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Vanderbilt University Accountant in Nashville, Tennessee

Accountant (Job Number: 1900539)


The Accountant position supports the accounting operations of Vanderbilt University by partnering with the Assistant Controller to ensure the General Ledger is up-to-date with the most accurate information, analyzes and reviews financial data, and prepares reports for both internal and external purposes. The Accountant must display a comprehensive understanding of Vanderbilt’s mission and vision, and strive to meet Finance departmental goals by demonstrating an understanding of academic accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Vanderbilt University policies and procedures.

As a member of the Accounting Team, the Accountant facilitates and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with Vanderbilt’s faculty, and students and identifies additional ways to be of service, ensuring customer satisfaction.

The Accounting Team serves as the single point of contact for all centralized accounting activities at the university. They are responsible for maintaining the general ledger and chart of accounts. The goal of this team is to maintain internal controls that ensure financial transactions are accurately processed and proper records are maintained for the university.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Reviewroutine transactions for proper chart of accounts coding.

  • Availableto provide customer service to university departments. Responsibilities includeworking to resolve various issues such as recording transactions, reconcilingaccounts and communicating process and policy changes.

  • Preparemonthly general ledger account reconciliations timely and elevate issues to theAssistant Controller.

  • Assistwith developing and documenting business processes and accounting policies tomaintain and strengthen internal controls.

  • Evaluateand recommend improvements in accounting system procedures to ensure accurateapplication of accounting principles.

  • Participateregularly in process improvement initiatives under indirect supervision andoversight.

  • Applycritical thinking to financial and other information presented within the scopeof responsibilities, research issues/questions related to financial data, andcommunicate information to management in a timely and effective manner.

  • Managea high volume workload based on weekly, monthly or quarterly deadlines.

  • Demonstrateknowledge of accounting principles with strong analytical and accounting skillsand familiarity with GAAP, as well as an ability to grasp university policiesand procedures.

  • Accountingsoftware skills and ability to create and analyze financial reports. Proficientwith Microsoft Office Suite programs.

  • Abilityto work collaboratively with all levels of staff and departments to maximizeperformance, creativity, problem solving, and results.

  • Abilityto exercise sound judgment and effectively handle multiple tasks simultaneouslyin a deadline driven environment.

  • Strongverbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Provenability to excel in fast-paced, changing, and challenging environments.

Profile ofan Ideal Candidate

  • ABachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education isnecessary.

  • ABachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting or finance is preferred.

  • 2+ years of accounting experienceis necessary.

  • Skill in Excel and Word applications isnecessary.

  • Time management skills and the ability to work well in a teamenvironment is necessary.

  • Knowledge of accounting principles and generalledger is necessary.

  • Proven detail-oriented workstyle in collaboration with effective written and verbal communicationskills is preferred.

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with arange of people, understanding their needs and goals is preferred.

  • Ability to work co-operatively with others as part of a team, as opposedto working separately or competitively, is preferred.

  • Openness to change, adaptability,and the ability to work effectively in a variety of situations, with individualsor groups is preferred.

  • Ability to understand andappreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue is preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal skillsand the ability to develop and maintain relationships with keystakeholders is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity andInclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 44410 - Accounting and Tax

Job: Fiscal Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action