The Associate Director serves a key role in the Tax Department and in managing tax compliance and associated processes for the University.
Responsibilities include facilitating all aspects of the annual University Form 990 filing, and the annual filings of University affiliates. Responsibilities also include assisting with the Form 990-T filing, general tax return compliance support, planning and research including the compilation of necessary information, the preparation, review, coordination and filing of various state, federal and international tax returns, forms and schedules, and contributing to the development of tax related procedures, training and informational material. The Associate Director will also be expected to research and remain informed about new University initiatives and changing laws that impact not-for-profit organizations and the higher education sector, and be proactive in the development of the related University policies and procedures incorporating the changes in the laws. The Associate Director will gather, review, and analyze financial and operational information for a wide variety of international, federal, and/or state tax filings. The Associate Director will partner with operational units to ensure compliant processes and operations, and will assist in the development of an approach to monitor processes to ensure continued tax compliance throughout the University. In accordance with the monitoring system, the Associate Director will conduct periodic in-house reviews of various procedures, or processes to ensure ongoing compliance with tax-related regulations and will make recommendations to the Executive Director, Tax, Deputy Controller or other senior management to enhance and reinforce compliance. The Associate Director provides direct supervision to a tax accountant on a project, initiative, or task basis. Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance with a minimum of five to seven years related experience and at least 2 years experience with exempt organization taxation required.
Advanced degree in an applicable field and/or CPA desireable. Experience in public accounting, higher education or non-profit preferred. PeopleSoft or other ERP experience a plus. Experience using tax return preparation software preferred.
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) required. Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and able to manage and meet deadlines. Must be able to demonstrate excellent research, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Must be able to work well with all levels of employees, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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