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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Accountant Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75198
  • Pay Grade: P7
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Finance & Business Operations
  • Function: Accounting


Prepares and analyzes financial reports, making studies or recommendations relative to the accounting of assets, revenues, and expenditures. Reviews and verifies the accuracy of journal entries and accounting classifications reported on the financial statements of the University. Provide information to the University staff regarding accounting practices and procedures, and reconciling general ledger accounts. This position assumes the role of a subject matter expert on assigned topics.

Level Scope

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity.  Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 2 years’ experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience preparing financial and/or auditor statements, schedules and reports. 
  • Experience interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, codes, regulations or ordinances. Knowledge of governmental accounting practices and principles
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience in effective data presentation using Excel and/or other spreadsheet computer applications
  • Demonstrated experience in financial analysis and budget management 

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Accountant must:

  • Prepares complex reports, schedules and special studies requiring a broad knowledge of principles, practices and procedures for both internal and external financial reporting requirements and year end audit. Analytical review of complex account reconciliations. Prepares and files annual financial statements for the department and department programs. Prepare schedules to manage and forecast budget to actual financial results.
  • Interprets, applies and explains complex laws, codes, regulations or ordinances. Research and analyze data for accuracy, trends, and variances to ensure appropriate accounting procedures have been followed for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations and university policy. 
  • Routinely makes decisions regarding proper processing, booking and reporting of transaction. Develops and monitors financial procedures and controls for internal financial budget to actual reporting, cash handling systems, vault control, disbursements, etc. Reconciling account balances and bank statements, maintaining general ledger and preparing month-end close procedure.

35% of Time the Accountant

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Accountant

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection. 

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Accountant

Career Path

Accountant, Sr. Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.