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Staff Accountant

Apply now Job no: 492488
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University is currently seeking a Staff Accountant to work with the Assistant Controller in support of the accounting operations of the University. This role provides financial information to management by researching and analyzing accounting data and preparing reports.

Duties and Responsibilities(include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties:

  • Provides financial information to management by researching and analyzing data 
  • Responsible for bank reconciliations, communicating bank information to appropriate departments, researching transactions, recording journal entries, and reconciling various g/l accounts (cash accounts, loans receivable, other receivables & payables, etc).
  • Exercising discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
  • Assist in preparing schedules, reconciliations and analyses for annual audits.
  • Preparation of financial statements, federal tax returns and state corporate tax returns for affiliates of the University
  • Financial statement preparation and analysis.   
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned or directed

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in generating, printing and mailing annual 1098T’s
  • Reconcile P-Card on a monthly basis
  • Balance sheet variation analysis on a quarterly basis
  • Analytical work
  • Problem solving, data query, data extraction
  • Special projects as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education, Training and Experience Required):


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and be adept at multi-tasking
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Proficient with Microsoft Excel including advanced functions 


  • Master's degree 
  • Experience in higher education and/or non-profit accounting
  • Audit experience 

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

Must be able to routinely sit at desk or table and work on computer for long periods of time (2+ hours), have basic manual dexterity, lift less than 25 lbs., and be mobile between workstation and numerous campus buildings.  Involves routine standing, walking, and climbing stairs and occasional bending, stooping and/or kneeling.

  • This role requires the ability to work overtime as needed (quarterly and year-end closings etc..) 

Based on the nature of this role, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive criminal background and reference check, and employment verification.

*Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at



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