Student Accounts Representative - Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts

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Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under the general supervision of the Director of Student Accounts/Bursar the Student Account Representative is responsible for generating cash receipts for student tuition, residence hall fees, miscellaneous student fees, and all other incoming institutional funds, i.e., donations, special program income and posting to student accounts.  Serves as front-line person at the Bursar’s Office and on phones to assist students/parents.  Directs students/parents to the appropriate Student Affairs or other College Offices.  Responsibilities include processing daily cash receipts, reconciliation of cash receipts with the Senior Account Representative, and preparation of bank deposit tickets. Performs miscellaneous duties in connection with the billing process and serves as a key individual interacting with students and parents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Cash Receipts Functions:

  • Process all daily payments received by the college for accounts receivable invoices i.e. student accounts including Special Programs.
  • Reconcile daily cash receipts by verifying cash and checks against data entered in on-line computer system
  • Prepare daily reconciliation summary.

General Accounting Functions:

  • Know college general ledger account numbers, cash, receivable and miscellaneous codes to verify appropriate data entry.
  • Verify that all receipt transmittals are complete and accurate prior to posting. Return receipts as required.
  • Interprets entries to student's accounts and identifies balances by accessing the on line computer system and referencing related documents.
Customer Service Duties Related to Student Accounts:
  • Serves as front-line person at the Bursar’s window responding professionally and courteously to all inquires from constituents, i.e. students, parents, lenders, faculty, administrative and support staff through personal and telephone communications.
  • Counsel customers regarding student related functions of other College departments, i.e. financial aid, registrar, housing, admissions, etc., in order to address or refer issues not served directly by the Bursar area.
  • Maintain Bursar e-mail account by reading and responding to emails, deleting junk mail or forwarding messages to appropriate departments when necessary.

General Office Support Related to Student Accounts:

  • Assist in placing Bursar cleared or hold on student accounts.
  • Assist in analyzing and issuing student refunds in accordance with federal state regulations and College confidentiality policies.
  • Assist in ongoing internal audit of accounts ensuring continued accuracy.
  • Research inquiries regarding disputed or questioned transactions regarding student accounts.
  • Assist in issuing and mailing student account statements.
  • Assist in preparation of special billings to third party payers of student accounts.
  • Assist in notifying students when checks are received from outside agencies that require a student signature for processing.
  • Assist in sending out receipt requests.
General Office Support:
  • Sort and distribute mail.
  • Perform copy work and filing.
  • Responsible for having students complete the #8300 form for payments in excess of $10,000 and the collection of various other forms (i.e., health insurance waivers, refund requests, etc.
  • Comply with all security measures regarding cash and other payments. Responsible for locking checks and petty cash in the safe at the close of business and securing cashiers windows and office doors.
  • Assist in the preparation for registration and check in periods.
  • When time allows assist with TMS payments and budget adjustments.
  • Continue to support the migration of Berklee Online to Colleague.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and follow up skills to conduct all relations with students, parents, faculty, administrative and support staff in a professional manner.
  • Articulate, professional, pleasant telephone manner.
  • Ability to function well under pressure and maintain a pleasant customer service attitude.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately with minimal supervision.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong verbal, writing and general knowledge of accounting with experience interpreting accounting entries necessary.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop & maintain effective working relationships with individuals & organizations reflecting a broad range of identities, perspectives & experiences.

Required Experience

  • Experience with computerized systems and interpreting computer output.
  • High School Diploma required and minimum 3 years successful customer service experience as bank teller, cashier, sales person or equivalent.  Previous experience in a college setting preferred.

Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Keyword Phrases

  • Student Accounts Representative
  • Learning lab for the music of today
  • Cultivating the musicianship of all students
  • Holistic and constantly evolving diversity
  • Bursar and Student Accounts
  • Business and Financial Management
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: High School
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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