Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director Sponsored Projects Finance, the Director Cash Accounting is responsible for overseeing and managing a team of five (two Cash Accountants, two Cash Applications Analysts, and an Accounts Receivable and Collections Analyst). Responsibilities include providing guidance and direction to team members who are responsible for all aspects of letter of credit drawdown and related governmental reporting; the application of, and research surrounding, cash receipts; as well as collection activities for the University's sponsored project portfolio. The Director is also responsible for the reconciliation of all accounts receivable and deferred revenue balances related to sponsored projects including appropriate classification for financial reporting as well as partnering with management on the determination of appropriate reserve levels. Responsibilities include: working with the Financial Reporting and Operations team to ensure all entries are recorded in a timely manner; Working with the members of the Sponsored Projects Finance operations team (SPF operations), Sponsored Projects Administration team (SPA) and departmental administrators in the various central and academic departments to resolve questions or issues that may arise regarding sponsored project activity. Responsible for ensuring sponsor inquiries, including inquiries from federal agencies, regarding cash activity are handled in a timely and appropriate manner. The duties also include participating in or leading the development of processes supporting collection efforts as well as the identification and implementation of new process improvement initiatives related to the cash accounting operations. Other special projects and duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in accounting, plus a minimum of seven years of related experience required
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Experience with Accounts Receivable and Collections processes required. Supervisory experience required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. Must be comfortable working with databases and computerized financial systems. Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments in a high-pressured, short-deadline environment, and be able to work with diplomacy and efficiency in such an environment. Demonstrated organizational, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills are required. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of employees, be flexible in nature, and have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_168634
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