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University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Business Administration, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Campus Controller's Office (CCO) at CU Boulder encourages applications for an Accountant! This position exists to provide accounting expertise, internal controls, guidance and interpretation of CU’s fiscal policies and procedures, and post-audit financial transaction management. The Accountant is responsible for assigned CU Boulder departments and serves the campus needs by properly recording, classifying, reconciling, correcting and querying transactions. This position also provides various trainings throughout the year to assist and mentor campus users on proper policies, procedures, financial systems, and other topics of interest.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CCO maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility through accurate financial accounting and reporting and in compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures and contract requirements for sponsored projects. We provide oversight, assistance and training in financial stewardship for the Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Accounting Excellence (identifying, improving, maintaining processes, including metrics):
  • Understand and review campus departmental operations to ensure that they are in the compliance with applicable accounting and industry standards.
  • Develop sound campus business management accounting practices by examining State, campus management, and campus departmental users’ needs.
  • Prepare weekly, quarterly, and year-end journal entries in Excel and uploads journal entries into the PeopleSoft finance system for review and approval.
  • Create and assure accuracy of year-end financial statements, related footnotes, and work papers for audit and publication for the General, Auxiliary, Agency, Gift, and Loan by developing, reviewing, compiling, comparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting system sources and generated documents for correctness, comparability, and appropriateness.
  • Direct and oversee Boulder campus financial transactions in the General, Auxiliary, Agency, Gift, Loan, and Renewal & Replacement. Also controls and detects irregularities or unusual developments; assesses potential impact on campus financial reporting and recommends proper accounting treatments by:
  • Interpret, and apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) standards, Colorado Higher Education Standards, State Fiscal Rules, Colorado Department of Administration (DOA) Rules, TABOR (Amendment 1) Guidelines, University of Colorado Policies and Procedures, and Financial Reporting System guidelines.
  • Perform post-auditing through exception reports including abnormal balances, unchanged balances, suspended accounts activities, cash deficit controls, budget deficits controls, recharge activity review, use of ID rev/exp review, and other exception as vital. Assures campus user compliance with above by instructing and advising correct application and practice of these principles and standards.
  • Develop and produce, as needed, monthly and quarterly General, Auxiliary, Gift, Agency, Loan, Renewal & Replacement reports and variance analyses for Office of State Controller, Office of University Controller, UCB – Budget and Fiscal Planning (BFP), and campus management by compiling, analyzing, and interpreting finance system data, COFRS data, and system-generated documents and discussing fund activities with campus departmental users for changes.
  • Follow-up reviews on internal audit reports and reports the current status of management actions on internal audit findings to the Controller.
  • Perform credit card business practice evaluations and makes appropriate recommendations on the creation of credit card accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

University Engagement (engaging with and training campus staff):
  • Provide, coordinate, and plan for consulting, training, advising, coaching, and mentoring services to campus personnel on the identification and investigation of current accounting issues; the development of accounting methods and business processes; the implementation of accounting related projects; the design of customized managerial reports; the preparation of service center rate calculations; and the facilitation of accounting opportunities and solutions.
  • Develop, design, and implement optimum training and customer support approaches.
  • Provide, coordinate, and plan for training campus personnel on the use of the PeopleSoft system.
  • Discuss fund activities with campus users, and serves as liaison between campus user departments and State audit staff, University System Administration, and Campus management.
  • Service as the financial specialist for assigned CU Boulder departments.

People Development (developing, retaining, recognizing our staff):
  • Seek opportunities for professional development and training for self/unit.
  • Provide suggestions for growth and development of the area accounting area and CCO.

Infrastructure Enhancement (technology requirements, system upgrades and brand identity):
  • Assist with training and implementation of system upgrades, such as PeopleSoft or Cognos.
  • Identify areas to improve service excellence to campus constituents.
What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer
  • The salary for this position is $52,000.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements
Be ambitious. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 1+ years of professional, job related experience.
What You Will Need
  • Sophisticated Microsoft Access and Excel skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record as a problem solver.
  • Proven customer service orientation.
  • Proven public presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to work with a wide range of people.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP, University and state accounting and fiscal rules.
  • Experience and knowledge of governmental or higher education accounting procedures.
  • Solid understanding of PeopleSoft or related enterprise accounting system.
  • CPA.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by November 14, 2021, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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