The Accountant will join a team of six other professionals in the L&S Business Office to perform highly responsible professional accounting requiring the knowledge and application of accounting theories and principles for UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science. This position involves a broad variety of complex fiscal management, accounting, and auditing activities; is responsible for interpreting policies, procedures and guidelines while working with Campus Central Offices. This position also assists with training departmental faculty and staff in the College.
The College of Letters & Science offers a broad liberal arts and sciences education with complex organizational structure with projects on eleven funds and six activities with expenditures exceeding $170 million (over $28 million related to non-salary expenditures) and over 2100 UW-Foundation Funds with approximately $50M in cash.
This position will be housed in the L&S Dean's Business office in South Hall.
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.
5% 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
10% Prepares and analyzes financial data, reports and records, identifies discrepancies, investigates, recommends, and implements solutions as needed
10% 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
25% Answers questions and provides accounting related information to internal and external stakeholders according to established policies and procedures
35% Prepares and/or approves financial transactions and payments
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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.
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Preferred Associate's Degree Degree in Accounting, Finance preferred but not required.
Required: - Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). - Knowledge of computer applications, automated data analysis and data entry techniques. - Excellent organizational and time management skills. - Demonstrated computer expertise with a variety of software programs. - Experience interpreting and analyzing financial data.
Preferred: - Knowledge of University, State, Federal and/or Nonfederal rules and regulations. - Thorough knowledge of UW and State of Wisconsin budgeting and appropriation regulations and processes; regulations and restrictions on variety of account types such as revenue, gift, GPR, UW Foundation Endowments and restricted funds, UW Trust funds, Federal grants, interagency agreements, contracts, etc. - Familiarity with University systems such as WISER, HRS, JET, ShopUW+ and e-Reimbursement. - Advanced working knowledge of the full Microsoft Office Suite strongly preferred.
Full Time: 100%
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 typical starting salary for this position is $42,600 - $60,800 depending on qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is $42,600 - $79,000. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and saving accounts; and retirement benefits.
How to Apply:
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You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should be limited to two pages. Please address the following in your cover letter:
Your experience working in accounting and financial data
Your experience with computer applications, data analysis and data entry techniques
Your experience working with multiple stakeholders
How you prioritize and manage multiple deadlines
Selected applicants will be invited to participate in in-person interviews at UW-Madison. References will be requested after the in-person interviews and will not be contacted without advance notice. Onboarding and training will be onsite and in-person for the first 3 to 6 months.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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).
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