St Edwards University
  • BOFF - Business Office
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Senior Accountant

St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Senior Accountant. This role is responsible for supporting the operations of the Accounting Services office.  The incumbent will assist with functions that include but are not limited to financial reporting; general ledger, fixed assets, plant, bonds, investments, grants and endowments accounting; financial audits, single audits, and other related engagements; and tax compliance. This individual will also provide assistance with financial system upgrades, implement and update financial policies and procedures, provide financial analysis and reporting, and perform other related duties and responsibilities.


Essential Responsibilities Include: 

  • Assist Controller with annual external audits.
  • Lead portions of the month-end and annual close activities.
  • Perform key components of general ledger, plant, endowment, investment, bonds, fixed assets, and grant accounting.
  • Ensure bank and general ledger account reconciliations are performed completely and timely.
  • Work with AVP of Finance and Controller on process improvements to the monthly close process that may include things like process redesign for better efficiencies, development of reports for more efficient and timely reporting capabilities, and system enhancements that provide additional information or assist in decreasing the time required for the monthly close.
  • Coordinate and work with other departments to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Provide financial information support and guidance to other departments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


For consideration, a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, or related field. A minimum of 5 years of accounting experience in finance and accounting. External audits experience required. CPA preferred. Non-profit and fund accounting particularly in higher education is preferred. In-depth knowledge of GAAP, FASB, and GASB. Skill in reading and interpreting laws and regulations for compliance; researching problems and recommending solutions; investigating complex financial data; evaluating and recommending complicated accounting entries. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to explain complex requirements and regulations to diverse non-financial individuals. Solid analytical and problem-solving skills are necessary. Ability to handle a wide range of assignments, manage confidential information, and work with a diverse community. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short-range and long-range goals. Excellent interpersonal relationship building skills. Proficiency in various tools to import, export, and format data in the creation of financial analysis and reporting. Experience with Ellucian Banner or other Higher Education ERP's is preferred. Must possess the ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.


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The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

Medical & Rx Coverage Blue Cross Blue Shield (HSA & FSA Available)

Dental Guardian Dental

Vision Guardian/Davis Vision Plan

Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pet Insurance

Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

Retirement Plan (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

Tuition Benefits

Paid Holidays

Services & Discounts



Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Please include a resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please.  Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.

In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.



St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,000 diverse students located in Austin, Texas.  St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning, and exciting internship opportunities.  The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.  An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;




We are not offering sponsorship at this time.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Reference #: J202021

Posted: 8/24/2020

Available: Immediately 

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