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Accountant - Business Office
Company: Azusa Pacific University
Location: Azusa, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 12/02/2021
Expire Date: 02/02/2022
Job Categories: Accounting/Auditing
Job Description
Accountant - Business Office
APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is edifying to God and to one another.

Under the direction of the Financial Accounting Manager, this position performs professional accounting work in the Finance Services of the Business Office. The Accountant examines financial documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with established policies and procedures and general accounting standards; reconciles reports and financial data with financial statements on file; corrects and reconciles account balances to external data; prepares journal entries; resolves problems associated with incorrect entries, deviations from established procedures, and other inconsistencies with accounting principles; prepares routine financial reports; and provides input to the documentation and maintenance of business processes, standards, and procedures. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of GAAP, integrated accounting systems, and advanced knowledge of Excel; the ability to interpret and follow instructions and policy guidelines. The position also has a key role in closing the periods and supporting the annual external audit.

Required Education

BS or BA degree in accounting or equivalent technical experience.
Masterís Degree preferred.

Required Experience

At least 3 years of accounting experience preferably in higher education.
General knowledge and understanding of GAAP, integrated accounting systems, and advanced knowledge of Excel.
Preferred experience in general ledger accounting (assets and liabilities) and fund accounting.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

Performs professional accounting duties which involve establishing and maintaining accounting records, preparing and reviewing trial balances, and making adjusting entries.
Prepares and reviews periodic trial balances and reconciles them with the general ledger.
Prepares journal vouchers and makes adjusting and closing entries.
Reviews and posts general ledger transactions for accuracy, timeliness, and adequacy of supporting documentation.
Examines financial documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with established policies and procedures and general accounting standards.
Analyzes accounting data, identifies and determines causes of discrepancies, and recommends corrective and preventative measures.
Corrects and reconciles account balances to external data; prepares journal entries; resolves problems associated with incorrect entries.
Reconciles reports and financial data with financial statements on file. Conducts extensive financial data compilation, querying, and drilling on large volumes of financial data.
Identifies actual or potential problems and recommends corrective action.
Contributes to audit processes. Prepares, analyzes, and interprets financial reports and records.
Ensures compliance with internal policies, agency rules and regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles.
Supports local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings.
Prepares governmental reports to maintain compliance.
Answers inquiries from administrators, staff, vendors, and students regarding account balances, codes, and accounting procedures and policies.
Assists campus staff in resolving discrepancies in their accounts.
Provides financial data with explanations and interpretation as requested by management.
Provides financial information for compliance reporting by other areas within the university.
Provides internal accounting support to team members and departments within the university.
Provides support to campus users and other stakeholders, addressing questions and issues that relate to the finance accounting.
Participates in the design and installation of financial systems upgrades and required testing and verification of results. Provides initial troubleshooting of financial system problems.
Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor and senior management.


Self-directed, highly motivated, multi-tasking accounting professional
Must have excellent organizational, auditing, problem-solving and oral and written communication skills.
Excellent time management skills in meeting deadlines with attention to detail.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Mental Demands

Attention to detail, accuracy, and deadlines.
Ability to multi-task and handle confidential information.
Ability to develop and document procedures.
Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate confidence in exercising independent judgment and discretion.
Motivated self-starter and able to work with very little supervision.
Able to prioritize and multi-task various duties and projects for completion.
A high degree of confidence and integrity in the monitoring of accounting transactions.
In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.

Physical Demands

Intermittent sitting and standing, intermittent computer keyboard work.
Substantial repetitive motions with wrist, hand, and/or fingers, speaking and active listening demands.
Ability to lift, pull, grasp, bend to lower file drawers and reach to top of 5- drawer file cabinet.

Visual Demands

Computer monitor, reading


Fast-paced, multi-tasking, high production/busy office, comfortable temperatures.
At times multiple conversations occurring simultaneously.


Proficient in the use of Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, SQL. Access and PeopleSoft 9.2 a plus.Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. PeopleSoft and Adaptive Insights a plus.


Grade 9: $23.58-$30.65/hourly
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here: http://www.apu.edu/stories/

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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