24-98 Accounting Manager (MAN 190) - Finance and Business Services Department
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 24-98
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Finance and Business Services Department invites applicants for the position of Accounting Manager. This is a hybrid position with up to 90% remote work.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
The Finance and Business Services Department provides timely, accurate and meaningful financial information and advice to the University community to support management decision-making, and to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, accountability, and regulatory compliance to the University's constituents.
Reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Accounting Manager is responsible for general accounting and reporting functions including oversight of banking activity, the student information system interface with the general ledger (SAP), the general ledger close process, and the preparation of various financial reports and tax-related returns. This position provides leadership, support, and implementation of best practices and positive changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s accounting function; supervises two Senior Accountants; and provides accounting guidance to campus partners.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills both on-site and in a remote work environment, a deep understanding of accounting principles, higher education experience, process improvement and automation experience, and a commitment to excellence in financial reporting and compliance.
Lead a team of two Senior Accountants responsible for ensuring timely reconciliation and recording of financial transactions
Foster a standard of superior service and maintain cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships as a campus liaison
Evaluate and improve business processes to increase automation while ensuring that proper controls are in place
Maintain knowledge of GAAP, GASB, University and PASSHE policy, NACUBO, Department of Education, and other external regulations for application at WCU; Recommend and implement changes to policies and procedures to ensure compliance
Understand the banking transactions, review reconciliations, and assist with resolution of reconciliation issues
Serve as liaison to the campus community when implementing software or processes that require ACH or merchant ID activity
Oversee financial aid accounting and reporting including annual reporting for the Schedule Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA)
Oversee component unit accounting and reporting including review of annual financial statements and component unit FINRPT submission to PASSHE
Participate in the general ledger close process and work to establish monthly and annual closing schedules to ensure timely journal entries and reconciliations
Assist in the management of the year-end financial statement audit process including timely submission of required documentation, responding to information requests and accurate completion of audit schedules
Assist in the preparation and review of the FINRPT, the annual financial statements including Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and other reports and surveys
Assist in the preparation and review of tax filings including the 990-T
Other tasks, duties and special projects as assigned
Five years of accounting and finance experience
Two years of experience with month-end close and associated financial reporting
Two years of management experience
Intermediate to advanced Excel skills
Master's degree in business related field
Higher Education experience
Experience with systems used in higher education (such as PeopleSoft, OnBase, Banner, SAP, and BI/Business Intelligence)
The salary range for this position is $80,086 to $91,526.
This is a hybrid position with up to 90% remote work.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Candidates should apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wcupa. Application materials must include a resume, cover letter and three professional references (all required for consideration).
Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and Strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.