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Staff Accountant/Analyst

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Finance / Business Support

The Staff Accountant/Analyst is responsible for day to day management and controls of cash and ecommerce activity, gift and pledge accounting, review and processing of adjusting journal entries and automated data feeds, and balance sheet and revenue/expense analyses in a multi-system, cloud-based environment. Reporting to the Senior Financial Analyst, this position works as an integral member of the Finance team in supporting the overall financial management of Bucknell University. 

Job duties include but may not be limited to:
• Preparing and managing reconciliations and reporting of all bank and ecommerce activity in digital environment. Providing support to integration of banking, credit card, and e-commerce systems, general ledger, and business processes. Assisting with daily cash flow analysis.
• Supporting Accounting Services and Finance Office team by performing and assisting with:
o gift, endowment, and pledge accounting, including unitized accounting for pooled endowments, analyses of pledged contributions, and net asset accounting.
o data analysis, reconciliation, and reporting of various assets and liabilities
o Journal entry preparation / review including automated data feeds to the accounting systems
o support Finance team with analyses of revenues and expenses, in a hierarchical account and cost center environment.
• Serving as primary liaison for the University’s internal research and scholarly development programs; including faculty and non-faculty awards. Providing support to the Provost Office, Colleges, and other departments when internal awards are granted to faculty and staff
• Assisting with the preparation of supporting schedules and reconciliations for financial ratio analyses, 990 tax reporting, and other reporting requirements of the University.
• Providing support to internal and external auditors.
• Serving as the Finance liaison on certain student instructional projects.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or similar field and two years of related experience in accounting and financial reporting in a complex not-for-profit organization or a minimum of two years of auditing and accounting experience with a large, nationally recognized, public accounting firm with a not-for-profit focus. Or an equivalent combination of education and related experience in accounting and financial reporting in a complex not-for-profit organization.
• Experience using complex ERP systems.
• Demonstrated aptitude in using sophisticated data mining and report writing tools in cloud-based systems.
• Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with University constituents in both written and oral forms.
• Appreciation for and understanding of a Finance Office’s role in a University setting including a focus on service and ability to work within a collaborative team environment.
• Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles as applied in a higher education setting including an understanding of net asset classification accounting of gifts, pledges, and endowments.

The successful candidate will have significant prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workforce.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Four years of related experience in accounting and financial reporting in a complex not-for-profit organization
• CPA certification or advanced degree
• Experience in Workday

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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