California Western School of Law (CWSL) in San Diego seeks applicants for a Senior Accountant. This position works under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of General Accounting. The Senior Accountant assists with carrying out the financial objectives of the institution; in particular, performing general accounting duties and tasks to ensure accurate and timely recording of accounting transactions, account reconciliations and completion of timely accounting close. This position will handle complex accountings tasks, apply accounting principles in daily activities, and work collaboratively with other team members to support the generation of accurate financial statements.
The primary responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Support the accounting close process and prepare and post journal entries approved by management to ensure that accounting transactions are accurately and timely recorded in accordance with GAAP and the School’s policies and procedures.
Prepare San Diego County Property Tax Return.
Prepare external audit schedules and income tax return schedules as required.
Responsible for calculation of fixed asset depreciation expense and related reconciliation.
Prepare on a monthly basis:
Cash flow projections and inform the supervisor of any projected cashflow issues.
Record journal entries for banking transactions and not limited to account transfers, such as dividends, interests, transfers between payrolls, flex and general accounts, auto ACH transfers, etc.
Faculty development and Professorship funds.
Prepare monthly expense allocations for postage, copy charges, and supplies when required.
Reconcile Perkins and Federal Work study on a monthly basis and prepare necessary journal entries.
Conduct monthly reconciliation of:
Bank accounts; initiating any necessary follow-up actions and researching and resolving any reconciling differences.
General ledger and balance sheet accounts; initiating any necessary follow-up actions and researching and resolving any reconciling differences.
Support program staff, during the pre-award stage, in preparing complete and accurate grant proposal budgets and ensure various submission deadlines are met.
Work with the program managers to ensure that only allowable costs are charged to the grants in accordance with the Federal Uniform Guidance.
Prepare forecasts for individual grants as needed.
Analyze and monitor actual grant expenditures versus grant budgets.
Prepare final, annual and quarterly grant reports to ensure compliance with grantor requirements and federal regulations.
Review all expenditure requests (check requests, business expense reimbursement requests, etc.) prior to processing to ensure all grant expenditure is supported by required documentation.
Support the supervisor with external audit preparation.
Support the supervisor with preparation of all tax return or escheatment return related documents.
Provide support during the development of new enterprise system and current accounting software.
Work to streamline processes and automations.
Prepare analyses as requested, special projects.
Keep up to date with not-for-profit accounting rules and regulations and GAAP.
Work with appropriate level of instruction and supervision.
Proactively advise the supervisor of project status, potential issues, and overall progress of assignments.
Perform, with team approach, other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with major in Accounting required.
At least 4-7 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting.
Individual must have knowledge of modern accounting theory, principles, practices, and internal control procedures, with a focus on not-for profit accounting.
Individual must be able to reconcile accounts, recognize potential problematic areas and resolve same. Must be able to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
An equivalent combination of years and experience may be substituted.
Must be motivated, highly organized, and a self-directed individual with excellent interpersonal skills who can effectively multitask and handle a variety of matters independently, with minimal supervision, in a professional, polished, and mature manner with tact, diplomacy, and appropriate judgement.
Must be proficient in Excel with strong analytical skills.
Willingness to help peers improve their Excel skills through knowledge sharing.
Must be team oriented. Strong commitment to customer service essential. Attention to detail and a degree of accuracy is crucial.
Proficient level computer skills.
Knowledge of computerized accounting systems (Microsoft Business Central).
Highly proficient with MS Office, specifically Excel.
Must be skilled in the use of pivot tables, formulas, vertical lookups, sorting data, and other various data manipulations.
Knowledge of effective internet search properties.
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until 11/15/21.
Established in 1924, CWSL is an ABA accredited and AALS member, non-profit law school located in downtown San Diego, California. CWSL has the distinction of being San Diego’s oldest law school. CWSL is the recipient of numerous community service awards, including the State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and the federal government’s President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The law school is also home to numerous outstanding programs, including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, and New Media Rights Program. The faculty are dedicated to teaching, research, and service to the community. Detailed information is available at https://www.cwsl.edu/
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The law school offers competitive benefits, including, but not limited to:
Up to 95 % employer medical contribution (depending on which plan/level the employee elects).
403 (b) employer retirement contribution of 8% (up to 8k per year) Fully and immediately vested.
Reduced summer work schedule (paid) for qualifying positions.
Paid winter break (week of x-mas through new year)
Additional 10+ paid holidays
California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to prevent and solve human and societal problems. In conjunction with our mission - to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society and equipped to use the law effectively and creatively on behalf of all members of society - we value a rich diversity among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as in the larger communities of which we are a part.
The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.