Sr. Accounts Receivable Accountant

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 450200 - Office of the Controller/Treasurer
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Senior Accounts Receivable Accountant provides advanced accounting support within the Controller and Treasurer’s Office and assists Business Managers, Accountants and other fiscal personnel at the university. Assesses student tuition and other charges, produces monthly billing statements, processes student aid from various sources (Federal, State, Institutional, and external third party), accepts payments from students and customers, and reports a variety of information needed for analysis and decision-making.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  16

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.
1. Support the daily operational processes of the AR system, including:
a. Tuition, course fee assessments, and other departmental charges
b. Create and update detail codes for new charges and payments
c. Application of payments
d. Posting of awards to student accounts
e. Processing student refunds
f. Monthly billing and statement production
g. Lead support in the year-end AR snapshot used for reconciliation purposes
h. Assist with reviewing rules and producing 1098-T’s
i. Ad-hoc reporting for AR
2. Assist AR Management in the implementation of new programs and help explore system configurations that might be needed. Lead and support cross functional teams to coordinate any necessary changes.
3. Assist parents, students, faculty, staff, and/or other parties concerning account balances and customer concerns.
4. Assist with the administration of the University's payment policy including analyzing customer accounts, payment plans, and business office holds.
5. Process various account adjustments for the AR unit, maintain files, communicate account adjustments and ensure the adjustments are accurate, appropriate and timely.
6. Prepare adjusting entries to be recorded in the general ledger.
7. Provide assistance to the AR management team to meet strategic goals.
8. Supervise assigned personnel when manager is absent.
9. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree Accounting or Business
2. Five years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
2. Experience working in Banner software application
3. Advanced degree (E.g., MBA) and/or professional certification (E.g. CPA)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Well-developed interpersonal and customer service skills.
2. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
3. Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
4. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
5. Working knowledge of database query tools.
6. Independent self-starter with strong work ethic.
7. Experience in work settings requiring teamwork and high-volume assignments.
8. Ability to manage priorities and meet multiple daily deadlines.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort: 

Office environment minimal physical effort


Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Submit application, cover letter, and resume online at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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