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Accountant, Senior

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Accountant, Senior
Department Planning Design & Construction (9202)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Planning, Design and Construction provides excellent services to University Departments through comprehensive planning, design excellence, quality construction, and managing real estate and space portfolios. The Accountant position is an integral part of the team of architects, engineers, project managers and financial and administrative support which supports the mission and goals of the department.

The successful candidate should enjoy working in a team environment and have strong analytical and organizational skills, attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy, and excellent judgment. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Business Services and requires the ability to work independently, set priorities, handle multiple tasks, determine the best approach or action based on policies, practices, guidelines and procedures and a working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

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


  • Review, process and follow up on financial documents and transactions for over 100 plant fund accounts assuring completeness, accuracy and appropriate use of funds within budget spending authority.
  • Plan, organize and manage the financial transactions of real estate leases.
  • Reconcile financial statements to ensure compliance to department, University, State and Federal policies and procedures.
  • Analyze transactions and reports to ensure compliance with accounting principles and University regulations and make general interpretations and recommendations.
  • Prepare biweekly revenue and time billing reports.
  • Prepare specialized and complex financial reports, statements or analyses as directed by Assistant Director, Business Services.
  • Monitor accurate, audible accounting records of capital projects in both electronic and physical files.
  • Review and approve payroll records and submittals while observing time constraints as required by the University and department.
  • Serve as the department Payroll Representative responding to requests for information while maintaining confidentiality and using knowledge of department and University policies.
  • Advise the staff regarding acceptable accounting and procurement procedures and methods using knowledge of departmental and University policies and procedures.
  • Positively interact with department staff and other campus units, including Financial Services Office, Budget Office, Purchasing & Procurement, Facilities Management and UITS.
  • Collaborate with department HR coordinator on payroll issues to ensure smooth transitions for hiring, terminations, job changes and other employee-related actions.
  • Recommend and assist in implementing changes to policy or procedure to improve operations and activities related to Business Services
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to requests for records and information pertaining to assigned areas.
  • Work under own initiative and apply appropriate judgment in decision making within limits of authority.


  • Supervise, train, evaluate and assign duties to student interns.
  • Assist with the department’s vehicle maintenance and service parking permits, taking appropriate action to ensure that vehicles remain in a safe, working condition.
  • Assist Assistant Director, Business Services with special projects as directed.


  • Contribute positive input to efforts such as Search Committees and Process Improvement Teams.
  • Participate in the Cross Training / Support Staff team providing pertinent information and recent updates in procurement and accounting policies and procedures.


  • Act as an ambassador of the department and the University by promoting a positive image through courtesy, professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Build positive, long-term working relationships through respect, cooperation, trust, and appropriate communications.
  • Participate as an effective team member by contributing ideas, encouraging others and supporting team decisions.
  • Develop and improve processes, resources, standards, and professional and personal skills.
  • Act as a valued resource; lead in areas of expertise; and share lessons-learned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Proven ability to work as a cooperative team player and communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse groups.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, take initiative and be self-motivated.
  • Excellent communication, time management, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of accounting practices, procedures and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Proficient with MS Office Excel, Word and Outlook.
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
  • Knowledge of UA policies and procedures and systems: Financials, Analytics, UAccess, Human Resources.
  • Competent knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Experience with cost accounting and plant fund accounting.
  • Experience with procurement policies and procedures.
  • Experience using project costing database programs.
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 $43,000 - $45,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S23462
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Melissa Dryden

Open Date 06/09/2017
Review Start Date 06/26/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a 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?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents