Senior Accounting Specialist

Florida State University

Job Description

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supervises the work of staff (to include Accounting Assistants, Associates, and Specialist) in the Accounting Department. Makes hiring decisions and conducts employee performance evaluations in consultation with the Assistant Director. Coordinates daily work activities to ensure delivery of accurate accounting services to the Ringling Museum. Reviews monthly schedules and reconciliations done by Accounting staff to ensure accuracy, completeness, and timeliness. Ensures work performed is in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations by auditing, analyzing, and verifying accounting activities.
  • Prepares monthly financial statements for The Ringling Museum’s E&G, Auxiliaries, and Foundation budgets. Responsible for compiling financial reports and statements used by the museum to support sound financial decisions. Reconciles the Ringling’s Investment accounts monthly and provides analysis of account activity and earnings. Develops management reports and participates in any projects designed to expand or enhance the financial or operational systems to meet departmental needs. Monitors correcting journal entries to ensure the accuracy of financial reports. Produces reports or statements for management, Ringling Foundation Board, and FSU as needed. Resolves complex accounting and budgeting problems.
  • Responsible for highly complex professional accounting work. Conducts financial analyses of departmental operations and prepares monthly interdepartmental budget and project reports. Prepares regular and ad-hoc financial and operational reports as necessary to ensure good business practices and financial stability. Produces reports or statements for management, Ringling Foundation Board, and FSU as needed.
  • Provides interpretation and implementation of University fiscal and accounting administrative policies and procedures. Works with the Assistant Director on developing departmental accounting policies and procedures. Makes recommendations and assists with the planning, designing, implementing and administering of accounting programs necessary to support the operations of The Ringling Museum.
  • Monitors the business activities of the museum through maintenance and control of financial records. Responsible for the accuracy of the general ledger accounts in the Financial Edge accounting system and oversight of the general ledger function of the FSU foundation eCRM database. Supervises revenue and expense inputs into Financial Edge and the General Ledger. Oversees the monitoring and review FSU and Ringling Foundation P-Card purchases.
  • Assists with the coordination of complex internal and external audits where accurate, detailed financial reports are a key component of achieving audit compliance. Works with contracted audit firm to coordinate annual audit for the Ringling Foundation; reviews and provides information and schedules as required. Advises and makes recommendations to Museum management as needed for compliance with audit requirements. Compiles information for monthly tax returns required by FSU.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting and four years of accounting related experience.
    • (Note: higher education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)
  • Previous supervisory experience and ability to train and supervise employees.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of accounting, budgeting, and preparation of financial reports.
  • Ability to review and reconcile financial data for accuracy, completeness, and compliance.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of accounting systems and practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in non-profit and/or governmental accounting.

Other Information


This position is based in Sarasota, FL and is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Contact Info


For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-358-2773 or employment@ringling.org.

Anticipated Salary Range


The anticipated salary will be in the 60k range and will be commensurate with the education, skills, and experience of the selected candidate. Find out more about our comprehensive benefits package under the "FSU Total Rewards" section.

Museum employees also receive:

  • Regular training on upcoming exhibitions
  • Private gallery talks with curators
  • Discounts on memberships
  • Discounts in the museum store
  • Discounts on select performances/events
  • Free museum admission and much more!

Pay Plan


This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

FSU Total Rewards


FSU offers a robust Total Rewards package. Visit our website to learn more about our Compensation, Benefits, Wellness, Recognition, and Employee Development programs.

Use our interactive tool to calculate Total Compensation options based on potential salary, benefits and retirement contributions, earned leave, and other employment-related perks.



Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a one hour meal period.

Criminal Background Check


This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How to Apply 

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.


Equal Employment Opportuntiy

The Ringling is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we are always seeking individuals dedicated to innovation and excellence. A successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting. We especially encourage applications by individuals from underrepresented groups, with a demonstrated commitment to a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace.

Should you require accommodations for the application or interview processes, please email employment@ringling.org or call 941-538-2773.

Learn more about our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

  • FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement
    • https://hr.fsu.edu/sites/g/files/upcbnu2186/files/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf
  • FSU Diversity & Inclusion Statement
  • FSU Strategic Plan
  • Ringling Strategic Plan
  • Ringling Equity Statement

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