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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Accountant in Decatur, Georgia

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future.We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) is a vibrant research center dedicated to promoting scholarship regarding issues of race and all of its intersections. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, JWJI’s goal is to promote Emory as a hub of cutting-edge, multi- and interdisciplinary research on race, ethnicity and intersectionality in the United States.

JWJI offers a wide variety of programs. Our public events include a weekly colloquium and a quarterly evening speakers’ series, and our premiere program is the Visiting Scholars Program. Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Scholars program convenes a national group of scholars at Emory for a year-long fellowship. During their residency, fellows finish a major project like a dissertation (for our graduate student fellows) or a book project (for our post-doctoral fellows, who come from all academic ranks).

JWJI seeks to hire an accountant who will manage the complex finances for the institute. They will report to the Assistant Director of the Institute. In addition to managing the regular operational budget, the accountant also will manage sponsored and non-sponsored accounts that support programming, research and academic personnel. The responsibilities of the job are wide-ranging and require tremendous flexibility and an extensive skill set. Desired skills include but are not limited to:


  • Procurement . The accountant oversees all purchases made on behalf of the institute. This includes office supplies, speaker honoraria, catering purchases and regular office expenses. As the de facto procurement officer of the Institute, the accountant is responsible for making sure that our vendors and speakers are paid in a timely fashion. The accountant works with the administrative assistant in making and paying for the logistical arrangements (including travel and local accommodations) of approximately three dozen events annually.

  • Budgeting . While the accountant is not responsible for creating project budgets, they will work closely with the director and assistant director in making sure that project spending adheres to budget allocations.

  • Human Resources . The accountant is the de facto human resources officer for the Institute. They will be responsible for onboarding student employees and the visiting scholars who have visiting faculty appointments each year. Human resource responsibilities include ensuring compliance with federal laws and ensuring that fellows are current with all of Emory’s HR policies.

  • Grant management . In preparation for annual reports to our funders, the accountant is responsible for managing and itemizing grant expenses on a regular basis. They will work closely with multiple colleagues in Emory’s RAS Unit to ensure compliance with funder guidelines (JWJI’s current grants include federal and foundation grants, each with specific reporting guidelines). The accountant will also provide support for the Institute’s efforts to secure new grant funding.

  • Reporting. The accountant is responsible for providing biweekly financial reports to the Director and for participating in creating annual financial reports (based on their grant management duties) for our donors. The accountant is also responsible for tracking individual research spending for all of the visiting scholars and reporting their balances to them at least monthly.


  • Performs routine professional accounting duties requiring limited independent judgment

  • Monitors, audits and reconciles departmental accounts

  • Researches and creates new accounts and codes

  • Prepares journal transactions, balances accounts, reconciles errors and takes corrective action

  • Assists in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets

  • Advises management of cash deficits

  • Prepares audit schedules in support of internal and external audits

  • Maintains databases and assimilates financial and statistical data

  • Prepares routine operational and statistical reports

  • May assist with computer operations for the department

  • May maintain departmental grants and monitor petty cash activity

  • May coordinate invoice preparation, payables and/or receivables

  • Performs related responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training


  • Preference will be given to applicants with at least five years of relevant accounting experience in higher education/academic settings (or their equivalent)

  • Applicants should be familiar with the rhythms of the academic calendar and should possess strong writing skills

  • Familiarity with software programs like Excel, AART, Compass and Handshake is a plus

  • While this position’s primary job responsibilities are not public facing, applicants should be prepared to assist their colleagues with customer service activities at various public events

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employees.

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Job Number 70790

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory College

Department ECAS: J W Johnson Institute

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Revenue Cycle & Managed Care

Location : Name Clairmont - N Decatur

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Decatur