Accounting Supervisor

Michigan, United States
$60,000.00 – $67,000.00
04 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Accounting Supervisor will work within a financial support group to support the financial and business functions for the Michigan Publishing division of the University of Michigan Library. This position will provide financial analysis, reconciliations, policy interpretation, royalty processing, procurement, and the creation and analysis of regular and specialized financial reports and will also serve as a consistent partner with the other divisions of the Library by delivering a broad range of financial administrative support for a general fund budget of $58M and more than 500 project grants. This position reports to the Business Manager for Michigan Publishing.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


  • Assist the Business Manager to manage the accounting and other publishing activity including the semi annual royalty cycle and payment processing
  • Direct and oversee the accounting work of staff in the business office
  • Create or assist with the preparation of monthly, year-end financial reports, and ad-hoc reports
  • Prepare complex quarterly statements as required by contract for distributed clients as stipulated by contract
  • Oversee the upload of all sales files and other income related to books and track and post payments
  • Reconcile balance sheet and income statement budget lines related to accounts receivables, subventions, exhibits, sales, royalties, and others as needed. Investigate and correct inaccurate or incomplete financial information.
  • Oversee the product cost database and the accuracy of each unit cost
  • Oversee the billing (internal and external), recharge, and rebill activities for all Publishing
  • Prepare monthly journal entries to records sales and distribution activity and oversee the journal entries prepared by accounting staff

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related field, and 2 to 5 years relevant accounting experience or equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • Some demonstrated supervisory experience
  • Knowledge and experience of generally accepted accounting principles and standard business practices
  • Knowledge and experience with financial analysis and reporting
  • Ability to generate accurate financial reports within established timelines
  • Ability to think independently and manage priorities effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills to internal and external customers
  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization
  • Proficiency in use of Excel and Word. Familiarity with databases

Desired Qualifications*

  • Understanding of and experience with accrual and non-profit accounting standards and activities
  • Experience or familiarity with publishing

Additional Information

  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and access files or information and occasionally ascends/descends short flights of stairs to different floors of the building.
  • The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.
  • This position receives 24 days of vacation a year and paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.  Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.