Senior Accounting Manager

Princeton University in New Jersey

Date Posted August 21, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

This is an exciting opportunity to join Princeton University, one of the nation's preeminent educational institutions, generously supported by a loyal donor base.

The Asset Administration Operations area within the larger department is responsible for a complex endowment and gift portfolio. The successful candidate will be someone with a strong accounting background, superior critical thinking and analytical skills and the capacity to both understand and explain complex financial transactions.

This manager will be an effective and collegial collaborator, bringing a commitment to careful analysis and continuous improvement to the Asset Administration Operations group, along with excellent managerial skills. The Senior Accounting Manager must be exceedingly well-organized and able to work with great attention to detail.

The Senior Accounting Manager will have daily managerial oversight of the activities of the Gift Accounting and Planned Giving areas. S/he will be a key member of the Asset Administration management team, providing strong support to the Director of Asset Administration Operations, and providing expertise and oversight of accounting practices throughout the Asset Administration Department.

The position requires someone with excellent managerial and supervisory skills as well as the capacity to work collegially with campus partners, including the Controller's Office, the Office of General Counsel, the Development Office and PRINCO, the University's investment company. S/he will also serve as a liaison with external financial institutions.

Primary duties include:

-              Provide leadership and direction for the evaluation and analysis of existing business processes

-              Establish work priorities, document existing procedures and workflows

-              Provide financial oversight and review of external perpetual and charitable remainder trusts

-              Monitor chart of accounts rules and related business practices and communicate with the Office of Funds Management, Reporting and Analysis regarding potential changes

-              Interface with counterparts in other University offices, including but not limited to the Development Office and the Office of General Counsel on financial reporting and other issues.

-              Establish best practices for financial accounting of gifts to the University

-              Develop, implement and oversee procedures to ensure accurate on-going accounting practices within the chart of account structure

-              Compile, review and analyze financial accounting in support of year-end financial statement/footnote reporting ensuring compliance with GAAP accounting

                Assist in efforts to promote continuous improvement in accounting practices across all systems

-              Provide analytical support to Asset Administration colleagues on gift and financial accounting issues

-              Function as the daily operational lead with the University's securities brokers and planned giving financial partners

-              Collaborate closely with and provide support to PRINCO, the University's investment organization, providing support with issues such as valuation, accounting and business process improvement

-              Partner with colleagues in PRINCO, the Controller's Office, the Development Office and the Office of General Counsel on financial reporting and other issues

-              Manage a staff of four, providing direction, supervision and training.

-              Manage ongoing staff development and team building to ensure staff have training and skills to perform responsibilities effectively

Position Requires:

-              C.P.A. (Certified Public Accountant) or Bachelor's degree in accounting.

-              4 -7 years of related work experience.

-              Strong analytical skills and ability to conceptualize complex accounting transactions.

-              Demonstrated record of success as a manager

-              Strong technical accounting skills and ability to design complex accounting transactions.

-              Strong organizational skills, attention to detail.

-              Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments and respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities.

-              Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications


-              Advanced degree in finance

-              Tax expertise

-              Experience in higher education and/or with not-for-profit fund accounting

-              C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst)

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

To apply, go to:, and submit application materials to Requisition # 1400582.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.