Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant

Closing Date

January 31, 2023


Full Time


Albany, NY

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The senior accountant will apply generally accepted accounting principles to ensure proper financial tracking and reporting. This role will report to the accounting manager and will be responsible for monthly closing. The senior accountant will be responsible for the revenue, accounts receivable and deferred revenue areas and other areas as assigned. this is a full-time hybrid role with a minimum of two required days at Excelsior's home office of 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY, with the remainder of the days worked from home.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine accounting duties, including preparation of journal entries, reconciling general ledger accounts monthly for complex areas; perform analytical calculations and handle complex projects, as needed, and resolve discrepancies among reports and other financial data and documents.
  • Assist other staff with revenue and expense classification and other accounting related inquiries; assist with training existing and new staff as needed.
  • Represent the Accounting Manager in meetings when s/he is not available; assist in the review of other staff’s accounting work as needed.
  • Perform accounting functions for revenue and payroll activities.
  • Assist in the reporting and monitoring of private, state, and federal grant expenditures; review the grant proposal and assist with the budget preparation, advise, and interpret research funding awards, monitor accounting and procurement of expenditures consistent with regulatory and University practices, and assist in the preparation of reports to federal and sponsoring agencies.
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements for Management and the Board of Trustees.
  • Assist in year-end audit activities, including preparation of audit schedules, with the University’s external auditors.
  • Identify policies and procedures for improvement; draft and revise policies and procedures to ensure maintenance of strong internal controls.
  • Assist in the preparation of various tax documents, including the Form 990; assist in the compilation of financial data and submission of required documentation to federal agencies on quarterly and annual basis.
  • Assist in the review, analysis and interpretation of changing federal and state regulations to ensure compliance in all areas of financial reporting.
  • Assist in various projects requiring accounting or tax research.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or similar program required. Master’s degree (in Accounting or MBA) desired.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of accounting-related work experience required and additional experience, including in a Higher Education or Public Accounting, highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in GAAP financial reporting.
  • Experience working with ERP systems desired.
  • High level of proficiency utilizing computer-based applications including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Effective interpersonal and business communication skills to provide quality staff/customer service.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and high degree of accuracy required.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.

Application Information

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Excelsior University offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.


Excelsior University is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to any legally protected characteristic.

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