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Specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position.
Outline your skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Include your current or ending salary.
Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. For over 55 years, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan's public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare and other non-profit organizations.
The Finance and Administration Department at Merit Network consists of talented, enthusiastic people who are at Merit because they believe in Merit's mission, and because they enjoy what they do. Finance and Administration is guided by Merit values and is committed to making a difference in Merit and the communities served by Merit. As a part of Finance and Administration, the Finance team provides high-quality analysis to Merit management and assists both Merit staff and membership with financial inquiries, requests and reports.
Reporting to Merit's Controller, you will be responsible for accounts receivable processing, reviewing customer receivable set ups, invoicing, collections, reconciling, improvement of internal controls and processes, and assisting with accounts payable and other tasks to support departmental accounting needs.
Essential Functions for this position are followed by an (E). As the Accountant Associate, this position's key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Review for correct receivable setup for assigned Members and follow up with any unresolved items before system activation (E)
Invoice assigned Members monthly, quarterly or annually, as required (E)
Make collections calls on overdue invoices (E)
Answer questions from Members regarding billing (E)
Record payments received (E)
Update member portals (E)
Assist with grant management, including tracking and invoicing (E)
Help improve internal controls and streamlining processes (E)
Follow all Merit Network and UM procedures for financial best practices (E)
Reconcile income statement lines for all assigned department and grants (E)
Manage financial aspects of assigned departments and grants, working with the expense authorizer and other team members to ensure appropriate revenue and expense classifications (E)
Assist with preparing purchase orders and gathering necessary approvals for vendor and/or internal use
Confirm that equipment/supplies ordered match packing slips
Assist with creating payment requests for vendor invoices as needed
Review payment requests, purchase orders and other expense documentation for adherence to both Merit and University of Michigan requirements
Analyze and compile financial information for general ledger entries
Provide financial information to external customers and vendors
Follow all Merit Network and UM procedures for financial best practices (E)
Other ad-hoc responsibilities as assigned
Please note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities or responsibilities that are required of you for this job. Responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting or Finance, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Two years of Accounting/Finance related experience
Strong Excel skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Critical thinking and analytical skills
Ability to contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a productive team
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with employees at all levels within the organization
Ability to work independently and also work well within a team environment
Ability to have several projects in progress at the same time, with the ability to report out on projects in process when information is requested
Familiarity with using NetSuite, M-Pathways and Concur
Processing ad hoc queries from the data warehouse and NetSuite
Knowledge of university policies, procedures and regulations, and of the university administrative and functional organization
Experience with Accounts Receivable, grants, contracts and/or portals (foreign and domestic)
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Supervisory Responsibility: You will have no supervisory responsibilities.
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional environment. You will use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee (with or without accommodations) to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Employee must frequently work at computer station, answer telephone calls, emails, and/or other forms of customer/client communication. Employee may on occasion be required to move items of various sizes and weights throughout the office or building.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time position. A hybrid work schedule will be determined by supervisor and may change if necessary. There may be some occasional work required outside of established schedule, which may include weekends and holidays. Typical work schedule is 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday for most staff.
Travel: Travel may be required.
The University of Michigan/Merit Network conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
If you need assistance completing this application, please call (734) 615-2000, option 1
Merit Network Inc. serves the research, education and public sector communities as a trusted and valued partner. Merit advances member success, research, economic development, collaboration, and professional development by leveraging its network infrastructure, expertise and the value of its member communities.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely and temporary workers. More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.