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Director, Financial Accounting

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Index/Position No.: 40100/111140
Level 14
Position Title: Director, Financial Accounting
Department: Office of Financial Services

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Function of Position

Responsible to the Comptroller/Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance for directing and planning duties within the financial accounting department; managing cash funds receipted in bank via wire or ACH; managing processing and reconciliation of payroll and operating bank accounts; managing budget preparation, invoicing, and processing for university plant funds; maintaining codes and structure for university chart of accounts unrestricted, loan, auxiliary, and plant funds in compliance with TBR for financial reporting; reviewing all feeds from ancillary systems to ensure integrity of the financial accounting system; training and supervising personnel within the department; interacting with faculty, staff, and students; preparing year-end and special reports; and performing other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

Develops procedures within the financial accounting department.

Implements policy within the financial accounting department.

Prepares monthly financial statements and reports.

Prepares special financial reports as needed, including IPEDS.

Prepares budget, records new debt and debt service payments, prepares billings, and records receipts for university plant funds.

Manages banking functions.

Manages data entry to university financial accounting system, including retaining documentation for audit.

Prepares year-end analysis including accounting deferral and accrual entries.

Provides technical advice, information and assistance individually and in seminars in interpreting budgetary/financial data and procedures.

Plans, organizes and prioritizes financial accounting department duties.

Works with state and federal officials and auditors on various projects.

Coordinates indirect cost rate proposal calculations for unrestricted funds.

Supervises professional and support staff.

Secondary Functions

Coordinates unclaimed property reports and procedures.

Coordinates maintenance of university chart of accounts.

Oversees processing of agency funds.

Manages maintenance of appropriate financial managers in administrative system.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of current generally accepted accounting principles.

Knowledge of the university, Tennessee Board of Regents, and state and federal rules, regulations, procedures, and accounting principles.

Knowledge of financial reporting requirements of GASB, AICPA, NACUBO, and the State of Tennessee.

Knowledge of computers and accounting information systems.

Knowledge of fund accounting.

Ability to work with a computerized online system.

Ability to effectively supervise employees.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements.

Supervision Given and Received

Performs under general supervision. Determines own methods of performing assigned work. Supervises administrative and classified employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in accounting, or bachelor's degree in business supplemented by 24  semester hours of accounting; three to five years of accounting experience; three to five years of supervisory experience; experience in higher education preferred, master’s preferred, CPA preferred.

February 2015

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