The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous evidence to inform policies and programs to combat poverty, inequality, and their effects in the United States.
The Accountant II will function under the general supervision of the Administrative Associate Director. This position will prepare, review, and conduct complex financial processes. This position requires understanding of numerous campus policies and procedures. The Accountant II will assist with post-award reporting processes, procurement transactions, budgeting, and payroll. The person in this position serves as a primary point of contact for IRP on financial matters and must have excellent customer service skills. Candidates with academic fiscal services and/or payroll experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Performs advanced accounting duties following generally accepted accounting principles and procedures. Prepares and reviews financial reports and assists with budgeting. Ensures the accurate recording and reporting of the business unit's financial transactions.
10% Organizes, prepares, and updates financial statements, monthly and year-end journal entries, accounts, ledgers, and reports for various financial needs within an automated financial system to ensure accurate recording and reporting of financial transactions
20% Prepares and analyzes financial data, reports and records, identifies discrepancies, investigates, recommends, and implements solutions as needed
15% Develops and maintains automated financial systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity
10% Assists with accounting and reviewing reconciliations, journal entries, schedules, and reports
5% Provides and prepares budgets and projections based on existing data and established policies and procedures
10% Answers questions and provides accounting related information to internal and external stakeholders according to established policies and procedures
10% Prepares and/or approves financial transactions and payments
20% Coordinates and manages payroll and benefits activities for the unit, ensuring compliance with Division and University policies.
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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
-1 year experience in University Research Administration and/or Payroll Setting, UW experience preferred -Ability to maintain confidential records, documentation and communication. -Ability to work independently and meet recurring Institute, Division and Campus deadlines. -Excellent verbal and written communication skills. -Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with diverse faculty, affiliates, staff, and students, and University and College administration. -Ability to remain highly organized, attend to detail, and manage a wide variety of diverse tasks. -Ability to engage in independent and creative problem solving
This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $42,600 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications The ideal hiring salary for this position will be between $50,000 to $70,000 for experienced candidates. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.
How to Apply:
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To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.
Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.