The Position: Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Accounting and working closely with the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, the Accounting Manager will have an active role in the accounting department to ensure preparation of financial reporting and analysis. This is a newly created individual contributor role that will manage special projects and process improvement. Initially, the Manager will focus on assisting the department with obtaining its goal of providing timely and accurate reporting while assessing and streamlining processes. The position will gradually move into financial analysis preparation and reporting, as well as other special projects as assigned. The ability to perform and evaluate comprehensive analysis will be a key requirement for this position, as is a strong working knowledge of GAAP.
The university recently finished a two-year project, successfully transitioning to a new ERP system. There is much to be done in the aftermath of the transition, as the department is behind in its reporting responsibilities as a result of efforts to bring the new ERP system live and gain an understanding of how to work with it daily. The Manager will assist the department with the backlog of work to be completed that will bring it back to a state of timely financial reporting. This may involve account reconciliations, daily processing activities, financial reporting, and special projects. The new ERP system also brings about an opportunity to assess existing processes to determine if operations are efficient. The Manager will assist with reviewing existing procedures related to our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, looking for opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
NOTE: This position has the option of being a virtual role with some scheduled travel to the university.
Assists the accounting department with special projects, including reconciliation of net asset accounts and fund balances.
Is responsible for all aspects of preparation of the university’s business segment financial reporting process.
Performs analyses, including analyses of business segments, revenue, compensation and related expenses, operating expenses, and grants; creates periodic reports.
Reconciles allocated expenses, including marketing expense by program and medium and SCU Health labor.
Assist with identifying opportunities to streamline accounting processes, including paperless process implementation, electronic payments, and process automation projects.
Creates and distributes monthly budget versus actual reports; answers inquiries from budget managers regarding reports and their data. Assists departments in problem-solving.
Prepares lead schedules, year-end adjustments, and other information for annual audit. Trains budget managers in using various financial and budgeting software.
Performs other special projects as assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Accounting and the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.
Bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university. A CPA license is considered a plus.
Five or more years of accounting experience; experience in public accounting is a plus. Experience in higher education, government, or nonprofit environments preferred.
Ability to interpret policies and accounting guidance.
Strong working knowledge of GAAP.
Ability to analyze source data and use results to aid in decision making.
Ability to produce routine reports and interpret and communicate the data.
Ability to educate and present financial data to groups or individuals.
Working knowledge of accounting software; ERP systems; payroll systems; Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams). Strong Excel skills required (vlookups, pivot tables, etc.).
Ability to meet deadlines.
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.
Design - Demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem-solving situations.
Project Management - Communicates changes and progress.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
External Working Relationships – Develops and maintains courteous and effective working relationships with clients, vendors and/or any other representatives of external organizations.
Business Necessity – The needs of the employer may be dependent on responding to and anticipating rapidly changing external and internal demands in all aspects of how business is conducted. This may include but is not limited to, organization structure, finances, goals, personnel, work processes, technology, and customer demands. Therefore, it may become necessary to make modifications to how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with minimal or no advance notice to employees. Accordingly, the employee must be capable of adapting, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with no diminishment in work performance.
Safety and Security –All employees are responsible for observing safety and security procedures as applicable and reporting potentially unsafe conditions to management.
About the Institution: Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is a regionally accredited, nonprofit institution specializing in health care education. SCU is dedicated to its core values of integrative health, evidence-based practice, health equity, and inclusivity.
The Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) was founded in 1911 as the Los Angeles School of Chiropractic. SCU has added multiple programs over the years and is today a comprehensive health sciences university offering certificate, baccalaureate, and graduate-level education to students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. SCU has a history of providing the highest levels of patient care and has gained a reputation for excellence in an evidence-informed curriculum. The university holds institutional accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as well as several programmatic accreditations. For more information: https://www.scuhs.edu/
SCU’s mission is to educate students as competent, caring, and successful integrative healthcare practitioners. Faculty, staff, and students enjoy a collaborative and engaged community that includes an active student association, staff senate, and faculty senate. SCU has been educating practitioners for over 100 years.
The university is proud of the SCU Health Center, a unique educational health and wellness facility residing in the heart of Whittier, California. Skilled and qualified students provide care under the close guidance of expert, licensed SCU Health System practitioners. The SCU Health Center provides chiropractic, acupuncture, Ayurveda, and urgent care services to address a variety of ailments and medical conditions. Each patient, based on their needs and condition, receives a customized plan that is right for their health and lifestyle.
The university is committed to providing excellence in academics, service, scholarship, and leadership through its diverse program portfolio:
To Apply: Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and are welcomed until the position is filled. Please submit your resume and letter of interest. To apply online go to https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su231