Associate Director, Tax

Columbia University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 18, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.  Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting path breaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best and brightest in the workforce to support our mission of excellence in higher education and research.



Reporting to the Director, Tax, the Associate Director serves a key role in the Tax Department and in managing tax compliance for the University.  Responsibilities include facilitating the annual 990 filing,  general tax return compliance support, planning and research including the compilation of information necessary, the preparation, review, coordination and filing of various state, federal and international tax returns, forms and schedules, and developing tax related procedures, training and informational material.  The Associate Director will also be expected to research and remain informed about new University initiatives  and changing laws that impact not-for-profit organizations and the higher education sector, and be proactive in the development of the related University policies and procedures incorporating the changes in the laws.  The Associate Director will gather, review, and analyze financial and operational information for a wide variety of international, federal, and/or state tax filings.  The Associate Director will  partner with operational units to ensure compliant processes and operations, focusing on federal and international issues.  The Associate Director will conduct periodic in-house reviews of various systems, procedures, or processes to ensure ongoing compliance with tax-related regulations and will make recommendations to the Tax Director, Deputy Controller or other senior management to enhance and reinforce compliance.  The Associate Director provides direct supervision to a tax accountant on a project, initiative, or task basis.   Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.



Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance with a minimum of five years related experience required; advanced degree and/or CPA desireable.   Experience in public accounting, higher education or non-profit preferred.  PeopleSoft or other ERP experience a plus.  Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) required.  Experience using tax return preparation software preferred.   Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and able to manage and meet deadlines.  Must be able to demonstrate excellent research, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.   Must be able to work well with all levels of employees, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization.   Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.


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