Overview

Job Location:
Main Campus – Boston, MA

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women’s undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all. 

You’re joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You’ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience.

As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices–at all levels, for all positions–ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

Job Summary:

As a member of the Controller’s Office team, the Accounting Manager reports to the Controller and is responsible for maintaining and monitoring general ledger activities as well as reconciling general ledger accounts primarily in the areas of grants, gifts, investments, and endowment. Other accounting areas may be assigned as needed. This role supervises two direct reports, the Post-Award Sponsored Research Specialist, and the Receivable and Loan Specialist. The Post-Award Sponsored Research Specialist’s primary area of responsibility is post-award grant accounting.  The Receivable and Loan Specialist’s primary areas of responsibility are student loan administration, collections administration, and gift accounting. It is expected that this role, through supervising these roles, will provide oversight, guidance, and coverage for the work of these staff on an ongoing basis. In addition, this role will have its own responsibilities for maintaining and monitoring general ledger activities in the areas of payables and accrued liabilities, endowment accounting, and releases from restriction on gift funds.

For the annual audit, this position will assist the Controller in preparing financial statements and footnotes and monitoring the status of auditor schedules and backup requests related to the accounting areas specified above.

Essential Functions:

  • Track the value of the University’s endowment funds using Fundriver, leveraging the Investment Accountant’s reconciliation for investment activity;

  • Work closely with colleagues in Advancement, Student Financial Services, the Provost office and others to provide insight into gift fund balances and activity to date. 

  • Monitor and account for the college’s releases from restriction, ensuring that donor funds are being spent in accordance with donor intentions;

  • Contribute towards the development of processes related to investments, grants, and gifts;

  • Balance assigned general ledger accounts; verifies, allocates, posts, reconciles transactions; researches and resolves discrepancies;

  • Responsible for preparing reconciling entries and year-end closing entries;

  • Develop staff by managing performance, setting goals, providing ongoing training, and maintaining strong employee relationships

  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that the University is accounting for all payables and other liabilities accurately as of the quarterly and annual reporting dates.

  • Assists Controller with preparation and coordination for annual external audit, compiles and provides data for auditors;

  • Prepare ad-hoc reporting and analysis as required;

  • Collaborate with Technology on financial reporting and development of financial processes within Workday

Essential Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, preferably in a related field.

  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in accounting in a non-profit environment. Experience with gift and grant accounting is required. Higher education experience is preferred.

  • Prior experience using automated systems, spreadsheet applications, and word processing software required.

  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work with limited supervision and work effectively under tight time constraints, and resolve problems with minimal supervision.

  • Prior experience in Public Accounting and CPA license, while not required, strongly preferred.

  • Supervisory and Workday experience preferred.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

This position is eligible for hybrid work, with up to 2 days remote.

Salary Grade

S09

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices–at all levels, for all positions–ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.