University of Utah Sr Accountant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/18/2018

Requisition Number PRN17538B

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 Academic Affairs

Department 00294 - Financial Aid

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $37,900-$47,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Performs complex accounting task such as preparing financial statements including balance sheets, cash flow statements, and federal/state reporting. Reviews and analyzes general ledger account balances. Manages the reconciliation of accounts, forecast and does financial planning for all Financial Aid and scholarship accounts.


1. Reconciles University bank accounts to University books and identifies variances so that corrections can be made.

2. Reconciles external scholar ship data with University data and resolves discrepancies. Reconciles Federal Pell grant and Direct loan program with University data and resolves discrepancies.

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

4. Assist client departments with year-end closing to ensure adjustments and accrual ls are properly recorded.

5. Interprets policies and recommends internal controls.

6. Oversees reconciliation of all accounts for which the Executive Director ofUOSFAis principle investigator.

7. Oversees the tracking of student billing and paybacks for Financial Aid and scholarships which has been over awarded.

Problem Solving:

The Senior Accountant applies accounting standards, state 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 Senior Accountant has the authority to independently plan and prioritize projects and to conduct research and take the necessary corrective actions. The incumbent has the authority to advise client departments on accounting issues. Assigns accounting codes and maintains integrity in all accounting procedures between University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Income Accounting and Research Accounting. The senior accountant reports to the Executive Director of University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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.


Thorough knowledge of Federal Financial aid and scholarships reconciliation and reporting requirements.

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.