Amherst College
Amherst, MA

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Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.


Amherst College invites applications for the Senior Accountant position. The Senior Accountant position is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant plays an integral role in tracking the cash activity/levels for the College as well as monitoring the activity of key investment accounts.

This role also takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Cash Activity

  • Record/Monitor daily cash balance of the college. Establish an outstanding disbursement check balance. Keep schedule of cash inflow/outflow for cash projections.
  • Reconcile Bank accounts monthly ensuring all activity has been booked. Maintain updated files regarding all Bank information (ie: contacts, authorizations, addresses, wire information) for each bank in a central location.
  • Communication to a diverse set of relevant parties regarding cash activity, including deposits

Investment Accounting

  • Record transactions for Amherst College and Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library (Folger) endowments and non-endowment investments to the GL. This includes all capital calls, distributions, income, expenses, etc.
  • Analysis of quarterly reports and K1s to ensure all activity is recorded properly to the GL
  • Reconcile investment activity at custodial bank
  • Maintain spreadsheet for all activity to properly record split between Amherst/Folger/Unitrusts
  • Prepare schedules for the annual closing, audit, and external financial statements as necessary


  • Administer and file abandon property annually


  • 2 – 5 years of related experience
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Strong written and verbal communication, time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with a diverse community
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or in lieu of a degree, 4 years of related experience

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements.