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The UC Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Financial Services Unit, within the Office of the Controller, is the principal organizational unit for providing leadership and technical expertise in the development, management, analysis, reporting and coordination of ANR financial services. The Office is responsible for ensuring that the Division's financial affairs and those of the regional, county and special program offices are conducted in accordance with University business and finance regulations and funding agency constraints.
Under general direction, the Accountant 4 uses advanced accounting concepts and ANR systemwide organizational objectives to resolve highly complex issues affecting Divisionwide financial compliance and reporting. Performs work of considerable difficulty consolidating, reconciling, and preparing reports of ANR operations with varying detail from multiple campus general ledgers and the Corporate Financial System. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions, completing analyses and developing recommendations. Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work, with general instructions provided on new or unique accounting assignments. Interacts with senior ANR leadership, including the Vice President of Business Operations, as well as external personnel on significant matters affecting the Division.
Affirmative Action - Promotes, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
20% - Audit - Assists in responding to financial audit requests from internal and external auditors.
20% - Federal Reports - Responsible for the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual Federal reports, including Agricultural Experiment Station Funds, Federal Formula Funds, Special Project Funds, and the Federal Retirement System.
20% - Financial Management Reports - With minimal direction, independently prepares ANR financial management reports of a highly complex nature from multiple campus and UCOP information systems for presentation to ANR senior leaders and other stakeholders. Maintains ANR chart of accounts and updates account mapping.
15% - Reconciliations - With minimal direction from Financial Services Director independently prepares highly complex reconciliations of ANR Federal, State, and University funds on multiple UC campuses. Consolidates ANR general ledger data from multiple campus general ledgers to one general ledger. Prepares associated reconciliations and elimination journal entries as necessary.
15% - Systems Development - Participates in the development and implementation of systemwide financial information, payroll and personnel, and general ledger systems.
10% - Compliance - Monitors ANR financial compliance with Federal and State regulations and University policies and procedures using a variety of tools including data analytics. Identifies issues and takes appropriate actions and/or makes necessary recommendations. Provides training and assistance on the use of various campus and UC Office of the President financial information systems. Answers financial policy and procedure questions from ANR administrative and program units.
Experience and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting theories, principles, and practices (GAAP) as they apply to a wide variety of accounting transactions and fiscal troubleshooting. Thorough knowledge of reconciliation processes, the accounting cycle, financial statements, SAS, internal controls, and GASB Statements.
Demonstrated ability to perform and coordinate complex accounting functions with multiple locations. Skills to analyze and reconcile large volumes of financial data.
Problem-solving and analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to gather relevant data, perform analyses, identify trends, and make recommendations to resolve accounting issues.
Demonstrated ability to analyze, translate, document, and implement new and/or revised complex accounting pronouncements issued by GASB, as well as standard accounting procedures. Ability to interpret conflicting regulations and determine order of precedence in application.
Experience and demonstrated skills using PC-based tools and online financial systems to perform transactions, monitor financial status, query, analyze and forecast financial data, and prepare management level reports. Ability to use financial tools to improve processes.
Meticulous attention to detail as demonstrated by the ability to consistently prepare and review financial transactions, ensuring correct coding of data and discerning data anomalies with a high degree of accuracy.
Excellent verbal and written skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate ideas and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Ability to effectively communicate complex policies and procedures.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and other staff members at UCOP and campus locations, and to respond positively and proactively to customer service needs and problems.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
Demonstrated organizational skills including ability to efficiently prioritize workload to meet deadlines in an environment of multiple projects and changing priorities.
Proficiency with MS Office Suite and other standard office applications.
Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or related area and at least six years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience.
May occasionally be required to travel and work outside of normal schedule.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
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