Job Information

University of Utah Sr Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/15/2023

Requisition Number PRN35406B

Job Title Sr Accountant

Working Title Sr 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

VP Area President

Department 00307 - Housing & Residential Educ

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $52,000 - $56,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Sr Accountant performs complex accounting tasks such as preparing financial statements including balance sheets, cash flow statements and IRS reports. Reviews and analyzes general ledger account balances. Provides guidance to lower level accounting personnel.

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a public, 4-year institution committed to providing an exceptional academic and co-curricular experience for students and the University community. The “U” is a PAC -12 institution with over 33,000 students. Heritage Commons is home to 2,800 students who live in the 2002 Winter Olympic athlete village, residing in 20 co-ed residence halls and 10 apartment buildings. In addition, Housing & Residential Education has two apartment buildings located in downtown Salt Lake City that constitute Downtown Commons. Heritage Commons constitutes 868K square feet and Downtown Commons is 26K square feet. HRE is growing with a 309 bed Honors Living Learning complex (161K square feet) that opened August 2012 and additional 400 bed Entrepreneur-Innovation Living Learning complex (150K square feet) opening August 2016. The University Housing Campus Master plan calls for continued growth and construction to meet the housing demand.

Housing & Residential Education and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with the team and with the residents.

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Budget & Finance.

A successful background check is required before a formal offer of employment can be made for this position.


Accounts Receivable

1. Manage day-to-day Accounts Receivable operations.

A. Add student meal and room plan charges

B. Audit application, reservation, and other fees

C. Audit waivers

2. Participate on HRE Contract Appeals Committee.

3. Work closely with other campus departments regarding student account changes.

4. Reconcile Accounts Receivable accounts to verify accuracy between HRE and university financial reports.

A. Management Report Reconciliation

B. Credit Card Reconciliations

C. Bursar’s Office Reconciliations

5. Preparation of journal entries as needed.

6. Manage student meal plans, responsibilities include: adding, changing, removing, flex dollar adjustments, and reconciliation with Dining Services.

7. Process invoicing and payments related to third party groups and school clubs renting conference spaces in many Housing & Residential Education buildings.

8. Resolve conflicts concerning student accounts; work with front desk staff to resolve issues.


1. Assist with input of monthly period closing report numbers as needed.

2. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related filed, 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 are required.

2. Ability to understand, and apply University departmental regulations in workplace.

3. Ability to work effectively in a diverse environment.

4. Excellent organizational skills.

5. Ability to accurately analyze information, situations, and procedures.

6. Experience in writing business correspondence and operating procedures.

7. Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, university officials, and vendors in diverse university setting.

8. Working knowledge of various software packages (including Excel spreadsheets, word processing and e-mail).

9. Ability to work a modified schedule as needed.


1. Experience working with StarRez and/or PeopleSoft software.

2. Experience working within a college / university setting.

3. Experience working with Atrium or other meal plan databases such as CS Gold or Blackboard.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Priority Review Date: June 30th

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

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. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.