Job Req ID:  110909

Sr. Accountant

Johns Hopkins University has a $6 billion annual operating budget in addition to a $300 million annual capital budget. The University is made up of nine academic divisions, Sheridan Libraries, the Applied Physics Laboratory and several independent institutes.

The University Administration Business Office reports to the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer which works collaboratively across the University to support high-level financial plans and strategic planning issues and initiatives. The University Administration Business Office oversees financial planning, analysis, and reporting for the university’s central administration business units.

University Administration (UA) supports the teaching, research and clinical mission of the University and its divisions by providing common administrative infrastructure and services; identifying and addressing shared challenges; and facilitating collaboration across the University and Johns Hopkins Health System. UA has an annual operating budget of more than $300 million from all funds, includes approximately 25 offices and departments, and has more than 1,600 full-time employees.

We are seeking a Sr. Accountant who will report to the Senior Financial Manager for the University Administration Business Office. This person will perform routine and complex accounting activities for the central University Administration office, requiring knowledge of systems, independent judgment and an ability to respond accordingly. In addition, this will require close collaboration with all the departments within University Administration as well as University divisions to ensure consistency and accuracy across the entire division. S/he oversees activities on various accounts, analyzes past and current data and prepares expense projections and operational forecasts. Finally, this person will not only have accounting responsibilities but will also assist with all aspect of the financial analysis and planning in collaboration with the rest of the UA finance team.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Calculate and maintain an administrative cost allocation for the University and the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
  • Administer the cost allocation through collaboration with UA departments and APL.
  • Review actual transactions in University Administration to determine allowable costs used in calculating the cost allocation.
  • Prepare schedules to ensure proper administrative cost allocation for leadership, APL, APL auditors, and APL funding agencies.
  • Serve as the lead in responding to audit requests as needed from APL.
  • Perform monthly and quarterly journal entries for UA business areas including accruals, prepayments, deferred payment, transfers, capital projects, allocations, etc.
  • Prepare reconciliations of various general ledger accounts and SAP financial modules.
  • Become an SAP system expert and maintain hierarchy in SAP, including review of new cost center and account requests for proper set-up and classification.
  • Prepare and analyze complex accounting transactions to ensure proper GAAP treatment which may require research of technical accounting literature.
  • Execute various reports using the SAP Analysis reporting tool from various reporting modules: Special Ledger, Funds Management, Controlling, Fixed Assets, etc.
  • Assist in the development of the five-year budget plan and quarterly budget projections.
  • Assist in the quarterly and year-end closing process for the UA division by utilizing both standard system reports and custom internal reports to thoroughly analyze results and identify variances.
  • Assist in the preparation of the quarterly and annual finance packet for executive leadership.
  • Other ad hoc request as deemed necessary from management.
  • Work UA departments to ensure preparation, transaction processing and results are in compliance with GAAP.
  • Prepare schedules to project budget and quarterly financial results.


  • Must be able to work/think independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be professional and discreet when handling highly confidential and sensitive information.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Applicant should have collaborative working style with excellent consultative, project management, analytic, problem-solving skills.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, flexible, and able to manage multiple challenging projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work setting.
  • A collaborative and service-oriented approach.
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Experience in various software applications (e.g., spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical and graphic packages) to assemble, manipulate, and/or format data and reports.
  • Strong technical expertise in the use of Microsoft tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

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
  • 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 work experience is required.
  • Auditing experience is strongly preferred.
  • Johns Hopkins University and SAP experience highly desirable.



Classified Title: Sr. Accountant 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD  
Starting Salary Range: Min $61,070- Max $106,710 (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: ​​​​​​​UA Business Office 
Personnel area: University Administration 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


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.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law: