Senior Accountant

Accounting & Finance Department

Location:  Golden, CO

Company Description

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has one mission: to know Christ Jesus and fulfill His Great Commission. Since 1998, FOCUS missionaries have invited college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Through Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, conferences and mission trips, missionaries walk alongside students in their journey of faith, encouraging them to live out lifelong Catholic mission.

To date, more than 20,000 students have been involved with FOCUS. Within this number, more than 600 students and missionaries have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. By 2022, FOCUS hopes to have 75,000 alumni transitioned into America’s 17,000+ Catholic parishes to continue the work of evangelization. To learn more, visit www.focus.org.

Position Mission & Summary

A Senior Accountant supports the ongoing mission of FOCUS through supporting staff in their performance of day-to-day operational activities, managing operational processes including cash receipts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and credit card activities while exhibiting joyful sacrifice.  A Senior Accountant plans for department specific projects and assists departments with financial decision making, and assists accounting managers with risk management. Additionally, a Senior Accountant acts as a financial consultant and resource to FOCUS by providing support and expertise to other departments through an attitude of service and vital unity. Major challenges in this role include learning the processes and systems of the department; balancing the demands of day to day operations and strategic projects; delegating, developing, training, and overseeing staff accountants and clerks who are responsible for day-to-day activities within processes; communicating processes and project updates to relevant stakeholders; and serving the department and FOCUS through a readiness to humbly help in whatever role is needed.

Position Accountabilities

Responsibilities Metrics
Process ownership Management of operational processes including accounts payable, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and accounts receivable. Success will be measured by demonstrated process review and proposals for appropriate improvement as well as by specific operational measures for each cycle.
Upload of AP into FE; Creation of ACH Batches Management of AP Card and Travel Card entry and reconciliation AP batches should be entered into FE weekly to ensure accurate records. ACH batches should be created weekly after the payment report has been reviewed and approved by the manager. Success is measured by entry and management of the corporate cards, including recognizing areas in which the corporate card should be used to provide benefit to FOCUS and areas in which the use of invoicing and cash disbursements should be used.
Responding to questions & support desk tickets With assistance from staff and managers, a senior is responsible for responding to questions from other departments in a timely manner and through a level of true service and unity with others – emails: 48-hour response time, support desk tickets: 24 to 48-hour response time – to serve the rest of FOCUS.
Month end close reconciliations Assigned reconciliations are completed by the assigned close day to facilitate a timely close. Senior accountants will perform a critical self-review of workpapers and incorporate all review comments into subsequent workpapers.
Development of professional skills (Critical-thinking, project management & communication, problem-solving) Critical-thinking: A senior accountant has strong critical-thinking skills with the ability to recognize a problem, vet a potential solution, and propose that solution to the team for feedback and consideration.

Problem-solving: A senior accountant has the initiative and critical-thinking skills to look for solutions on their own, recognizing that when they have questions they should spend an appropriate amount of time checking their knowledge base before asking a manager or director.

Project Management: Handling multiple projects and demands is a professional reality; success will be measured by effective communication regarding deadlines and conflicts, consistently meeting the promised deadline, and ability to self-direct one’s work based on the current assigned projects.
Development and training of staff accountants and accounting clerks While managing processes and assisting in more complex areas of an operational cycle, senior accountants should be developing the accounting and critical thinking skills of the staff and clerks who work with them on those processes and cycles. Success is measured by: staff and clerks developing increased skills and knowledge, upward feedback from staff and clerks regarding a senior’s willingness to help, approachability, and ability to teach and train.
Departmental liaison and financial consultant Senior accountants are growing into financial consultants for the rest FOCUS, sharing their knowledge and expertise with others to assist them in decision making, analysis, and the mission.


Key Competencies

Joyful Sacrifice:  Adaptability, Resourcefulness / Initiative

Vital Unity:  Team Player, Listening

Personal Excellence:  Integrity, Excellence

  • Intelligence
  • Analysis Skills
  • Conceptual Ability
  • Track Record
  • Organization / Planning
  • Stress Management
  • Adaptability
  •  Energy / Drive
  • Self-awareness / Feedback
  • Listening
  • Conflict Management

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Relevant Certification (CPA or CMA preferred)
  • 1-3 years of Accounting Experience
  • Strong Computer Skills – experience in Excel, Concur, and/or Blackbaud is preferred