Columbus College of Art and Design

Bursar Jobs at Columbus College of Art and Design

Bursar Jobs at Columbus College of Art and Design

Sample Bursar Job Description



CCAD's Business Office is seeking an experienced student financial services professional to fill the role of Bursar. Ideal candidates have at least 1-3 years of relevant experience and can work independently with little supervision, are a critical thinker, can multitask effectively, and are committed to providing students excellent customer service. The Bursar is a key member of the Business Office and will work alongside a team of professionals committed to the mission of the college, working together in a collaborative fashion, and supporting CCAD's community of faculty, staff, and students.


The Bursar is responsible for managing all aspects of the college's student account receivable functions including billing, payment processing, establishing payment plans, refunds, collections, and preparation of annual tax forms. This role is a key part of the student experience at the college and provides excellent customer service while helping students navigate their accounts and coordinating with financial aid and registration. The Bursar reports to the college's Controller and is an integral member of the Business Office team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation of student account statements including assessments for tuition, fees, housing, meal plan, and any other charges in accordance with approved rates
  • Prepares and processes refunds to students and third-parties in accordance with regulatory and internal policy timelines.
  • Coordinate billings with various third-parties including State Bureaus of Vocational Rehabilitation, ROTC, VA, State Tuition Credit Authorities, and other outside agencies.
  • Processing payments on student accounts to ensure accurate balances.
  • Provides customer service and financial counseling to students, parents and guardians in various modes – email, phone, virtual meetings, and in-person. Participates in new student orientation programs as requested.
  • Coordinate outsourced collections activities, including recurring reporting, posting activity to accounts, and ensuring the outsourced provider is operating in a manner consistent with the goals of the college.
  • Operates as the product owner for the college's technical systems used in administering student accounts, electronic payments, and offering payment plans. Coordinates with the college's Information Technology department on technical issues as needed.
  • Maintains rate tables to ensure accuracy of charges, credits, scholarships, grants, and waivers. Coordinates with college departments as needed.
  • Routine accounting functions such as month-end and year-end close of the billing system, ad hoc reporting, monitoring of payment plans, and assisting in reconciliations between the billing system and general ledger.
  • Coordinates production of 1098-T statements with the outsourced provider.

QUALIFICATIONS 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, skills, and/or ability required.

  • Familiar with federal rules and regulations pertinent to student finances such as cash management, form 1098-T preparation, and collections.
  • Ability to learn new technologies, uncover improvement opportunities that improve efficiency and customer service, and work through process changes in a collaborative fashion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present and interact with diverse audiences.
  • Curiosity, commitment to continuous learning and development.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage projects.


  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related fields required. 1-3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified is desired. A combination of direct experience and training in lieu of a Bachelor's degree will be considered.
  • Experience with Ellucian Powercampus and Transact CashNet is beneficial, but not required.


  • The employee is regularly required to walk and talk and hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


  • The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and extreme heat.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

COMPENSATION: This position is full-time, exempt. Compensation is commensurate on experience and qualifications. CCAD offers a benefits package including: vacation time, additional paid time off while the college is closed during winter break, sick time accrual, health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement contribution, tuition remission, free campus parking, and free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art.

HOW TO APPLY: Visit to submit your application. When asked to upload application materials, please submit a resume/CV and a cover letter. If you are applying from any website other than CCAD or Indeed, you will receive a follow up email 3 hours after your initial submission directing you to follow the link and complete your application. You must complete this two-step process, or your application will be considered INCOMPLETE.

CCAD Vaccination & Booster Requirement Notice

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CCAD is implementing a vaccination & booster requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees, including on-campus, hybrid, or fully remote status, are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination and booster shot (if eligible) as determined by CCAD and provide proof of their fully vaccinated/up to date status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must request a Request for Accommodation form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process. Accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and/or granted where they do not cause CCAD undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to Human Resources at

*CCAD reserves the right to modify, supplement, revise, or rescind any part of this notice as it deems necessary or appropriate with notification.

About CCAD:

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, accredited, and nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs in a variety of visual art and design disciplines, a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and commerce at the highest level. At the core of CCAD is The CCAD Way, one of Creative Collaboration, Intentional Inclusivity, and Proven Potential. Our Core Values of Respect, Positivity, Inspiration, and Accountability unite us. CCAD's Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion works to help CCAD grow with intention into a more inclusive and equitable institution. Learn more at

About Columbus:

As the 14th largest city in the country and the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, Columbus is collaborative, open, and dynamic. Between incredible arts and entertainment, exciting collegiate and professional sports, and a spectacular downtown riverfront of sprawling greenspace, Columbus has something for everyone. Here, you'll find all the culture and amenities you'd expect in a major city, with the friendly and approachable attitude of the Midwest. Franklin County, where Columbus is located, is the epicenter of the state's political, economic, and social presence and is home to 1.3 million residents with a median age of 34. Columbus is a top city for equality and was the recipient of a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in 2020. And central Ohio is serious about higher education: the Columbus region is home to 52 college and university campuses, with 22,000 annual college graduates. Because CCAD is closely tied to the city's numerous art and design spaces and ever-expanding districts, you'll have plenty of places to experience creativity and showcase your own.

EEO Statement:

As an educational and cultural institution, a culture of equity and inclusion is not an add-on at CCAD, rather it is central to how we define creative excellence and the health of our institution. CCAD believes that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. At CCAD, we are determined to foster an environment of inclusion and equity. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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