Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular
purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our
founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was
for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in
turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer
exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of
our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them.
Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our
students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry,
designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for
major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500
companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a
public institution offering accessible, affordable educational
opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal
arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly
personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but
our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and
strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a
challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing
culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging
Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing
national leadership in science education and exploring strategies
that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored
that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in
Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage
applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a
diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000
graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors,
and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs.
Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the
surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and
innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant
landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of
each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to
discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit
and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and
truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity
of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of
joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and
our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution
in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and
a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your
career the best chapter at Framingham State University.
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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Incumbents of positions in this series examine accounting data;
prepare financial statements and reports; maintain accounting
records; and perform related work as required.
The basic purpose of this work is to examine, analyze, and
interpret account records for the purpose of giving advice or
View the full Classification Specifications for the Accountant
Staff Associate ? Grants, A/P and Accounting
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversee, review and process a high volume of invoices and other
transactions for timely payment and to take advantage of vendor
- Communicate with and assist departments via email and phone re:
the receiving and approval of invoices.
- Communicate with vendors via email and telephone regarding
invoice discrepancies and invoice payments.
- Research and reconcile any invoice previous balance and
- Process procurement card and EFT payment transactions.
- Coordinate the scanning of invoices and other documents using
the Banner Extender module and file and organize invoices and other
- Process MMARS (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts accounting
system) invoices in Banner and MMARS.
- Assist in maintaining certain information such as utilities
charges using Excel spreadsheets.
- Run and analyze reports on a daily and monthly basis to prepare
invoices for payments, to reduce accounts payables and open
- Create financial reports (vendor history/detail, trial balance,
meal plan bill analysis, general ledger transaction detail, etc.)
using the Argos reporting software.
- Back up to other accountants and staff during vacation,
personal, sick, and peak times.
- Review and enter signed off budget entries and journal entries
to be approved and finalized.
- Perform complex reconciliations of vendor invoices to
- Perform bank transactions such as cash deposits, petty cash
replenishments, and other bank transactions as required at the
university's local bank branch.
- Reviews accounts payable, budget request and other accounting
procedures and job aids to ensure conformance with established
- Perform related duties associated with implementing of new
technologies in the AP process.
- Review accounting and accounts payable transactions, reports,
etc. for accuracy, and make corrections where necessary.
- Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
- Attend trainings as required and assist in all areas of the
Business Office as needed
- Reliable and consistent attendance and punctuality are expected
for this position.
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or
equivalent part-time, professional experience in accounting or
auditing, or (B) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time,
paraprofessional experience in accounting or auditing, or (C) any
equivalent combination of the required (A) experience and the
I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in accounting,
business administration or business management may be substituted
for the required (A) experience.*
II. Successfully completed education in accounting or business
administration in a recognized business school or school of
accounting may be substituted for the required (A) experience on
the basis of one year of such education above the high school level
or six (6) months of the required (A) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of
the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
- Ability to think and work independently and in a team setting,
to be detail oriented, meet deadlines and willing to learn new
- Excellent analytical, data entry, organizational, and oral and
written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively and professionally with faculty,
staff and vendors.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, benefits-eligible position in
the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
(AFSCME) bargaining unit with a title of Accountant I. The
bi-weekly pay rate is $1,820.73 (grade 15, step 1).
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual
offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final
employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity
Members of underrepresented or minoritized groups, women,
veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to
equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
For full consideration, application materials should be received
by October 20, 2023, however applications may continue to be
reviewed until the position is filled, at the discretion of the
Framingham State University only accepts application materials
through our online application system. We are unable to accept
application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery.
If you experience technical issues with the online application
process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.
Framingham State University understands that persons with
specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application
process and/or with the interview process. For confidential
assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at
508-626-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.