Finance & Accounting Specialist

As the Finance & Accounting Specialist, you are responsible for reconciling student payments and ensuring all accounts properly reflect a student’s payment history. You also assist the AP/AR Manager with posting cash receipts and ensuring that all students’ needs relating to required payments are met.

Who is American College of Education

Founded in 2005, American College of Education continues to be a leader in professional development through our online programs. The mission of ACE is to deliver high-quality, affordable, and accessible online programs grounded in evidence-based content, real-world experience and relevant application that places our students’ needs first.

ACE is a premier organization that is continually recognized for its commitment to social responsibility. In 2016, ACE became a Certified B Corporation. As a socially conscious institution, we believe we have a responsibility to our students, alumni, employees, local communities, and society. We strive to make an impact in the world that goes well beyond our bottom line.

Who You Are

You are passionate about helping students achieve their educational goals. You thrive in a competitive and collaborative team environment. You are comfortable working remotely and have experience collaborating with others in a virtual environment. You possess a strong attention to detail.

As the Finance & Accounting Specialist, you are responsible for reconciling student payments and ensuring all accounts properly reflect a student’s payment history. You also assist the AP/AR Manager with posting cash receipts and ensuring that all students’ needs relating to required payments are met.


ACE is committed to paying a competitive wage while staying true to our mission maintaining high-quality, affordable programs for our students. The starting salary range for this position is $50,000, plus all full-time employees are eligible for an annual bonus. Offers vary depending on education, prior experience, and expertise being applied to the role.

What We Look for in the Ideal Candidate

Demonstrates self-reliance by meeting/exceeding workflow needs.
Demonstrates positive attitude and motivation, concern for students, teamwork, and excellent time management skills.
Follows established processes as outlined by organization and leadership.
Completes assigned duties based on daily business needs and individual skill set.
Consistently produces a high volume of quality work.
Capable, and adapts as needed, to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision and with other department personnel.
Must support and embrace the College’s B Corp mission to improve the people and communities we serve through our civic engagement initiatives.
Must have exceptional communication, organization, and time management skills.
Must be “self-motivated” as well as creative and efficient in proposing solutions to complex, time-critical problems.
Must be collaborative in driving decisions and a team-player.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to detail.
Builds and maintains student satisfaction.
Recognizes and anticipates student needs.
Day to Day Responsibilities

In this role you will wear different hats, but your skills will be especially essential in the following areas:

Reconcile student payments to the student information system and general ledger (ex. credit card payments, lockbox).
Process, award and audit third-party financing arrangements with student accounts to ensuring third-party financing funds are properly received and reported.
Review and audit student ledgers for charges, scholarships, degree conferral and grants.
Manage other payment options for students (ex. payroll, direct bill)
Manage financial holds and department email inbox.
Manage/assist with collections which involves outreach to students.
Assist with finance and accounting duties as workload requires.
Qualifications and Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business.
2-3 years accounting/bursary experience.
Preferred experience with CampusNexus student information system.
Our Commitment to Employees

Just as we strive to empower our students for success, we also aim to enrich the lives of our employees. For five years, ACE has received recognition as one of Indiana’s Best Places to Work, winning the #1 spot for medium-sized companies in 2020. As a virtual first organization, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating a family-like inclusive work environment. For our full-time employees, we offer the following benefits:

Medical, dental, & vision insurance
HSA and FSA options
Paid parental leave
Paid volunteer time
Tuition reimbursement & reduction programs
Generous PTO
401k and employer match
Full-service wellness and EAP program
Employee recognition and awards programs
Employer paid life & AD&D insurance
Short-term disability
Employer paid long-term disability
And more…
Physical Demands

The physical demand described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with and receive communications from students and ACE employees in real time using online and other electronic media.


At American College of Education, we believe that the best learning environment for students and staff is one in which we encounter viewpoints and experiences that are different, yet complementary to ours. This environment is fostered by the presence of persons with diverse backgrounds. We recognize that acknowledging diversity is a necessary precondition, but sustained effort is necessary to ensure equity and greater inclusion. Through strategic planning and initiatives, we seek to develop programs that promote equity and inclusion for everyone so that all members of ACE’s community can reach their full potential. To create and maintain a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive learning community, we strive to make all feel equally valued, and we uphold our . We may celebrate diversity, but we “live” inclusion.

Additional Notes

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Internet bandwidth speeds from an employee’s remote work location must be a minimum of 50Mbps download speeds and 5Mbps upload speeds. Please note if the bandwidth is shared across multiple devices (tablets, computer, streaming, phone, etc.) you will need higher overall speeds. You can test the speed of your connection by visiting Purchase, setup, installation, support, and ongoing maintenance of reliable internet service is the responsibility of the individual.

American College of Education seeks to attract and retain a diverse staff consistent with its diverse student body and surrounding communities.

ACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.