WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Accounting Manager and Controller

Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/6/2021 11:52 AM)
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Responsible for managing the accounting and payroll functions under the general direction of the Senior Director, Accounting and Finance, including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures.  Provides oversight and coordination of operating reports and statutory filings.  Establishes and maintains financial controls. Responsible for supervision of assigned support staff including payroll, grants and sponsored awards, monthly financial close process, and procurement.


  • Manages the accounting functions including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Responsible to direct and mentor support staff including recruitment, training, coaching and effective performance management of those responsible for payroll, procurement and inventories, monthly financial close process, and grants and sponsored awards.
  • Oversees the review and reconciliation of all accounting transactions related to payroll, general and student accounts receivables, accounts payables, grants and sponsored awards, and fixed assets while maintaining strong internal controls.
  • Manages the month-end and year-end closing process and reviews monthly, quarterly, and year-end reconciliations. This includes ensuring all costs incurred are properly recorded; review of journal entries, account balance reconciliations, and report preparation for an accurate and timely closing.
  • Reviews financial statements for reasonableness, accuracy, and compliance with GAAP.
  • Responsible for researching and implementing new accounting standards.
  • Oversees the compliation and distribution of periodic financial statements.
  • Prepares and reviews account reconciliations and accruals for accuracy and compliance with GAAP.
  • Provides oversight and coordination of tax and statutory filings.
  • Manages and/or generates and files all required tax returns (payroll related), statements and/or payments.
  • Acts as a liaison between WMed and the outside auditors in providing the required information and ensuring that the proper information is stored for historical puposes.
  • Prepares and distributes detailed reports and presentations for review by all levels of management.
  • Assists with the development, implementation and ongoing integrity of the financial accounting system.
  • Assists with the preparation of annual budget and related analysis, including variance reporting.
  • Acts as an accounting application(s) system administrator and workflow analyst.
  • Remains up to date with new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • Partners with Human Resources and Information Technology on continuous improvement of the Human Resources Information System.
  • Works closely with Human Resources on WMed benefit plans. Oversees benefit plan audits.
  • May conduct periodic and/or special studies/analysis. Reviews, evaluates, and monitors organizational and departmental strategies, and policies and procedures as they apply to the assigned accounting functions to insure that they are applied effectively and consistently.
  • Evaluate and monitor internal controls along with efficiency and effectivenss of departmental procedures, recommends and implements changes to internal controls and procedures when necessary.
  • Leads and manages projects and continuous improvement efforts as defined by the Senior Director, Accounting and Finance.
  • Assists in setting and maintaining strategic direction for the accounting department, and aligning department and personal goals to help achieve its objectives and the organization’s objectives.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends to complete time sensitive or seasonal projects.
  • Availability for overnight/out-of-town travel.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required.
  • Seven years related experience including a required minimum of two years’ experience in public accounting.
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal and procedural requirements.
  • Ability to interpret and apply professional principles and standards.
  • Ability to analyze highly complex fiscal data and operating procedures, and make projections and recommendations.
  • Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards(GAAS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), auditing, payroll processing, fixed asset accounting, tax filing requirements, and strong financial analytics.
  • High level of proficiency in finance-specific applications including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, data mining systems, Excel and Microsoft Word, and related office productivity tools.
  • Strong management, mentorship, and leadership ability.
  • Abilitiy to exercise independent judgment; organize and prioritize work of others; establish and maintain working relationships; maintain impartiality and objectivity.
  • Grant administration preferred.
  • Current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) required.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.


WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.


WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.


The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.


WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. 


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.


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