Duties and Responsibilities: This is an entry-level accountant position within CLA Fiscal Administration. In this position, the incumbent will perform an array of accountant duties within a financial service team, and will do so with guidance and oversight provided by the supervisor.
(80%) Financial Administration • Generate monthly financial reports, including projections, following established guidelines. Under supervisor guidance, assist with report interpretation, identify trends, and suggest solutions. Identify potential deficits. • Review and approve purchases and payroll transactions on sponsored and non-sponsored accounts for policy compliance and budgetary impact. • Initiate, process, and approve financial transactions for efficient and timely account management according to established standards. • Reconcile accounts and analyze monthly financial results for reasonableness. • Meet as directed with administrators, chairs, directors, faculty, and other staff to review financial status; initiate planning; provide guidance; and problem solve. • Work with unit administration to communicate changes to University and CLA financial policy and procedure. • Communicate and coordinate with college financial administration as necessary. • With Certified Approver guidance, assist with sponsored project budget development; monitor grant expenditures for sponsor and University compliance. • Administer accounts receivable work including ESOs and ISOs, foundation transfers, and external and internal customer billing. • Assist unit administration on annual budget preparation and budget data entry. • Serve as financial systems resource.
(10%) Payroll/HRMS Administration • Provide basic oversight for the payroll document process. • As directed serve as effort coordinator for the assigned units. • Resolve issues and coordinate solutions with the unit, HR, Payroll and CLA.
(10%) Other Assigned Duties • Act as a backup on the team for fellow team members. • Serve on various team or collegiate committees, special assignments, etc. • Special projects as assigned.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field; or a combination of related education and/or relevant professional accounting experience totaling (4) four years. • Demonstrated experience with finances to include forecasting, analysis, budgeting and reporting. • Demonstrated experience with computerized accounting, payroll, and reporting systems. • Demonstrated customer service experience. • Intermediate level of proficiency with Excel. - NOTE: Training and demonstrated proficiency required for access to University financial, payroll, and human resource systems.
- Physical requirements include keyboarding; grasping; talking; hearing; seeing; repetitive motions; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. The work is primarily sedentary which involves sitting much of the time, however, frequently walking to meetings that are held in various buildings throughout the East and West banks of campus will be necessary.
Preferred Qualifications • Demonstrated experience communicating clearly and effectively to: faculty; unit leaders; staff; students; central business units; governmental organizations; and private businesses both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate professionally in conflict situations. • Detail oriented and organized; capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadline objectives. • Demonstrated self-starter able to work in a dynamic team environment that requires flexibility and problem solving skills. • Experience working in a higher education environment. • Experience with fund accounting or handling finances for units with diverse funding sources. • Grant management and grant accounting experience. • Knowledge of University of Minnesota policies and procedures. • Experience utilizing PeopleSoft (EFS/HRMS). • Experience utilizing University's Effort Certification system (ECRT). • Experience utilizing CLA's Instructional Resource Information System (IRIS). • Experience working in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.
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