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Full-time

Administrative

The Accounting and Finance Department is currently searching for a Senior Accountant II to join their team. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
 
JOB SUMMARY:
 
We are looking for an experienced Senior Accountant II to assist in overseeing general accounting operations by controlling and verifying our financial transactions. Responsibilities include reconciling, preparation of the monthly and annual audited financial statements, reconciling account balances, maintain general ledger and assist in overseeing month end close procedures. A successful Senior Accountant II combines excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports versus budget and forecast. The ideal candidate also has experience collaborating and/or assisting in managing a team of accounting staff. The duties also include ensuring accuracy and effectiveness in all of our accounting tasks.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Responsible for the development and review of complex financial and account reporting requirements, including preparation of monthly and annual financial statements and month-end and year-end close process. This includes cash flow analysis, fund balance reconciliation, financial statement roll forward and support.
  • Provides analyses of financial data needed in fiscal and budgetary planning. Produces error-free accounting reports and presents their results, analyzes financial information and summarizes financial status, spots errors and suggests ways to improve efficiency.
  • Responsible for the development, review and accounting reporting of the Institution's Endowment on a monthly basis, schedules include, market value, unit value and income distributions, unrealized gains or losses, income earned, expenses, purchases, sales and holding.  Verifies, allocates, posts and reconciles endowment transactions. Reconciles activity to that of the custodian. Maintains permanent records for all Endowments.
  • Plays an integral role in leading annual financial audit, including endowment and pension footnote preparation, gift listing, investment confirmation analysis. Participates in internal and external audits when needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining policies and procedures for area of specialty. Provides technical support and advice on existing and new accounting standards to finance and operations, reviews and recommends modifications to accounting systems and procedures.
  • Develops and documents business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls, ensures compliance with GAAP principles, liaises with our assistant controller and controller to improve financial procedures.
  • Assists in managing staff accountants, participates in financial standards implementation and education. Assists in planning, assigning, and reviewing of accounting staff’s work.
  • Responsible for design and delivery of various specialized projects.
NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
  • BS degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field with five (5) years or more of audit/public accounting experience or seven (7) or more years of senior general accounting experience is required. Master’s degree in Finance or Accounting is preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is highly desired.
  • Proven experience as an Accounting Supervisor or Senior Accountant is required. One (1) or two (2) years of supervisory experience is a plus.
  • Desired Experience & Skills
    • Thorough knowledge of basic accounting procedures
    • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Principle (GAAP)
    • Awareness of business trends
    • Familiarity with financial accounting statements
    • Experience with general ledger functions and month-end/year end close process
    • Advanced MS Excel skills including Vlookups and pivot tables
    • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills
    • Accuracy and attention to detail is required 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to repetitive motion including operating a computer and general office equipment. This position is mostly sedentary by nature. Other occupational requirements include hearing, talking, working with others and working alone.  Physical duties are subject to change.
 
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email
eeo@whoi.edu for assistance.