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Accounts Payable Manager

$105,000 – $110,000 yearly

Salem State University

Last Updated: 3/16/23

Job Description

Now seeking an accounts payable manager to oversee and coordinate all aspects of disbursement management of the daily business operations over and within the accounts payable area, as well as the university at large. This person will direct, oversee, and coordinate the day to day functions of AP staff. The ideal candidate must exercise independent judgment, be flexible and able to anticipate changes in work responsibilities within the department and to adapt to fulfill the demands of its operations; diplomatic and adaptable; an effective team builder and efficient problem-solver manager, with keen decision-making skills. In addition to excellent communication and interpersonal skills, this individual possesses strong team leadership and supervisory skills and exhibits a supportive, team-oriented management style.

This role is responsible for supporting disbursements by performing high level and complex accounting within the public higher education governmental industry and its standards and will be involved in the financial analysis, reconciliations, and projects that support various accounting and other functions within the Accounting and Payroll department as determined by the Controller. This position also monitors internal controls within the department; grows and maintains productive working relationships with customers, vendors, students, and employees as well as with other departments and their staff (e.g., Purchasing, Facilities, Navigation Center etc.).

Please Note: that this is a hybrid position with on campus, in person responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or finance
  2. Minimum of seven years of full-time professional progressive experience in accounting or auditing with demonstrated technical competence in a non-profit/governmental fund accounting environment and includes disbursement responsibilities to include accounts payable
  3. Minimum of five or more years of supervisory and/or managerial experience; proven ability to manage, supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources
  4. Experience in applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), financial accounting theory and practice

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in business, accounting, or finance
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reporting system (MMARS), Commonwealth of MAssachusetts State appropriations and governmental accounting standards (GASB) strongly preferred
  3. Strong preference for experience within a complex and large public higher education or non-profit organization
  4. Ability to independently and accurately query and extract data from relational databases for multiple business purposes and convert to functional report formats and explain conclusions reached
  5. Advanced Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access 6
  6. Knowledge and proficiency of Accounts Payable/PeopleSoft and/or Oracle
  7. Advanced experience with large volume computer-based vendor payments

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email
Permanent Hybrid/Remote Work Condition: The Accounting and Payroll department is currently working in a hybrid model in some positions. On-campus work will be required for this role some of the time but remote for the other time. The university reserves the right to set the conditions and location of the employment, including changing to a more traditional inhouse work model if that is necessary to effectively meet the mission of the university and responsibilities of this position.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Salem State University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

Company Details

Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Our Mission Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development. Our Vision Salem State University will be a premier teaching university that engages students in an inspi...