmosphere, just blocks away from the parks and beaches that line the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.