University of Utah Sr Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/16/2017

Requisition Number PRN14525B

Job Title Sr Accountant

Working Title Sr Accountant

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

VP Area Health Sciences

Department 00930 - Obstetrics/Gynecology Dept Op

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 64349

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Performs complex accounting tasks such as preparing financial statements including balance sheets, cash flow statements andIRSreports. Reviews and analyzes general ledger account balances. Provides guidance to lower level accounting personnel. Reports to the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, Director of Accounting and Finance.


1.Prepares and assesses financial statements and reports, budgets, cash flow statements, pro forma reports, exception reports and federally required reports.

2.Reconciles project and activity transactions and balances to internal financial systems; and identifies variances so that corrections can be made.

3.Reconciles external financial data with University data and resolves discrepancies.

4.Drafts financial statements for University and University units that are subject to independent audit. Acts as a liaison between University management and auditors to facilitate resolution of issues.

5.Reviews large transactions for accuracy, sufficient funding and proper approvals.

6.Generates journals for distribution of clinical funds into accounting system. Audits, edits and corrects journals to ensure accuracy.

7.Assists client groups with year-end closing to ensure adjustments and accruals are properly recorded.

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

9.Writes queries and macros, and develops department databases.

10.Interprets policies and recommends internal controls.

11.Participates within a multidisciplinary team across multiple locations. Develops and maintains effective and collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of internal/external colleagues and customers.

12.Supervises or provides guidance to lower level accountants.

Problem Solving

The Senior Accountant applies accounting standards, state/federal laws and regulations, and University policies and procedures to specific situations and interprets these regulations and principles for others. He or she also advises others on accounting for non-standard transactions. The incumbent must be able to interpret complex policies and effectively communicate the information in an easily understood manner.

The Senior Accountant has the authority to independently plan and prioritize projects and to conduct research and take the necessary corrective actions. The incumbent is required to provide analysis of each situation and use professional judgement in reaching a solution. The incumbent is expected to recommend changes to accounting based procedures based upon analysis performed and specialized knowledge. The incumbent has the authority to advise client departments on accounting issues.

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 or equivalency, plus two years professional accounting experience. Also required are a thorough knowledge of established accounting principles and practices, knowledge of accounting software, advanced spreadsheet skills, the ability to write queries and macros and demonstrated analytical, problem solving, human relations and effective communication skills.

Certifications as a Certified Public Accountant may be preferred for certain positions.


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.