Job Information

University of Utah Expense Accounting Coordinator in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 05/17/2021

Requisition Number PRN26154B

Job Title Accountant

Working Title Expense Accounting Coordinator

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

Typically M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. This position has ability for a hybrid telecommuting schedule. Learn more

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00018 - Utah Museum of Natl Hist Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 35,000 to 40,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

At the Natural History Museum of Utah, we recognize that our strength and sustainability as an organization stem from diversity and inclusion. For this reason, we are committed to fostering equity, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and empowering staff members in developing an accessible and inclusive work environment.

We also place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. We believe that everyone at NHMU , at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Therefore, all staff members receive ongoing training and are expected to consistently contribute to creating exceptional, memorable, and inclusive experiences for our guests, partners, and the community.

The Natural History Museum of Utah ( NHMU ) is hiring an Expense Accounting Coordinator to coordinate accounting for expenses for our organization. This individual will be responsible for:

• Overseeing the use of procurement cards for approximately 60 staff members

• Managing the entire life cycle for contract and payment documents within NHMU

• Making timely, accurate submissions of documents for payments to vendors

• Interfacing with multiple University of Utah departments to assure accuracy, compliance, and timely payments

• Assisting colleagues in the coordination of business travel

• Preparing general journal entries and other documents to make corrections when needed

• Serving as an information resource for colleagues who need assistance with University of Utah procurement policies and procedures

This position will be considered a hybrid telework position. An employee hired into this role will establish a mutually agreed schedule with some time worked physically at the Natural History Museum of Utah and some time worked remotely. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, 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.


•Processes and submits for approval all payable documents for NHMU , using University-provided resources (ePR and Ushop). Provides timely follow up on any document that is returned for any reason.

•Reallocates all purchase card transactions and manages paper purchase card processes (receipts, statements, signatures). Personally follows up with staff members delinquent in their recordkeeping responsibilities.

•Manages the contracting process, including signature gathering, paperwork review, and submissions to Ushop. Interfaces with vendors to assure a smooth process, clear understanding, and appropriate expectations for doing business with the University.

•Acts as primary point of contact for Concur at NHMU , and assists staff in submitting travel expenses through the appropriate U of U channel.

•Coordinates quarterly meetings between the CFO and any staff member who is the PI of an active research grant to assure that all project expenses are being properly accounted for and that the project is progressing toward an on-time, on-budget completion.

•Processes general journal entries making basic corrections to accounting data when needed.

•Serves as initial resource for staff questions on U of U procurement best practice and policy.

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.


The successful candidate will have a background managing documentation and interfacing with complex bureaucracies. They will need at least a basic understanding of accounting principles and procedures. They will possess a strong customer service ethic and a patient attitude toward coworkers who are learning to observe proper procedures. They will also have the ability to communicate sometimes complex rules and procedures to laypeople in clear spoken and written English.

This position may be ideal for someone with an associate’s degree and 5 years of experience, or no degree and extensive experience in a bureaucratic environment.

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”). 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.