Accounting Generalist

Virginia, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department    GMU Foundation-Inc
Criminal Background Check    Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check    No
Restricted Position?    Yes, is not eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category    Classified Staff
Job Type    Full-Time
Location    Fairfax, VA
Pay Band    Payband 4
Salary    Commensurate with education and experience.

The George Mason University George Mason University Foundation, Inc. is seeking a full-time Accounting Generalist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 

George Mason University Foundation, Inc. is a 501©(3) non-private foundation and a private corporation organized and operated exclusively for the benefit of George Mason University. The Foundation manages, invests, and administers private gifts, including endowments and real property. 

This position provides accounting and clerical support to the Foundation’s A/P Manager, Senior Accountant, Controller, and the remaining members of the Foundation Business Office as needed. 


Serve as complete backup to the A/P Manager, processing the majority of the incoming batches each week, with the assistance of the A/P Manager. Supervision and training of student assistant(s) to the A/P Manager. Duties include training related to the A/P system, preparation of vouchers, preparation and processing of check runs, and organization/filing of related materials. 

Enter and post journal entries for Foundation Business Office, including the review of all transfer requests. Oversee student support with filing departmental accounting records, investment statements, journal entries, and other accounting correspondences as appropriate.

In addition, special assignments as requested by the Controller. Assist Foundation Business Office staff as needed with various projects and reports as needed for BOT, Central Advancement, and Units. 

Required Qualifications:


Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business field or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 


This individual must be independent, self-motivated, and able to work independently. This position serves as a complete backup for the A/P Manager position, on a regular basis. Previous work experience in a financial environment (specifically a not-for-profit or university setting) is essential. Demonstrated general accounting and administrative experience. Ability to utilize accounting databases and fundraising databases in completion of tasks. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

Key skills include excellent oral and written communication abilities. The individual must be organized and able to manage overlapping tasks. Knowledge of financial reconciliation and familiarity with accounts payable is beneficial. Ability to develop a clear understanding of Foundation and University policies to clearly communicate policy information is essential. 

Preferred Qualifications:

2+ years of experience.
Knowledge of Abila MIP or Ellucian Advance is a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants    

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. 

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. 

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! 

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Equity Statement    

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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