Accountant, Senior

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Tucson, ARIZONA

Position Details

Position Information

Title Accountant, Senior
Department Libraries - Administration (1701)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University Libraries Business Center seeks a Senior Accountant who thrives in a collaborative work environment, has a strong work ethic and exercises creativity in fulfilling assigned duties. The Senior Accountant provides financial management support for a $13,000,000 library materials budget, carrying out duties in accordance with established accounting principles, procedures, and objectives. The incumbent reconciles, analyzes, and prepares various financial reports, and assists in managing and reconciling a variety of university funds (state, grant, gifts, and auxiliary) with an emphasis on purchasing and budgeting. This position requires sensitivity in maintaining confidential information, an ability to effectively assess and respond to customer needs, and a collaborative work style for completing assignments of a varied and diverse nature. This position reports to the Accounting Manager and works closely with the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in managing the libraries accounts.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assists Accounting Manager in the development of account management structures and budget loads, including account/transaction coding and assignment of funding; authorizes and approves expenditures; approves and/or prepares various financial documents, including invoice preparation for rendered library services; determines funding and expenditure decisions based on budget projections; advises on compliance with Libraries and University policies and procedures and industry best practices; reconciles financial transactions monthly to ensure proper coding of transactions using established Libraries account management structures.
  • Assists Accounting Manager in developing, producing and analyzing a variety of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to provide an accurate and transparent picture of the Libraries’ financial position for various audiences. Works with various stakeholders to supply appropriate reports and analytical tools for budget forecasting.
  • Prepares budget recommendations for assigned work unit and monitors or administers budget throughout the year.
  • Adjusts to changing needs of university and libraries operations or need to provide specialized or individualized reports.
  • Trains staff and student employees and manages performance.
  • Reviews accounting and reporting systems, procedures and completed assignments of other staff to ensure compliance with university or outside agency regulations.
  • Works to develop rapport and effective working relationships with other departments and staff in the Libraries, demonstrating the Libraries organizational values.
  • Keeps up-to-date on any relevant University policies and procedures. Recommends, establishes or revises departmental procedures or operating policies; updates related departmental manuals.
  • Assists with special, departmental or library-wide initiatives or projects, including those of a complex nature.
  • Participates in the review and redesign of work processes for streamlining and effectiveness.
  • Provides back-up support for department staff during absences.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and procedures, including those specific to the University of Arizona.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to successfully develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and customers.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to use good judgement and solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, responding positively to unanticipated changes.
  • Excellent Initiative, organizational, time management, and follow through skills.
  • Optimistic, flexible, can-do attitude.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize workload.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications and ability to acquire new software skills.
  • Knowledge of Library Services Platforms or other library resource management systems.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High level of proficiency using Microsoft Excel (i.e. ability to create pivot tables and complex formulas).
  • Proven skills in financial analysis and decision-making.
  • Proven skills in applying budgetary and financial management practices and principles.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting AND three years of professional accounting experience; OR, Seven years progressively responsible and diverse accounting experience and coursework which included at least three years professional accounting in which a broad exposure to all areas of accounting and accounting principles, practices and procedures was acquired; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and the ability to work independently with minimal direction and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated proficiency working with UAccess Financials, Analytics, and Employee systems.
  • Proven ability in preparing financial reports and performing independent analyses, presenting data, and making recommendations in a variety of formats, including written narrative analyses, charts, graphs, etc.
  • Experience working with a Library Services Platform or other library resource management system.
  • Experience providing training and performance management.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $45,000-$55,000
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S27304
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 06/17/2019
Review Start Date 07/01/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant

In your cover letter, please describe how your qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.

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At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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