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Staff Accountant in Brentwood, TN at Compassus

Date Posted: 11/27/2018

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    Brentwood, TN
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Job Description

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The Staff Accountant is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Hospice Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Company, among all departments, and all external stakeholders.

Working with a relatively high level of supervision, this position performs basic analytical assignments and prepares accounting related reports, working as an Individual Contributor or as part of a team. Majority of the functions will be to assist more senior level accounting professionals with the monthly, quarterly and year end close. This position will also support the company’s efforts to comply with the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley.  S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.


  • Regulatory Compliance Pillar of Success
    • Complies with all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations to which the Company is subject.
    • Understands and adheres to all Company policies and procedures.
    • Protects the confidentiality of all patient, Colleague, and Company information. 
    • Cooperates with internal and external surveys, audits and investigations, providing truthful and accurate information.
  • Colleagues and Culture Pillar of Success
  • Contributes to a positive and professional work environment through personal choice of actions, according to the Hospice Compassus Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Participates in regular, direct, and effective communications with Colleagues and Leaders, promoting team building, problem solving, and peer support.
  • Quality Pillar of Success
    • Exhibits compassion, dignity, and respect to our patients and families in all circumstances.
    • Works consistently to do things right the first time, in accordance with our core value of Excellence.
    • Makes efficient and effective use of resources to complete assignments.
    • Demonstrates personal responsibility for professional development and training.
  • Service Pillar of Success
    • Exemplifies the Hospice Compassus Service Commitment in all actions.
    • Demonstrates willingness and ability to adjust to change rapidly and is flexible in a variety of situations.
    • Is open, receptive, approachable, and quick to respond to direction and assignments.
  • Growth Pillar of Success
    • Demonstrates initiative and a “Level 5” Commitment to achieving Company growth and results to ensure long-term viability.
    • Represents the Company positively and professionally within the community.
  • Financial Responsibility Pillar of Success
  • Conducts business effectively and in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Applies the most cost-effective approach to every situation.
  • Practices good stewardship with regard to Company time, money, and physical resources.
  • Position-specific Responsibilities
  • Prepares and analyzes journal entries; proposes adjustments as necessary.
  • Assists with the preparation of general ledger account reconciliations
  • Compares accounting system outputs with daily input verifying for accuracy and resolves discrepancies.
  • Maintains records of routine accounting transactions.
  • Assists in the documentation of simple accounting projects under direct supervision.
  • Assists in the analysis and interpretation of accounting records for use by management, as required.
  • Assists in preparation of financial and operating reports including trial balances, adjustments and closing entries.
  • Prepares schedules with supporting documentation to external auditors
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Basic understanding of Accounting processes
  • Basic knowledge of financial systems (e.g., General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Fixed Assets, Financial Reporting tools)
  • Understanding of taxation – income, sales & use tax desired but not required
  • General knowledge of GAAP requirements
  • General knowledge of internal controls, compliance and auditing
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent customer service skill
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently. Strong written and verbal communications.  Ability to document as required by regulations.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to successfully write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Leaders, and Colleagues.
  • Ability to define problems, understand and collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in a variety of forms and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information, such as patient and Company files.

Education and/or Experience

  • 4-year college degree with a major in business, finance or accounting
  • 1 – 2 years of related experience and/or training
  • Understanding and experience with bank reconciliation functions, posting journal entries, and month end processing are required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially in Excel; attention to detail; strong written and oral communications skills.
  • SAGE software experience a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement initiatives, root cause analysis and project management

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in Accounting software; Internet software, accounting information systems and Microsoft Office software, especially Excel.  Experience with MAS 90 and FAS fixed asset software is preferred.  

Other Qualifications

Strong knowledge of GAAP. Maintains a professional demeanor and appearance. Is self-motivated, dependable and detailed oriented.  Must be high integrity, including maintenance of confidential information.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

None required.

Other Skills and Abilities

Excellent communication skills with strong organizational and problem solving abilities. Ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the colleague is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The colleague is frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The colleague is occasionally required to stand. The colleague must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

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