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Job Req ID:  19307

Sr. Accountant


About Johns Hopkins University:

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 Office of the VP for Planning and Budget works collaboratively across the University to support high-level strategic planning issues and initiatives including the Strategic Initiatives team, the University Budget Office and 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 1,400 full-time employees.


General Position Description:

The Senior Accountant will report to the Finance Manager for UA Financial Management and Operations. 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 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. S/he serves as a project lead for accounting projects and provides direction to less experienced staff concerning accounting issues. Finally, this person will not only have accounting responsibilities but will also assist with all aspects of the financial analysis and planning in collaboration with the rest of the UA finance team.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform monthly and quarterly journal entries for three 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
  • Monitor capital projects by working with facilities management, and the proper UA departments (where necessary) to ensure capital and expense are properly stated and project funding is timely
  • Other ad hoc request as deemed necessary from management
  • Work closely with 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


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 required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
    • 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.

  • 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)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of related professional work experience
  • If bachelor’s degree is unrelated, six years of progressively responsible experience is necessary
  • Candidates with an Accounting degree are strongly preferred
  • CPA or CPA candidate highly desired
  • Previous Johns Hopkins University and SAP experience highly desirable


Knowledge, Skills and 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


Classified Title: Sr. Accountant 
Working Title: Sr. Accountant  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,000 to $80,000 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 60002326-UA Business Office 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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