This position maintains and reconciles ledgers and accounts according to generally accepted accounting principles in compliance with university, state and federal policies for Advancement at the University of Utah. The Accountant will support staff with general accounting activities including, but not limited to, payments of invoices, reconciliation of accounts, preparation of employee reimbursements, and purchasing and payroll forms. This role will also prepare and analyze financial information based upon derived statistics and analysis performed to enhance fiscal accountability and reporting. The Accountant reports to the Direct of Administration for University and UHealth Advancement.
The successful candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, strong written and verbal communication, administrative, time-management and organizational skills, social and emotional intelligence, and the ability to triage and manage multiple priorities and projects. The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented self-starter with a strong work ethic and customer service orientation, will possess superior scheduling and organizational skills, will display the ability to work independently on projects from conception to completion, and will be able to meet deadlines. A successful candidate must have operational knowledge of Microsoft Office and related computer software including, Outlook, Power Point and Word/Excel.
Priority will be given to applicants who apply before September 8, 2022
As a part of the University of Utah, the University Advancement division is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ). We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.
At University of Utah, we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to your competitive salary, medical/dental/vision/life plan and up to 14.2% contribution to your retirement plan, we have the following perks, including:
Flexibility : Two – Four days a week (depending on your work) feel free to skip the commute and hit your deadlines from home.
Office culture : we have a highly collaborative office. Dress code is relaxed business/casual – we want you to be comfortable. Plus you’ll have cohort of peer fundraisers with whom you can strategize and collaborate.
Wellness in action : take advantage of our many health and wellness programs on-campus and virtually. This includes mental health and resiliency support, discount on outdoor recreation rentals and Eccles Student Life Center, nutrition services, and more.
Community : Discounted and sometimes free admission to arts, cultural, museum, lectures and select sporting events on campus.
Learning : In addition to the many free educational opportunities on campus, the University offers 50% tuition reduction for eligible employees and their families. We also offer many professional development opportunities and an annual budget to develop your skills.
Other benefits and services include:
Flexible Spending Accounts ( FSA )
Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (403(b), Roth 403(b), 457(b))
WellU Employee Wellness Program
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
Supplemental Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Program ( EAP )
Long Term Care Insurance
Hyatt Legal Plans
UESP 529 College Savings Plan
Family and Medical Leave Act
Assists the Director of Administration in management of the University Advancement and UHealth Advancement budgets to ensure funds are used to meet the goals and mission of the University and Advancement.
Prepares and assesses budget, revenue, expense, payroll and journal entries, and other accounting documents to process invoices and reimbursements for payment.
Analyzes and monitors budgets and expenditures for compliance with fiscal accountability and reporting requirements; Ensures transactions are posted correctly to accounts and reviews transactions for accuracy and required back-up documentation.
Reconciles balance sheets, cash, general ledger, payroll accounts and supporting journal entries; Tracks overall and individual area income and expenses to analyze revenue and expenditure trends and forecasts.
Helps develop accounting systems and documents to support financial data and reporting procedures in compliance with University, state, and federal policies.
Maintains budget records and preparing expenditure statements to assist with effective budgetary management.
Collects, organizes and analyzes data for specialized reports.
Interacts with internal and external auditors to participate in auditing projects.
Responds to a variety of accounting-related questions, such as inquiries from vendors on invoice status and assists department staff with questions on payment or purchasing documents.
May maintain department inventory or prepare annual physical inventory.
This position requires the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles, federal cost accounting regulations and University policies and procedures to a variety of situations. The incumbent must be able to interpret complex policies and effectively communicate the information in an easily understood manner. The incumbent is required to provide analysis of each situation and use professional judgement in reaching a solution. The Accountant is expected to recommend changes to accounting based procedures based upon analysis performed and specialized knowledge.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field, plus one year related experience or equivalency required. A thorough understanding of general ledger accounting practices, cost analysis and accounting principles, as well as demonstrated analytical, problem solving, human relations and effective communication skills also required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.
To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu
For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/
To inquire about this posting, email: (%) or call 801-581-2300.
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.