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The Accounting Manager performs general accounting services to enter financial transactions into the general ledger system to permit the accurate and timely creation of monthly budget and financial reports.


  • Prepare and post monthly adjusting journal entries for endowment, deferred gift, unrestricted operating, temporary restricted operating, federal restricted, agency, and plant funds. Close the general ledger monthly and at year-end and prepare monthly, quarterly, and audit draft financial reports for review by the Controller.
  • Analyze SOFP and SOA and oversee the preparation and entry of recurring and adjusting journal entries.
  • Create new accounts in the general ledger, adding them to the appropriate financial reports, as required.
  • Reconcile and/or review various operating accounts on a monthly basis: cash, capital expenses, athletic restricted accounts, student government organizational accounts, investments, and gift accounts. Prepare required associated monthly reports for these listed accounts together with the report of monthly endowment investment activity and the restricted capital balances report.
  • Prepare financial audit schedules consistent with the auditor PBC list.
  • Prepare financial statement variance analysis and narratives for review by the Controller and CFO.
  • Prepare special required periodic financial reports (monthly individual endowment unitizations, semi - annual reports to the Institutional Advancement Department for donor inquiries. Provide endowment and annually funded scholarship amounts to the Institutional Advancement Department for use by the financial aid function to administer the student financial aid award process).
  • Work closely with the controller and CFO in preparation for and responsiveness to queries and document requests relating to audits of financial statements, single audit report for federal awards, 403(b) plan audit, and Form 990 preparation and submission.
  • Review Federal cash draws for Title IV Programs (PELL, FSEOG, Direct Loan, Federal Work Study, TEACH, and Alternative Loans).
  • Review and approve electronic bond interest payments, international wire transfers for J Term and study abroad programs, supplemental and institutional TIAA retirement contributions, 457 (b) and 457 (f) retirement plan contributions, and additions to the Vanguard Endowment Fund, and BMO annuity funds.
  • Assist faculty, staff, and students in understanding of budgets and correcting posting problems.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field. MBA and/or CPA designation preferred.


  • A minimum of 5 (7) years of experience in accounting, at least 3 of which are at a senior accountant or supervisory level, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Higher learning and non-profit accounting experience strongly preferred.


  • Strong working knowledge of GAAP and fund accounting principles.
  • Requires excellent oral and communication skills to effectively communicate with employees, senior leaders, and faculty members.
  • Requires a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Requires the ability to use a personal computer and Web browser, Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel spreadsheets), Workday ERP system, and Cognos reporting.
  • Requires knowledge of and ability to travel occasionally to complete college business.


Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.