Sr. Accountant- #0010387

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Full Time

5 months ago

Job description

The Business Resource Center (BRC) provides administrative and professional business services for Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and our parent organization, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA). The Accounting Department, within BRC, is seeking a Senior Accountant to support the day-to-day operations, including but not limited to; program billings, account reconciliations, journal entries, and other general accounting functions.                                                                

Essential Functions:                                                                                     

  • Acts as a primary point of contact for external audit activities and coordinates fieldwork and requests with internal staff for Fiscal and Health and Welfare audits.
  • Prepares the Health and Welfare financial statements.
  • Works closely with our Corporate office throughout the entire year-end consolidation process.
  • Participates in accounting closes by; managing assigned journal entries, completing account reconciliations, and overseeing the billing function.
  • Resolve a variety of internal and external inquiries concerning billing status, billing discrepancies and collection issues in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Prepare billings for submissions to customers of various types of arrangements (i.e., cost reimbursable, firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, etc.).
  • Acts as backup for; daily bank monitoring, wire processing, EFT/positive pay file uploads, weekly EFT/check run advice reviews, and entering of cash receipts.
  • Provides mentoring and directs work.                                             
  • Serves as an accounting resource to internal and external members and resolves complex accounting issues.               
  • Assists in the development of new accounting systems, system conversions, upgrades and testing.
  • Responsible for maintaining up-to-date procedures for critical functions.                                                                                                         
  • Performs ad hoc accounting duties.                            

  Required Education, Experience, Skills and Qualifications:                                                                           

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field                                                            
  • 4+ years of experience in the Accounting profession                                                            
  • 2+ years of experience specifically within public accounting (audit)                                                                                          
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve complex problems, exercise sound judgement, and plan, organize, and prioritize multiple demands efficiently and effectively                  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills                                                            
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team                                                            
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of concepts, theories, principles, and practices of general accounting (GAAP)

Preferred Education, Experience, Skills and Qualifications                                                                                                                             

  • Working knowledge of OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance); Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); and Cost Accounting Standards
  • Working knowledge of Deltek Costpoint
  • Certified Public Accountant or CPA candidate                                                            

The salary range is $75k-$90k.

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applications received by 12/27, will receive full consideration. 

Direct Link to apply:

Compensation is commensurate with education and experience. Our excellent benefits include:

  • Employer retirement contribution – direct STScI contribution of 10% of your salary from your first day
  • 12 days sick leave, up to 24 days’ vacation, and 10 paid holidays
  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, and more!

STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in creating a first-rate community. We strongly encourage women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities. Veterans, disabled individuals, or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at [email protected] EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.   #LIHYBRID

As a leader in the astronomical community, AURA is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the workforce


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