University of Utah Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/16/2017

Requisition Number PRN14247B

Job Title Accountant

Working Title Accountant

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours per week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday to Friday; between 8 am to 5 pm; additional hours may be required

VP Area President

Department 00428 - UIT - Network & Comm. Srvs

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $31,600 to $58,400 DOE

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Maintains and reconciles ledgers and accounts according to generally accepted accounting principles. Prepares and analyzes financial information, prepares reports and financial statements based upon derived statistics and analysis performed.

The Accountant reports to the Finance Manager.

Located in Salt Lake City, in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the State of Utah’s system of higher education and a member of thePAC-12 Conference. Salt Lake City combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area of more than one million people with the friendliness and ease of living of a small, Western city. Seven major ski resorts are within an hour’s drive from campus, and opportunities to pursue activities from biking to hiking to fishing abound. Salt Lake is also home to the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Utah Ballet, several professional sports teams, and a wide range of other cultural and recreational activities.

University Information Technology, the central IT service provider for campus, reports to the Chief Information Officer and is responsible for many of the University of Utah’s most critical common IT resources including the campus network; the Campus Information Services (CIS) portal; UMail, telephone, and online collaboration services; high performance and research computing; information security; teaching and learning technologies; software licensing; and a host of other systems and applications. For more information aboutUITvisit


The following information is intended to be representative of the essential functions that are performed by incumbents in this classification, and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific task, or function will not preclude it from the class if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of class responsibilities.

1.Prepares and assesses budget, revenue, expense, journal entries, and other accounting documents.

2.Analyzes and monitors budgets and expenditures for compliance with fiscal accountability and reporting requirements.

3.Analyzes revenue and expenditure trends.

4.Reconciles balance sheets, cash, general ledger, payroll accounts and supporting journal entries.

5.Develops accounting systems and documents to support the input and handling of financial data and reports.

6.Interacts with internal and external auditors and participates in auditing projects.

7.Maintains rate cards forUIT.

8.Prepares reports for Property Accounting. Prepares paperwork involving transfers, retirements, additions, etc. Works with Property Accounting to resolve inventory problems and questions

9.Updates inventory spreadsheets and conducts annual equipment inventory

10.Maintains inventory forms for off-site equipment. Reconciles capital and insurable inventory expenditures to total on monthly management report.

11.Serves as accounting liaison for assigned departments. Answers questions, corrects errors, resolves accounting related issues and provides financial or other information as requested.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Ability to interpret and apply Federal and State fiscal regulations.

2. Ability to analyze and correct financial problems and bookkeeping errors.

3.Ability to prepare interpretive or analytical accounting or financial statements and reports.

4.Knowledge of governmental accounting methods, procedures, and financial practices.

5. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public or departmental personnel.


This position requires the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles, federal cost accounting regulations and University policies and procedures to a variety of situations. The incumbent must be able to interpret complex policies and effectively communicate the information in an easily understood manner. The incumbent is required to provide analysis of each situation and use professional judgement in reaching a solution. The Accountant is expected to recommend changes to accounting based procedures based upon analysis performed and specialized knowledge.

Challenges encountered by employees in this position include communicating effectively with various University departments. Reports prepared must be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and federal, state and University policies and procedures.


The Accountant has the authority to independently plan and prioritize projects and to conduct research and take the necessary corrective actions. This position will supervise an associate accountant.

This position has the authority to analyze, document and report the financial stability or instability of accounts using generally accepted accounting principles. Day-to-day work is performed independently by following established procedures and regulations. Assignments are received with general instructions on desired results but without specific instruction on methods.


Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field, plus one year related experience or equivalency required. A thorough understanding of general ledger accounting practices, cost analysis and accounting principles, as well as demonstrated analytical, problem solving, human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Knowledge of PeopleSoft or Access databases may be preferred in some areas.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.