Staff Accountant

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

Position Title: Staff Accountant  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

Finance Office

Advertised Salary: $50,000 - $54,000/Annually  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Independently perform accounting-related activities related to the General Ledger and the University’s Financial Statements. Analyze and maintain records related to Fixed Assets and property accounting within the Finance Office. Analyze, audit, reconcile accounts and assist with internal audit as assigned.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a degree with a heavy concentration in Accounting.  
Required Work Experience: One year accounting experience.  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Sitting
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: A working knowledge of higher education and/or fixed assets.
Work experience in working with daily accounting transactions, financial statement preparation and financial spreadsheets.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Review and control data in the General Ledger / Financial Statements. This includes daily, monthly and annual data-control functions, review receipts for accuracy, complete departmental journal entries.
Complete monthly bank statement reconciliations.
Analyze and maintain Fixed Assets systems and reconcile to the general ledger.
Perform accounting duties, maintain records and monitor expenditures of physical plant projects.
Prepare reconciliations and financial statements for all fund groups as assigned.
Recommend and implement technology solutions for daily accounting functions.
Assist with /complete year-end close and start-up of new fiscal year, budget development, etc.
Prepare state and federal tax returns as assigned.
Assign new account numbers, update and approve user access.
Maintain integrity of financial computer system (s) to insure that financial transactions are properly tracked and recorded.
Perform analysis of internal accounts, assist departments regarding financial transactions, complete annual financial statements, maintain retention records, etc.
Support and serve as backup to other accounting functions.
Cross train within the Finance Office and be able to complete other assigned accounting functions.
Assist with the development of training materials and conduct training sessions related to the university accounting system.
Performs all duties in compliance with applicable University policies and procedures and state and federal requirements.
Reports directly to designated supervisor.
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:    
Skills and Abilities: Accurately and efficiently establish and maintain complex accounting records.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.
Make independent decisions reflecting sound judgment.
Successfully communicate and interact with a variety of faculty, staff and a diverse University population.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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 or a degree with a heavy concentration in Accounting.

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:
Open Until Position is Filled?: No  
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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