Now Hiring: Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager

The University of North Carolina Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

UNC Press is currently seeking a hands-on, detail-oriented Accounting Manager with good organizational skills and the problem-solving skills necessary to provide a variety of accounting and financial functions to support the activities of the Press and its wholly owned subsidiary, Longleaf Services, Inc. This is an environment where flexibility and adaptation to change are key. It is often a roll up your sleeves and participate work environment where teamwork is key. The primary responsibilities are listed below and subject to change as needed.

  • Oversee and participate in royalty processing, including all processing for our client presses.
  • Field and provide solutions for financial and royalty questions from our client presses. 
  • Provide financial reporting and budgeting support for UNC Press and Longleaf Services.
  • Responsibility for all taxation issues to include sales tax oversight, 1099 oversight, 1042 processing, and work with the CPA firm to prepare timely 990 for both companies.
  • Prepare ad hoc financial reports as requested by CFO or Director.
  • Assist with the annual budgeting process for both companies, meeting deadlines for a May presentation to finance committee.
  • Administer the accumulation and consolidation of financial data necessary for an annual financial audit of both entities.
  • Assist in management of internal controls, including GL issues, unusual transactions.  Provide accounting solutions that are solid under GAAP and GASB standards.
  • Balance general ledger accounts on a monthly basis 
  • Participate in the conversion of types of data. Ex:   the onboarding of new client presses to upcoming change in accounting software providers.
  • Provide support to client publishers as needed.

Preferred qualifications:

  • B.S. in accounting or a related field
  • 7 years of relevant accounting/finance experience
  • Understanding of GAAP and GASB
  • Strong system interface skills
  • Report writing
  • Critical eye for detail
  • Ability to identify and implement process improvements
  • Strong leadership and communication skills are required
  • Team mentality while maintaining the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel 
  • Knowledge of publishing preferred, but not required.

To Apply:

Provide a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and contact information for three professional references to Adele Sommerville, Director of Human Resources, UNC Press, The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only finalists will be contacted.

About UNC Press
UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. From its early days, the Press adopted the principle that its books should not merely observe but seek to understand, explain, and thereby improve our world. In keeping with that principle, UNC Press became the first scholarly publisher to develop an ongoing program of books by and about African Americans, beginning in the late 1920s, and was at the vanguard of the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s studies in the 1970s. In addition to works on global history, religion, politics, and culture, the Press pioneered one of the earliest and strongest regional publishing programs in the country, publishing books on the people, culture, and environment of the South, cultivating a vital legacy for the future. The Press is also a leading publisher of works of Indigenous studies and histories of the carceral state, among other subjects that engage with pressing issues of social concern. To learn more about the Press, visit

UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will build upon our past efforts to attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.