Director of Accounting Services

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Accounting Services  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

56000 - Finance Office Admin

Advertised Salary: $85,000-$100,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Direct the operational and personnel activities of the various accounting functions within the Finance Unit in order to maintain accurate accounting and financial records and effective information services for the University. Provide counsel, training and direction to ensure University-wide compliance with policies, procedures, and good internal control practices.

Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field.

Required Work Experience: Five years of demonstrated work experience in progressively more responsible and expansive work assignments in accounting.

Two years of management experience.
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: CPA or MBA preferred

Higher education experience
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Manage the operation and personnel activities of the Accounting, Payroll, and Disbursements areas within the Finance Office.

Lead the annual financial and internal audits, including the preparation of all audit workpapers.

Prepare periodic and special reports including all or assigned elements of the University’s annual financial report.

Prepare financial analysis and projections on significant items impacting the financial statements.

Assist in developing and implementing new policies and procedures that impact assigned areas of responsibility as well as revise existing policies and procedures as necessary.

Monitor and review University financial activities and accounts.

Coordinate with University faculty and administrators regarding accounting procedures, Federal and state regulations, and for adherence to grant and award program guidelines.

Direct all post award grant accounting.

Coordinate and review staff investigations of accounting practices. Recommend and implement corrective action where indicated.

Initiate and/or participate in the design and implementation of process enhancement and automation efforts.

Direct the scheduling and completion of year-end and closing activities.

Prepare or approve journal entries to the accounting system.

Interview, hire, train and evaluate supervisory and support staff.

Report directly to the Associate Vice President for Finance.

Directly supervises Accounting, Payroll, and Disbursements areas.

Serve as backup to the Associate Vice President.

Carry out responsibilities in accordance with University policies, procedures and applicable laws.

Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Serve on various University committees as appointed.

Skills and Abilities: Maintain positive interpersonal relationships with a diverse group of fellow work associates, staff, faculty and students.

Recommend process improvement changes.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Organize, schedule and supervise staff personnel.

Maintain working knowledge of the Banner system and relevant software applications.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field..

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
March 31st, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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