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Accounting Assistant

POSITION PURPOSE
Responsible for supporting the Finance Team in all aspects of daily accounting. This position is responsible for accurately reconciling all daily cash transactions as well as processing general batch accounting transactions. This position provides budget support through processing and monitoring of purchase order and purchasing card transactions. Additionally, this position provides daily support to the Chief Financial Officer to ensure the Lakeland community is served in a timely, accurate, and customer-focused manner.
GENERAL EXPECTATIONS All Lakeland employees are expected to:
Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission;
Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the University;
Be good stewards of the University's resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community;
Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals;
Keep their supervisor appropriately informed;
Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the university community;
Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect;
Acts in a manner that sets the standard for service in higher education and the core principles of Lakelanders Excelling at Professionalism (LEAP) show respect, communicate and be positive;
Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Accounting Assistant is expected to:
Manage daily cash transactions
Enter daily batch accounting transactions and journal entries
Assist in managing fixed assets and depreciation schedules
Process daily purchase orders
Reconcile monthly purchasing card transactions
Assist with month-close process
Assist with annual financial audit schedules
Assist in organization of contract and grant agreements
Provide back up support to Accounts Payable Coordinator and Senior Accountant
Assist the Chief Financial Officer in daily activities
Other duties as assigned
SPECIALIZED KNOW-HOW & SKILLS
Associates degree (A.A.) in Accounting from a two-year technical program and one to two years of general accounting experience, or a Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) in Accounting from a four-year University with one year of experience.
Experience with Microsoft Office;
Experience with a fully integrated business system a plus;
Analytical, financial, and problem solving skills are required;
Effective oral and written communication skills with an ability to work within a team environment;
Demonstrate ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality;
Ability to effectively manage time and priorities;
Ability to prioritize office workflow and make effective administration decisions to increase efficiency, accuracy, and productivity;
Demonstrated ability to tactfully and effectively communication (written and verbal) with a variety of individuals;
Strong critical thinking skills;
Demonstrated organizational ability, and attention to detail and accuracy;
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
No or very limited exposure to physical risk;
No or very limited physical effort required;
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
OTHER DUTIES
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
BENEFITS
Full tuition remission for candidate, spouse, and dependents.
Two-week's vacation upon hire.
Two-weeks paid sick time.
12 paid holidays.
Health, dental, and vision insurance.
Life Insurance.
403(b) retirement savings plan.
Lakeland University is an equal opportunity employer/educator.

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