Accounting Manager, Stanford Law School

Stanford University
August 5, 2022
Palo Alto, CA
Job Type


Accounting Manager, Stanford Law School

School of Law, Stanford, California, United States


Post Date May 19, 2022

Requisition # 94569

Accounting Manager, Stanford Law School (Hybrid Position)

*Hybrid work arrangement eligible, with the option to work from home up to 2 days/week.

Stanford Law School, on the campus of one of the worlds leading research universities, offers unmatched opportunities. We are known for our collegial culture, which is intimate and egalitarian. In this close-knit community, collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning. Students, faculty, staff, alumni all support and inspire each other to explore, excel and contribute to the world through law.

We are seeking an Accounting Manager to lead accounting support at Stanford Law School. Reporting to the SeniorDirector of Business Affairs,the position is crucial in supporting the daily business operations of the school, and an essential resource for law school personnel (faculty, academic and staff) and students. This position assumes the responsibility for ensuring compliance with University policies and regulatory requirements and serves as a liaison to University central offices. The Accounting Manager will perform accounting functions including analyzing Law School expenditure statements, reconciling complex accounting transactions, reviewing multiple accounts and transactions, and ensuring financial compliance with university policies. In this role you will lead, train, review, and coach the accounting-related work of law school administration. Serve as a valued accounting resource for colleagues both inside and outside of the school.


  • Analyze accounting transactions and information to summarize current financial position. Construct and assemble data for decision making, develop conclusions, and present summary of recommendations.

  • Collect data and perform research on transactions. Generate, review, and communicate information that reflects actual financial activity against budget. Prepare and present quantitative and qualitative analyses focusing on variances.

  • Capture, track, and report revenue, transfers, and expense. Determine appropriate practices for accounting record preparation, research of transactions, and reporting.

  • Evaluate, maintain, and review school-wide internal accounting process controls; recommend potential areas of improvement, and implement and maintain new accounting procedures that will upgrade targeted areas.

  • Run weekly, monthly and ad hoc financial and labor management reports, often from multiple university systems.

  • Execute internal control programs approved by Law School leadership. Contribute to the management of the schools compliance program, including the running of existing reports and the creation of new complex reports.

  • Review, process, and compile accounting transactions and documents for completeness, accuracy, and compliance. Resolve transactional inquiries, escalate broader issues. Reconcile and resolve issues associated with complicated transactions.

  • Contribute to Law School accounting policies and strategies. Assist in the development of change management plans and materials. Participate as a member of an accounting process improvement team; support new initiatives.

  • Maintain school accounting files and desktop procedures. Ensure compliance with University policies, Law School guidelines, and federal regulations and requirements.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or Economics preferred.

  • Four years of applicable work experience, or combination of education and relevant work experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Intermediate proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; intermediate Excel skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.

  • Understanding of and ability to apply accounting skills and concepts.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

  • Understanding of university fund accounting practices.

  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.

  • Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.


  • Knowledge of financial systems, such as Oracle, and ability to learn new systems.

  • Proven ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy under tight deadlines.

  • Project management skills.

How to Apply:

Application deadline: July 11, 2022

Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, potentially before the deadline. We encourage interested applicants to apply as early as possible.

Please submit your cover letter and resume when you apply via the Stanford Careers website:, referencing job number [94569].

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 4442

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Grade: H

  • Requisition ID: 94569

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