Senior Accountant
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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F&A Manager of Accounting

About the Department

Accounting Services is a function of Financial Services, which provides critical accounting and finance support to the University. Faculty, staff and the various contracting parties of the University are considered customers of Accounting Services. Under that concept, Accounting Services seeks to provide the highest level of customer service.

Job Summary

Under general direction, performs a variety of senior level accounting activities, which require advanced professional competency of accounting theories and principles at the senior non-management level. Examines, analyzes, and interprets complex accounting records for the purpose of ensuring compliance with accounting standards. Prepares income and balance sheet statements, consolidated statements, and various other specialized accounting statements and reports. Advises others on accounting systems or other financial and budgetary data. May recommend methods for improved operations to management. May provide functional advice or training to other team members.


  • Performs all related accounting functions required to maintain the general ledger in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and University policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the monthly reconciliation of balance sheet accounts.
  • Responsible for monthly analysis of income statement activity.
  • Responsible for the preparation of various financial statements.
  • Responsible for the preparation of year end workpapers for auditors.
  • Participates in the implementation of new accounting standards applicable to the University. These activities may include analysis and interpretation of new standards, documentation of applicability and accounting impact to consolidated financial statements as well as drafting any required disclosures.
  • Oversees the general accounting general inquiry ticketing system.
  • Trains and supervises accounting staff.
  • Provides accounting support to campus units.
  • Supports the annual tax reporting process. These activities may include preparing various supporting schedules.
  • Participates in the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the ERP system including serving as the Chart of Accounts liaison.
  • Uses in-depth knowledge and experience to perform a variety of complex operating or cost accounting activities, incorporating accounting theories and principles.
  • Guides others and acts as a resource on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting.
  • MBA.

  • Implementing of a new ERP system.
  • Training or supervising team members.
  • Public accounting experience.

Preferred Competencies
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Communicate accounting and financial information clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Think strategically and translate into operational objectives.
  • Independently develop and analyze alternative solutions and make recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain relationships at all organizational levels.
  • Flexibility to work effectively and gracefully under considerable time pressure on high visibility, high stakes projects.
  • Intellectual versatility and creativity.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • References Contact Information (3)(preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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