Senior Accountant

George Mason University   Fairfax, VA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on May 6, 2022
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The George Mason University, General Accounting Department invites applications for a Senior Accountant position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


About the Position:

The Senior Accountant performs a wide variety of complex analytical and administrative duties to support financial analysis, reconciliations, implementing new GASB standards, accrual basis accounting, trending, and reporting.



  • Assume a major role in gathering and analyzing data to support strategic financial analysis and reporting. Assist in monthly reporting, including variance analysis, transaction research, bank and account reconciliations, and accrual basis accounting. Provide data analytics to support the development of financial trending and modeling projects and reports;
  • Prepare schedules to support adjusting journal entries to the Trial Balance for the University’s external financial statements, the Annual Comptroller’s Directive, the annual IPEDs Finance Survey, and other financial reporting and analysis as required;
  • Assist the Financial Reporting team in the state audit process;
  • Support maintenance of the Banner Chart of Accounts; and
  • Provide support as needed, and serve as backup for the other Senior Accountants, the Financial Reporting Manager, and the Director of Financial Reporting. This requires supporting and cross-training with these positions in a variety of areas.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field of study, and/or equivalent level of training and experience;
  • Skill in analyzing accounting data and processes and ability to manage and manipulate large amounts of data with close attention to detail;
  • Thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles including GAAP;
  • Significant experience (typically 5+ years) in accounting and advanced Excel skills;
  • Solid experience with complex accounting systems and financial accounting processes; and
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of people including individuals outside the university.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using Banner, eBuilder, MicroStrategy or other similar ERP and reporting applications;
  • Knowledge of financial accounting principles for the public higher education sector, including GASB pronouncements; and
  • Certification as a Certified Public Accountant.


About the University:

George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia, is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.


Since earning R1 designation for “very high research” from Carnegie in 2016 and joining the elite group of the 131 best U.S. research institutions, the research enterprise has grown rapidly, reaching more than $200 million in funding in 2020, an all-time high for the university.


Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200-degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity, is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02516Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.