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Job Req ID:  19200

Sr. Accountant


General Description:

The Senior Accountant performs routine and complex accounting activities requiring knowledge of systems, demonstrates 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 development, review and implementation of policies and procedures relating to joint venture 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. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited to the Following;

  • Prepare the monthly School of Medicine GAAP financial statements package and record required journal entries
  • Assist with variance analysis of fluctuations to budget and prior year
  • Prepare selected footnotes to the annual audited financial statements of the University, as well as supporting schedules for the unaudited quarterly University financial statements
  • 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
  • Participate in the review and analysis of each joint venture’s monthly and quarterly financial reporting packages and annual audited financial statements, if applicable
  • Review and analysis of joint venture annual audited financial statements
  • Perform daily accounting functions including reviewing divisional 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
  • Develop proficiency in relevant accounting and reporting pronouncements, most notably, Not for Profit Presentation of Financial Statements, Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting standards
  • 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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible related work experience
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula (18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience)
  • 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
  • Candidates with an Accounting degree strongly preferred
  • CPA or CPA candidate preferred
  • SAP experience preferred


Classified Title: Sr. Accountant 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,000 - $81,000 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 60007277-Financial Reporting-Joint Ventures & SOM 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University


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