Job Information

University of Utah Business Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 05/28/2021

Requisition Number PRN26319B

Job Title Sr Accountant

Working Title Business Accountant

Job Grade E

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

Monday-Friday, between 8am-5pm

Some evenings and weekends may be required.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00338 - University Press

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $48,000-55,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

We seek an accountant with a strong record in keeping accurate general ledger books with scrupulous attention to all financial details, who will find their involvement in the financial management of a university press an exciting and intellectually stimulating position. The Press is located in the Marriott Library, at the heart of the U of U campus, and publishes up to thirty new titles annually in such varied disciplines as archaeology and anthropology, American Indian studies, Mormon studies, folklore, western history, environmental studies, natural history, nature writing, creative nonfiction, poetry, and linguistics. The work is challenging, requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, demands close attention to detail and a flair for organization and scheduling, and is rewarding for those who are curious about the world of print and electronic publishing. This position works collegially with all members of the Press staff and is essential to long-term financial planning. The successful applicant will also join the larger community of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) business and finance professionals, with the opportunity to attend the annual financial officers meeting.

We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We especially invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.


The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

Responsible for all financial matters of the university press, working in close association with the press director. This includes working with sales and royalties reports from the Chicago Distribution Center ( CDC ); sales tax reports; commission payments to sales reps; “releasing” new titles when they arrive at CDC from the printer, including calculating unit cost; creating sales reports after conferences and paying sales tax (includes applying for sales tax permits prior to conferences); creating balance sheets, income statements, annual budget, and travel budget; maintaining insurance certificate for CDC ; creating and maintaining title budgets and P&L statements for individual books.

An equally essential function is accurate reporting to the university (many reports are done on a monthly basis), including journal entries for sales, cost of sales, etc. This position also reconciles all purchase card activity, creates annual purchase orders and maintains sufficient funds for paying vendors, freelancer independent contractors, etc.; completes fiscal-year-end closing reports; handles all departmental deposits.

Annually (a few are semiannual), puts together all royalties statements as reported by CDC sales or from permission or rights-sales income. Includes balancing royalties, obtaining W-9s or W-8BENs from authors, doing check requests for royalty payments, and sending royalty statements to authors. Requires scrupulous attention to detail.

Other tasks include completing AUPresses financial reports; copyright permissions; booking departmental travel and submiting reimbursement paperwork; monitoring excess inventory and scheduling quarterly meetings; maintaining write-down schedules for all publications; sending out comp lists for each book upon publication; maintaining paperwork for PCI requirements; participating in annual purchase card audit; keeping up to date on all university-required training as required for specific duties.

Other duties as necessary.

Attendance at the annual AUPresses Financial Officers Meeting is encouraged.

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.


Applicants must have a strong background in cost accounting and keeping an accurate general ledger. Those with a knowledge of publishing and, especially, familiarity working with the Chicago Distribution Center, will be given preference in application review.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

All applications received by June 13, 2021 will receive full consideration.

This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected.

When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.

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


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( 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.