Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Accounting Department at the Olin Business School. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
This position provides critical decision support to Senior Leadership via project management in the academic, financial and operational areas of OBS. Projects may be high-profile and routinely require accuracy, scrutiny, confidentiality, and tight deadlines. Projects and analysis include the following areas: develop and implement a new management reporting environment (external and internal), work with senior academic and administrative officers in support of financial management, institutional research and/or institutional planning efforts, enhance analysis of financial operations and accounting transactions, spearhead accounting system initiatives, ensure internal controls are in place and operating effectively, implement various process improvements, ensure data integrity, recommend revenue enhancements and cost savings, etc.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage special projects (e.g. Strategic and Long-Term Financial and Capital Plans, Management Reporting Systems, New Program Financial Viability, etc.) for the Dean and Senior Administration.
Define and execute initiatives covering the full range of project lifecycles (scope definition, requirements gathering, development, testing, and implementation).
Effectively lead cross-functional, cross-departmental teams to maintain focus, motivation, and execution and lead meetings/give presentations as necessary.
School Financial Support:
Provide support and counsel to the Dean and Senior Administration with regard to analysis, planning, reporting, and the development of resources to achieve short and long-term goals. Identify, gather, assess, and analyze data used for making decisions, and make decisions where appropriate. Conduct various iterative and complex modeling exercises.
Develop and implement applications and complex financial models utilized in strategic decision making, including, but not limited to:
Fully Costed Management Reporting, which includes modeling and allocating faculty teaching, research, and service, facilities, student services, university prorations, and Olin administrative costs.
Tracking and forecasting OBS faculty and staff. Develop internal controls to ensure compensation is accurate and sourced correctly.
Develop and implement statistical analyses, ad-hoc reports, and data visualizations to be used for multiple purposes such as strategic planning, budget development and reporting, accreditation, enrollment management, and operations management.
Serve as backup to Financial Analysts in preparing financial reporting packages for departments and entire School, analyzing and highlighting significant budget and year over year variances and assist with year-end closing.
Support preparation of presentation materials and analysis for University budget meetings with Chancellor, Provost, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, and CFO, OBS National Council meetings, and budget meetings with OBS Senior Leadership.
University Financial Support:
Collect, analyze, and interpret data relating to the finances and operations of OBS. Identify corresponding policy implications and/or recommendations; analyze revenue and expenditures and prepare analysis for the Dean and Senior Administration, setting forth progress, trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. Key participant in strategic planning.
Analyze income and expenses, make investigations, assemble data, and prepare projections and reports for planning and decision-making.
Support preparation of presentation materials and analysis for the Deans, and School leadership.
Serve on University Financial Committees and Projects as needed.
Develop improvements in information retrieval and analysis processes, acting as a liaison to help streamline critical processes. Develop and coordinate the processes necessary to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting. Develop and maintain expertise in current and future accounting, budgeting, and reporting tools and systems.
Determine reporting needs and create customized user reports to meet operational needs.
Perform other duties as assigned, including departmental budgeting, reporting, and analysis.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business-related field with a minimum seven years of professional experience or undergraduate degree in accounting or business-related field with five years of professional experience and CPA.
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
Certified Public Accountant.
Previous public accounting experience.
Accounting/finance experience in a complex university environment.
Database experience; SAS, SQL, Access and other applications.
Experience in report writing, Cognos, Workday enterprise systems, and BI tools.
Strong analytical skills; strong problem solving and decision making capabilities.
Ability to properly assess pertinent data and develop a framework for effective and practical solutions to complex issues.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
Ability to present findings succinctly and clearly in narrative, tables and chart forms.
Strong project management skills; ability to manage financial system projects, set priorities and goals, monitor performance against goals and standards, and ensure successful project implementation.
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Access.
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Service-oriented communicator who is a true team player with the ability to forge relationships and bring diverse groups together on difficult issues.
The hiring range for this position is $66,866 - $86,990 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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