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Job DescriptionUnder the general direction of the Associate Director, Advancement Services, the accountant performs a variety of complex tasks in general areas of accounting.

Responsibilities include: providing accounting assistance to the Associate Director; resolving discrepancies; financial or management reporting; maintaining the chart of accounts; establishing new funds; monthly financial reporting, analysis and reconciliation of the development and financial systems.

The accountant will work with a variety of university departments and staff on a regular basis.


Specific duties and responsibilities
  • Resolve fund related problems and follow up with departments on new projects/funds to be created.
  • Reconciliation of donations received and calculation of interest and timely transfer of funds to appropriate accounts.
  • Reconcile all pending accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Manage the chart of accounts.
  • Establish new funds, process donation journal entries, investigate discrepancies and prepare detailed records and reports as required.
  • Assist in the preparation and reconciliation of all monthly financial statements.
  • Assist in creating, monitoring and updating financial related policies and procedures.
  • Initiate and participate in data clean up projects.
  • Provide occasional back up or assistance to other Advancement Services staff which requires a well rounded knowledge in the areas of systems, accounting and tax receipting and other donor related issues.

Other requirements:

Exercises judgement and initiative in interpreting policy and guidelines on financial matters.

Has in-depth understanding of institutional financial policies and procedures and makes appropriate decisions based on this knowledge.

Has regular contact with development staff, senior divisional administrative and financial officers, central financial staff and student services.

Education and experience:

  • Post secondary education in accounting or equivalent experience. Working towards CPA designation.
  • 3-5 years administrative and accounting experience preferably within a University environment.
  • Must have analytical experience, be accurate with figures, well organized and exercise sound judgment in decision making.
  • Software expertise in Microsoft Excel, Access and Word.
  • Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively.
 
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