Accounts Receivable Accountant I, II, III

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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 Accounts Receivable Accountant provides accounting support within the Controller and Treasurer’s Office and assists Business Managers, Accountants and other fiscal personnel at the university. Ensures processes and procedures related to student accounts receivables are carried out in an accurate and timely manner. Provides support to students and parents in understanding their financial obligations to the University.

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

Salary Grade:  14

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. Provide timely customer service to parents, students, faculty, staff, and/or other parties concerning current and past-due account balances and other customer concerns while adhering to privacy regulations (FERPA) through various communication means including phone, email, and in-person.
2. Assist with the administration of the University's payment policy for current and past-due balances to include analyzing customer accounts, payment plans, and business office holds.
3. Process various account adjustments for all AR units, maintain files, communicate account adjustments and ensure the adjustments are accurate, appropriate and posted timely.
4. Administration of the University's student/faculty/staff dining meal plans, charging accounts or making adjustments as necessary, providing reports of transactions and revenues generated as well as reconciliation of transactions to the general ledger.
5. Administration of the student credit refund process. Ensure refunds are accurate, appropriate, and comply with Federal Title IV, State and MSU academic aid regulations.
6. Administration of sponsored student operation including facilitating military benefits and all external sponsors. Related duties are processing payments, posting awards to student accounts, invoicing of sponsors and reconciling sponsor accounts for accurate and complete application of funds received.
7. Assist with yearly 1098-T preparation and processing.
8. Producing monthly billing statements for students, affiliates, and employees.
9. Responsible for reconciliations and reports necessary for administering various enrollment and tuition waiver programs.
10. Assist with the development and implementation of new programs and initiatives affecting student accounts receivable.
11. Provide assistance to the AR management team to meet strategic goals.
12. Prepare accounting adjusting entries for recording to the general ledger as necessary.
13. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Level I: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related discipline. No experience required.

Level II: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related discipline plus 2 years of experience. Experience must include at least 2 years at the preceding level or equivalent.

Level III: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related discipline plus 4 years of experience. Experience must include at least 2 years at the preceding level or the equivalent.

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


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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