Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant will work closely with the Controller and Assistant Director in planning, implementing, and executing measures of internal control to ensure that the highest levels of integrity are maintained in the safekeeping of the financial assets of the College. The Senior Accountant oversees many of the day-to-day functions associated with the College’s financial activity in the areas of banking and financial processing and analysis of transactions and performance associated with the College’s investment portfolio. The Senior Accountant assists in supporting the financial functions of other departments on campus including Payroll, Student Financial Services, Financial Aid, Accounts Payable, and Budgeting. This position also serves a key role in preparing documents for the annual audit and in assisting other financial offices and functions to do the same. The Senior Accountant is a vital member of the Accounting Office, working collaboratively with a variety of College faculty and staff to achieve the strategic goals of the Financial Offices and of the College.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
The ideal candidate will have:
5+ years of direct and progressive accounting experience.
2+ years of experience in public accounting or equivalent experience as an administrator in a college, university, or nonprofit accounting office preferred.
Designation as a Certified Public Accountant is highly desirable.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; and experience working with complex data sets.
Understanding of the principles of accounting and standards of internal control.
High level of proficiency in spreadsheet financial functions in Excel.
Ability to think strategically to identify, understand, evaluate, and conceptualize control risks as they exist or as they may be developing and to make recommendations to the Controller to mitigate such risks.
Familiarity with various investment structures and facility with Banner ledger software preferred.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
Impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision as well as work as part of the team.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Successful completion of a background check.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/cv and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.
Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Since its founding by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Bates was the first co-educational college in New England, and some of its earliest students were former slaves. T...he college continues to live that promise of inclusiveness.
Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.
The college is proud of it deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.