Job Details
Foundation Accounting Manager
Business and Financial Services
BGSU Main Campus
Ends at 11:59 pm Bowling Green, OH local time

The purpose of this position is to lead, guide and direct all aspects of the primary business functions, financial oversight and associated accounting and tax related activities for The BGSU Foundation, Inc. This position will serve as the day to day primary accounting, financial and compliance manager for The BGSU Foundation, Inc. – under the direction of the Controller and the University’s CFO. 


The position will also provide leadership, guidance and direction on the University’s side of the related transactions (debt, assets/liabilities, payables and receivables, proper revenue/expense recognition, contributed capital, etc.) to ensure compatible accounting treatment and proper year-end discrete consolidation for financial statement reporting. This position will also have primary responsibility for the preparation and filing of Federal and multi-state tax and charitable solicitation compliance filings.

  • Lead and direct the performance of all business transactions, financial activities, annual budget preparation and monthly financial and budget to actual reporting, and related accounting and tax reporting functions associated with the University’s primary component unit:  The BGSU Foundation, Inc. (501(c)(3) non-profit organization).
  • Work closely with all University departments and individuals (e.g., Controller’s office, Business Operations, Bursar’s office, Res Life, Dining Services, University Advancement, etc.) to ensure that both sides of transactions are properly treated (debt, assets/liabilities, due to/due from (inter-fund) as well as payables/receivables (intra-fund); ensure proper revenue and expense recognition.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Vice President, Major Gifts for University Advancement as it relates to donor management including, but not limited to, development and maintenance of policies and procedures for the establishment of new donor funds, ensuring appropriate documentation exists for all donor activity, ensuring proper classification of donor funds and gifts, and continuous review of business processes between University Advancement and the Controller’s Office.   
  • Oversee the annual audit of the stand-alone financial statements of The BGSU Foundation. Prepare and transmit all required tax and state charitable contribution solicitation filings in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with Controller and his office staff as well as staff from other University units to ensure that associated transactions are properly recorded and reflected on the University’s books.  Regularly review internal controls and associated segregation of duties. 
  • Provide support to Controller and Controller’s Office staff in key areas as directed by the Controller (e.g., debt, plant fund, fixed assets, etc.).  Perform complex financial research and analyses, assist with the University’s annual external audit including preparation of audit work papers, financial statements and footnote disclosures.   Assist Controller and Associate Controller in special and complex projects as requested. 
  • All other duties as assigned or as required ensuring the continued successful financial operation of The BGSU Foundation, The Falcon Foundation, Centennial Falcon and all current and future University affiliated entities.  
  • Work with ITS on testing all systems related to non-profits including technology upgrades and initiatives. User role oversight, configuration and upgrade testing are essential components. Current platforms are PeopleSoft, ODS, Agilon, Pacolian among others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with major in Accounting required. An MBA or Master's in Accounting or Finance or closely related area preferred.  Tax (federal) course work is preferred.  Degree must be conferred at the time of application.  Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.  If not currently a CPA, must possess the required course work to be deemed eligible to sit for the exam.

The following experience is required:

  • 3 - 4 years' prior accounting experience including general ledger, financial reporting, footnote disclosure including consolidated financial reporting
  • 2 - 5 years' prior financial analysis
  • 1 - 3 years' Federal, state and local tax return preparation experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 - 3 years' prior experience directing the work of others across reporting lines
  • 2 - 3 years' prior experience in a multi-entity environment 


Full-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 359. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Full benefit package available.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of FASB reporting requirements; experience preparing financial statements
  • Knowledgeable of principles of fund accounting and GASB requirements
  • Knowledge of audit functions – operational, compliance, and financial
  • Ability to design and implement business processes, systems of internal controls and management reporting structures
  • Knowledge of non-profit related taxation (Forms 990, 990T)
  • Ability to orchestrate multiple activities simultaneously and work well with limited supervision; evidence of ability to see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal University departments and external partners (Capstone, Chartwells, BONY, etc.); ability to work with members of the accounting department staff and provide context and translation for Falcon activities
  • Ability to design, plan, and develop the framework for orderly, timely, and accurate annual closing and to maintain the consolidated financial records of the Falcon
  • Ability to lead, guide, direct, and develop departmental staff.
  • Ability to learn new systems, develop financial/accounting procedure/process changes and then lead the change process.
  • Ability to communicate well; verbal or written, presentations, etc.
  • Ability to identify problems, develop solutions, and implement change.
  • Knowledge of advanced accounting software (e.g. PeopleSoft), including query development and execution.  Web-based applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated financial analysis skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)
  • General knowledge of personal computing (e-mail, internet)
Fiscal Year
Full Time
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