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Job Req ID:  96879

Sr. Accountant

Senior Tax Accountant

The Tax Office is seeking a motivated individual to fill the role of Senior Tax Accountant. This individual will serve on a collaborative, collegial team that is responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with matters related to its domestic and international tax obligations.

Johns Hopkins University is one of the world’s leading research Universities, with annual operating revenues exceeding $6 billion. The institution is comprised of approximately 6,500 faculty, 6,200 undergraduate students and 17,600 graduate students across 230 degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. The mission of the University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

The Johns Hopkins University Tax Office reports through the Controller to the University’s Chief Financial Officer. The Tax Office is responsible for the University’s domestic and international tax compliance and is an integral member of this high-performing, client-focused team.

General Nature/Purpose of work:

This individual will serve on a team that is responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with employment tax matters. This includes compliance reporting, assisting employees with tax issues and communicating with various federal and state governments.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • This individual brings knowledge of accounting principles and tax laws, particularly those that apply to employment tax.
  • This individual demonstrates high levels of competency with Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Excel when performing specific duties and responsibilities.
  • This individual has tax research and writing experience and can navigate tax research platforms.
  • This individual has strong communication skills and effectively explains complex tax topics to University stakeholders outside of the Tax Office.
  • This individual has advanced capabilities in using the University’s payroll system to ensure that the data supporting tax filings is accurate and complete and that supporting processes are efficient and effective.
  • This individual is flexible and easily able to adapt to accomplish the University’s priorities and goals.

The Senior Accountant contributes to:

  • Preparation and review of federal and state employment tax returns and/or tax remittances.
  • Preparation and review of state unemployment tax returns and/or remittances.
  • Review of federal and state correspondence related to employment and unemployment taxes and preparation of draft response letters for manager review.
  • Preparation of reports, account reconciliations, work papers and journal entries as part of the tax return preparation process.
  • Development and execution of analytical reviews designed to ensure accuracy and completeness of data sets related to employment taxes.
  • Employment record set-up and treaty facilitation for international students and scholars.
  • Providing tax technical support to various University stakeholders related to employment, tuition reporting, vendor reporting and nonresident tax reporting and withholding.
  • Tax research projects related to employment, tuition reporting, vendor reporting and nonresident tax reporting.
  • Identification and implementation of work process improvements.
  • Preparation of materials to inform administrators about various federal and state tax compliance as related to their department.
  • Presentations to groups and individuals, providing information relating to special tax issues, such as residency status and international tax treaties.
  • Other special projects as assigned by the management team.

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
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations that apply to employment tax and taxable income.
  • Experience with large payroll platforms. Experience with SAP a plus.
  • Tax research and writing experience
  • Ability to understand the University’s accounting system
  • Proficiency in preparing PowerPoint presentations for the management team.
  • Proficiency in preparing complex worksheets using advance Microsoft Excel features.
  • Ability to interact with employees, students, and personnel from other departments.
  • Effective writing and communication skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong project management skills.
  • Proficiency in workpaper documentation skills.
  • Ability to perform tasks independently.
  • Past bookkeeping or audit experience
  • Strong analytical skills




Classified Title: Senior Accountant 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD  
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Hybrid/JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10001590-University Tax 
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:
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.


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


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