Director of Technical Accounting | Austin, Texas

The Director of Technical Accounting will serve as a technical accounting subject matter expert with respect to the company’s accounting policies. This position will have responsibility to manage the processes and internal controls associated with the identification, documentation, communication and implementation of proposed and new accounting standards, and the accounting for both routine and complex transactions. The position reports to the EVP, Chief Accounting Officer. 

Certificates and Licenses:  CPA (Certified Public Accountant) required

Critical Duties: 

  • Conduct technical accounting research and prepare technical accounting memos to document specific Company accounting positions related to transactions.
  • Monitor, analyze, and implement standard setter activity and new accounting pronouncements.
  • Review contracts and brief management on accounting implications.
  • Brief executive management on new accounting pronouncements and the anticipated effect on the company’s financial statements.
  • Implement new or modify existing policies and procedures to make the financial reporting / accounting process more effective, streamlined and efficient, and to conform to new accounting guidance.

Essential Duties:

  • Perform research on accounting, financial reporting and industry matters.
  • Work effectively with external auditors to document and explain accounting positions.
  • Work closely with SVP, Property Controller and VP, Corporate Controller to identify and prioritize policy development and accounting research needs.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reporting disclosures for completed transactions and new accounting pronouncements. 
  • Serve as a centralized accounting contact for contract review and work with other departments and accounting management to anticipate accounting implications.
  • Prepare initial detailed schedules and calculations as needed, and effectively transition ongoing accounting to other groups within the accounting department.
  • Work closely with internal audit to develop and document internal controls over new accounting processes.
  • Provide training on technical accounting issues to other departments and accounting staff.
  • Play a lead role in special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • When visiting an American Campus Community, support our commitment of unparalleled customer service and curb appeal, including never walking by a piece of trash without picking it up. At ACC - we are all groundskeepers. 

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies:

  • Technical Capacity.
  • Technical Documentation Skills.
  • Time Management / Prioritization.
  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Communication Proficiency.

Education/Experience:

  • Public accounting experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
  • Minimum 5+ years related professional experience required.
  • Public accounting experience required.
  • Experience with GAAP research and writing technical accounting memos required.
  • Real Estate experience a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Strong technical knowledge of GAAP.
  • Microsoft Office applications, especially strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

Skill in:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, analytical, and presentation skills.
  • A motivated self-starter; strong problem solver.

Ability to:

  • Think strategically and be proactive about identifying and solving problems.
  • Make decisions effectively and coordinate projects independently.
  • Think strategically and be proactive about identifying and solving problems.
  • Handle multiple, high priority tasks and meet deadlines.  
  • Work well with cross-functional teams.
  • Effectively manage critical deadlines.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and fax machines. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Hours of work may change based upon the needs of the business.

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.

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