Job Req ID:  112819

Senior Accountant

We are seeking a Senior Accountant  to perform routine and complex accounting activities requiring knowledge of systems, independent judgment and an ability to respond accordingly. S/he oversees activities on various accounts, analyzes past and current data and prepares expense projections and operational forecasts. S/he assists with the annual external audit and quarterly trustee reporting. S/he is responsible for developing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures relating to Contributions, Investments, and Endowment accounting and reporting in the General Accounting department. S/he generates routine and ad hoc reports and conceptualizes projects and follows through. S/he serves as a project lead for accounting projects and provides direction to less experienced staff concerning accounting issues. S/he possesses strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare assigned footnotes to the annual audited financial statements of the University.
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for the quarterly Trustee Finance and Audit Committee meetings, as well as, other meetings.
  • Review and analyze significant accounting transactions to ensure proper GAAP treatment which may require research of technical accounting literature.
  • Research technical accounting issues on a variety of accounting topics.
  • Consult with external auditors on various accounting and reporting issues.
  • Keep abreast of upcoming regulatory/legislative and accounting changes.
  • Perform daily accounting functions including reviewing journal entries to ensure proper posting in SAP
  • Review of GAAP reporting hierarchy in Analysis for responsible accounting areas.
  • Prepare reconciliations of various SAP accounts and modules and funds for compliance with University Policies.
  • Develop proficiency in relevant accounting and reporting pronouncements, most notably, The Not for Profit Presentation of Financial Statements Standard, Revenue Recognition Standard and Lease Accounting Standard.
  • Ensure the University’s compliance with ASC 842 by completing monthly, quarterly and annual lease calculations, including footnotes in the audited financial statements.
  • Collaborate with Johns Hopkins Facilities and Real Estate Team to ensure completeness of the University’s lease population.
  • Provide excellent customer service to divisions, departments and faculty and provide information to JHU personnel in a prompt, accurate and cordial fashion
  • Execute various reports using the SAP Analysis reporting tool from the various reporting modules, such as Special Ledger, Funds Management, Controlling, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Grants Management.
  • Work with and mentor staff accountants.
  • Develop, document, implement and maintain department policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Collaborating with peers, colleagues and staff.
  • Ability to prioritize work, conflicting demands to ensure projects are completed on time.
  • Ability to be proactive.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong PowerPoint experience.
  • Advanced Excel experience.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field.
  • Three years of progressively responsible related work experience. If bachelor's degree is in unrelated field, four years of progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with auditing or in an external financial reporting function including managing and interacting with external auditors.
  • ASC 842 Lease accounting knowledge highly desirable.
  • CPA or CPA candidate preferred.
  • SAP experience a plus.
  • Experience with various software applications (e.g. spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical and graphic packages), to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports. Proficiency in advanced Excel functions, Word, PowerPoint and various other applications.



Classified Title: Sr. Accountant 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Senior Accountant   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD  
Starting Salary Range: Min $62,300 - Max $109,000 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/JH at Keswick 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Investments, Contributions, and Benefits  
Personnel area: University Administration 


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

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