Job Information

University of Utah Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/04/2022

Requisition Number PRN30029B

Job Title Accountant

Working Title Accountant

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00081 - College of Humanities-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range depends on experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The College of Humanities and Department of Communication seek an experienced accounting professional with a work record of reliability and accuracy, who possesses excellent communication skills, and is accustomed to working collaboratively in a team setting. The accountant maintains and reconciles ledgers and accounts, prepares reports and financial statements.

Our office is a hybrid work environment working three days in person and two days remotely.

“The College of Humanities fosters a positive work environment – coming from firsthand experience, it’s a great place to work and the people are wonderful!”- Kailey Tetrick, HR Specialist, University of Utah

Benefits : The value of being an employee at the University of Utah goes far beyond your base salary, so we encourage you to carefully consider and compare our total package offer.

1.Health, dental, and wellness coverage (\_wellness.php)

2. Automatic and immediately vested14.2% employer contribution (\_401aPlan.php) to personal retirement account (401a)

3. Freepublic transportation pass ( (Utah Transit Authority)

4.Paid leave time (

5.Tuition reduction for employee and family members (



Essential Functions

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

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

3. Analyzes and forecasts 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. Monitors and oversees faculty research accounts and provides support to faculty in purchasing, grant cost transfers, and University management report review processes.

9. Trains and assists as back-up to administrative staff in management and processing of department financial processes including: purchasing card, reimbursements, payment requests, travel, and other various university purchasing methods.

10. Completes internal transfers within the University’s system. Confirms promised revenue, transfers, and complete transactions of department financial commitments.

11. Assists in payroll accounting for faculty, graduate students, staff, and associate instructors.

12. Provides reports and recommendations to the department chair that promote and help obtain department goals.

Problem Solving

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 judgment in reaching a solution. The accountant is expected to recommend changes to accounting based procedures based upon analysis performed and specialized knowledge.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

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.


Accounting experience preferred, though applicants with administrative work experience that meet the minimum qualifications will also be considered

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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