Staff Opening

Accounting Manager

Job Title Accounting Manager
Department Finance & Accounting
Reporting To President
FLSA Classification Exempt
Job Category Regular Full-Time
Location Berkeley, CA

About Zaytuna College

Zaytuna College is America's first accredited Muslim liberal arts college that offers a bachelor of arts degree in Islamic law and theology and a master’s degree in Islamic texts. The College aims to restore the centrality of the pursuit of knowledge among Muslims that has always been the hallmark of Islamic tradition. The primary mission of the College is “to educate and prepare morally committed professionals, intellectuals, and spiritual leaders, who are grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.” A central goal of the College is to reintegrate the once vital and influential voice of Muslim thought and erudition back into the ongoing Western conversation of great ideas, within the context of our new globalized society informed largely by shifting Western values.

The Position

The accounting manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting and finance activities, maintaining the College’s financial information, and serving as a business partner to the other functional areas of the College. This position is responsible for ensuring internal controls and adherence to fiscal policy within Zaytuna College. The accounting manager reports to the president and supervises two staff positions.

Roles and Responsibilities

The following are the primary day-to-day responsibilities for this position. These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assures compliance with recognized accounting standards, principles, and procedures by supervising and monitoring the work of support staff
  • Is responsible for the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of financial information provided to internal and external parties, including the board of trustees, financial institutions, and external auditors
  • Serves as a resource for the president and the board of trustees on financial matters related to the College operations
  • Manages and oversees the daily administration and activities of the College’s accounts payable and accounts receivable activities for all departments, programs, and events
  • Performs all month, quarter, and year-end accounting closing duties for several accounts within the general ledger and reviews all balance sheet and general ledger accounts on a monthly basis
  • Records fixed-asset acquisitions and dispositions in the fixed-asset Excel workbook and general ledger, reconciles the balance in the fixed-asset Excel workbook with the summary-level account in the general ledger, and calculates depreciation for all fixed assets
  • Prepares and files quarterly sales tax filings, annual statements of information (Form S-100), and annual tax filings of 1099s and 1098-T; assists in preparing audit schedules and 990 and 199 tax schedules
  • Coordinates the annual budget development process; facilitates monthly reviews; and provides timely and reliable budget analysis, financial trends, and forecasts
  • Ensures the college meets financial audit requirements, properly files tax returns, and meets the finance-related accreditation requirements of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Develops and implements finance and accounting processes, policies, and procedures for maintaining an effective control environment
  • Participates in financial planning activities for the College, including long- and short-range planning
  • Contributes to the overall success of the accounting functional area by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related business field; at least twenty hours of coursework in accounting courses are required
  • A CPA or a master’s degree in accounting or a related business field; at least twenty hours of coursework in Accounting are preferred 
  • At least four years of experience in accounting is required, including at least one year in a supervisory position
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply accounting standards, principles, and procedures
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling information
  • Strong technology skills, particularly related to finance and accounting software, as well as office productivity packages
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; when appropriate, proactively communicate with senior leadership team members, the provost, and the board of trustees
  • Strong organizational skills, with high attention to details; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands
  • Ability to work collegially across all Zaytuna College departments.
  • Cultural fit
  • Email all application materials, which must include a resume and a cover letter, to [email protected]. Be sure to include the job title in the subject line of your email.
  • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information.

Zaytuna College is an equal opportunity employer.