Accountant
The Art Institutes - San Bernardino, CA

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Job Summary

Assists the Campus Head of Administrative and Financial Services with the application of GAAP principles to analyze financial information and prepare financial reports for monthly and annual closings, to develop budgets and forecast financial performance, to perform periodic financial audits, to support all aspects of the A/P function and, with the Student Accounting Manager, support the A/R function by performing the following duties. Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion - is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements
  • General Accounting - Compiles and analyzes financial information to prepare entries to accounts, such as general ledger accounts, documenting business transactions. Responsible for preparation of journal entries. Analyzes and reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts. Assists with Financial management of A/R and A/P.
  • Analyzes financial information detailing assets, liabilities, and capital, and assists the Campus Head of Administrative and Financial Services with the preparation of balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports, to summarize and interpret current and forecasted organizational financial positions for other managers and corporate.
  • Collects data to determine costs of business activity such as purchases, inventory, labor, etc.
  • Provides support to corporate office for all phases of year-end closing and audit.
  • Audits contracts, orders, and vouchers, and prepares reports to substantiate individual transactions prior to settlement.
  • Assists the Campus Head of Administrative and Financial Services and MIS personnel with the installation, modifications, documentation, and coordinated implementation of accounting systems and accounting control procedures. Conducts studies and submits recommendations for improving the organization's accounting operation and internal controls.
  • Budgeting - collects and analyzes records of present and past operations, trends and costs, estimated and realized revenues, administrative commitments, and obligations incurred to project future revenues and expenses. Works with staff to implement corporate budget production guidelines and to produce timely annual budgets. Meets monthly with Managers to review budget-to-actual performance. Works with the Campus Head of Administrative and Financial Serivces to produce timely monthly and quarterly reforecasts of performance expectations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Accounting Supervisor and The Director of Accounting
Directly Supervises:
Depending on location - Accounting Assistant
Interacts With:
Entire finance team as well as financial aid officer, MIS, other local faculty and staff.

Job Requirements

Knowledge:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business Administration required with a Master's degree preferred.
  • Three to five years of transactional accounting experience, preferably in a post-secondary institution.
  • General knowledge of the software project lifecycle and steps involved in the rollout or modification of software.
Skills:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both faculty and student populations.
  • Superior organizational and problem resolution skills.
  • Strong basic computer software (MS Office)
  • Skills as well as exposure to more concentrated financial software programs.
Abilities:
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to interact effectively as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments.

Work Environment & Notice
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

Notice
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Education Management Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

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