Manager, Foundation Accounting

BGSU Office of Human Resources   Bowling Green, OH   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on May 10, 2022
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Position Summary

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.

Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

  •   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 Controllers 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.

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Ability to direct the work of others who do not directly report to you
  • 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)

Diversity Statement

In addition to your cover letter and resume, you will be required to upload a written response to the diversity and inclusion question listed below.  The Diversity Statement should not exceed 1 page that is double-spaced with 1-inch margins, using 12pt. font. 

  • Reflect on a time when you advocated for something related to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. 


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with major in Accounting required with 5 years or 150 hours in order to be eligible for the CPA exam and licensure. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.

The following experience is required:

  • 3 years accounting experience including general ledger, financial reporting, footnote disclosure including consolidated financial reporting, and
  • 2 years financial analysis

The following education and experience is preferred:

  • An MBA or master’s in accounting or Finance or closely related area
  • Federal tax course work

Licenses, certifications or registrations:

  • 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.



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


Deadline to apply has been extended.  The search committee will review applications until the position is filled. 



Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefit program as part of a total compensation package.  This includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, health accounts (medical & dependent), life & disability insurance, retirement plans, employee assistance program and tuition fee waivers for employees and their eligible dependents as well as paid time off, holidays and parental leave.  For more information please visit Benefits-at-a-Glance.pdf (

To Apply

For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

BGSU Office of Human Resources

1851 N Research Drive
Bowling Green , OH