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Sanford Health Director, Accounting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Facility: Sanford Business Center Building
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Address: 2200 E Benson Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
Shift: Day
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

The Director of Accounting is responsible for providing leadership within the Corporate Accounting department and directs most all aspects of the accounting functions across the Enterprise. Main responsibilities include month-end close cycle; account reconciliations; treasury support; benefit plan audits and 5500s. Position co-leads with Director of Financial Reporting and share in accountabilities for financial statement audits; research GAAP accounting pronouncements and applicability to Sanford and its subsidiaries; standardization and centralization of accounting and processes; and budget inputs at a global level.

Manages the operations of the department including human resources, budget and finance, short and long-range planning, legal and regulatory compliance, and providing professional and/or technical expertise. Provides direction for strong financial stewardship and overall accounting and administrative practices. Serves as an expert on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and ensures compliance to the principles. Works on complex matters where analysis of issues, data, processes and situations requires an in-depth knowledge of enterprise and departmental objectives, as well as in-depth industry and technical knowledge. Decisions are typically related to quality standards, service approach, interpretation of guidelines, escalated exceptions, and the implementation of new or updated programs or large-scale projects for the department and organization. Decisions are guided by extensive experience and department goals. Requires thorough understanding of organizational capabilities across all departments and how they interrelate to one another; serves as a central liaison between finance teams and executive leadership.

Translates organization's vision and mission into actionable goals and projects. Leads change management initiatives and aligns them with organizational values and strategic intent, makes adjustments as necessary. Applies advanced technical knowledge of the department to solve complex problems, which may have long-term impact on the department and possibly the sub function. Provides input to leadership on the development of overall policy and core process changes for the department. Provides input to tactical/operational decisions for the department and enterprise. Regularly has high impact, critical conversations with executive leadership and corporate accounting team; persuades, influences or leads others in implementing strategic change.

Strategically builds a productive and focused team to achieve the objectives of the department. Assesses and directs strategic staffing needs of overall operation; when necessary, establishes business case for additional resources and escalates to senior leadership. Responsible for performance reviews, hiring, promotions or job changes, disciplinary action, employee development and compensation recommendations. Responsible for leveraging team capabilities; has latitude to make changes to job design, recommend job assignments and commit resources to longer-term projects and initiatives.

In addition to technical expertise over accounting principles and standards, must have excellent communication and problem solving skills. Must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills. Must be able to organize and prioritize multiple tasks effectively. Must demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail. Must understand relationships between segments of Sanford. Must have vision and values that are compatible with the organization. Promotes a positive working environment within department and across cross-functional teams in alignment with the Corporate Accounting culture statement. Must embrace systems thinking, be skillful at managing change and understanding a systems approach to problem solving and process improvement involving staff.


Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or other Business-related degree with an Accounting minor required. Accounting degree is preferred.

Experience in public accounting required. Must have at least 8 years of related work experience.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or other professional certification is required.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Job Function: Finance
Req Number: R-56150
Featured: No