Position Title: Manager of Accounting
Overview of the College:
Founded in 1997, Olin College is a selective, gender-balanced undergraduate engineering institution with a dual mission to educate exemplary engineering innovators and to lead the transformation of engineering education. Olin embraces “people to people” engineering: starting from understanding people and their needs, to designing solutions, to delivering new technologies and services to people and society at large. Olin’s innovative approach to engineering education erases disciplinary boundaries and encourages students to take control of their own learning. Olin students learn through project-based, collaborative activities and develop 21st century skills and perspectives by taking on authentic engineering challenges and entrepreneurial experiences. Olin has forged active partnerships with neighboring Babson and Wellesley Colleges and has co-designed transformative educational experiences with a broad range of collaborators around the globe.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
The Manager of Accounting serves as the primary contact for College’s accounting, tax and risk management matters. The successful candidate will contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining College-wide accounting policies, processes and procedures and ensure that all systems and procedures are in compliance with federal and state accounting regulations, requirements and standards. The Manager represents Olin in the Controller community of practice within the Boston Consortium. The Manager of Accounting manages 1 direct report; the Senior Accountant and reports to the Assistant Vice President for Financial Affairs.
- Works collaboratively with the AVP for Financial Affairs to oversee the General Accounting function of the college, including review of all monthly, quarterly, and year-end journals, reconciliations and financial reports prepared by staff.
- Responsible for debt accounting, including calculating and determining private business use.
- Oversees and coordinates the annual financial statement and 403(b) audits. Serves as the College’s primary liaison with the audit firms.
- Oversees the preparation of all tax returns and related tax compliance. Coordinates with external audit firm to review tax returns. Serves as the College’s primary liaison with the tax review professionals.
- Stays up-to-date on the latest accounting pronouncements and tax rules and regulations, and ensures proper implementation of rules and regulations that apply to the College. Addresses any tax issues that arise with the IRS or state or local taxing authorities.
- Works collaboratively with the AVP for Financial Affairs and Financial Operations Manager to continually evaluate the control environment, and develop, maintain, improve, and document strong internal controls and create efficiencies.
- Works collaboratively with the Director of Sponsored Programs and the Grants Financial Manager to ensure grant activity is properly reflected on the financial statements.
- Provide staff support to the Trustee Audit Committee including drafting reports and providing analysis. Attend meetings as needed.
- Assist VP/CFO and AVP with the College’s internal audit program.
- Responsible for overseeing the use and maintenance of the Jenzabar CX general ledger system.
- Works collaboratively with the AVP for Financial Affairs and Chief Information Officer to coordinate any new financial system implementations and/or upgrades to the existing system.
- Manages the day-to-day risk management issues and questions that arise in the normal course of business. Coordinates the annual insurance renewal process. Serves as the Olin representative to The Boston Consortium Risk Management Group.
- Responsible for managing some budget items within the Financial Affairs department.
- Ensures that all departmental processes are adequately documented. Prepares, maintains, and keeps up-to-date the departmental policy and procedure manual(s).
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Master's degree in business administration (MBA) or certified public accountant (CPA) preferred.
- 5-7 years of relevant accounting experience required.
- Proven working knowledge of GAAP accounting, preferably in higher education or other large not-for-profit environment.
- Tax experience in a not-for-profit environment is a plus.
- Must be able to work with limited direction and comfortable making decisions and/or recommendations to leadership.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Must be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with all levels of employees, supervisors, management, and outside contacts.
- Intermediate or advanced Excel skills, and experience dissecting and analyzing large data sets a plus.
- Supervisory experience a plus.
- Experience with Jenzabar CX ERP system a plus.
Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Non-discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement
In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.