Accounting Specialist

$43,199 - $45,996 yearly
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Jun 29, 2022
Full time Admin-Clerical

Job Description

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Accounting Specialist
Department Humanities & Social Sciences
FTE 1.0
FLSA Exempt
Job Type Full-Time
Job EEO Category Executive/Administrative/Managerial
UNC Background
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students – this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next ten years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

    • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
    • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
    • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
    • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado’s future.
    • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.


As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Physical Demands
Frequently required to sit and concentrate for long periods of time. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Job Summary
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley seeks an Accounting Specialist that will serve as the accounting liaison for the College and the offices of General Accounting and Purchasing & Contracts. The HSS Accounting Specialist will be responsible for processing accounting and purchasing & contracts related transactions for faculty, staff, and students. Accounting Specialists must be familiar with the specific processes and procedures related to: travel, procurement cards, procurement card reallocations, fund approvals, purchase orders, check/ACH requests, invoices, journal entries, and deposits.
The successful candidate will analyze, monitor, reconcile and produce reports for departmental funds, to include journal entries. FOAPS may include state, grant, and matching funds, faculty development, grants & research, IDC recovery, research incentive, cash funds, and Foundation funds. Handle duties related to Fiscal Year End closing for the unit.

The Accounting Specialist must know or have the ability to quickly learn all software systems used by accounting, accounts payable, and the budget office in order to efficiently perform their responsibilities. Systems include Banner, Insight, and Xtender. The ability to utilize these systems and review reports allows this individual to accurately identify and correct accounting and budgeting issues.

This position will track and reallocate procurement cards/purchases for all p-card holders in the unit. Serve as unit representative responsible for the control and integrity of the program. Process all related travel transactions and ensure unit travelers follow fiscal and University policies and processes.

The Accounting Specialist will be the primary point of contact for handling various forms related to accounting and purchasing, including purchase orders, invoices, check/ACH requests, moving expenses, and food and alcohol forms.

The Accounting Specialist will record, track and analyze transactions using Banner, spreadsheets, and other accounting software. Compile monthly reports and track budget items. Process financial transactions: DPOs, EIOs, Purchase Orders, check/ACH requests, deposits, cash advances, and petty cash.

Serve as the initial point of contact for items such as contracts, MOUs, sales, intergovernmental agreements, etc. Liaise with Purchasing & Contracts as needed to ensure contracts and MOUs are prepared and executed according to University guidelines.

Excellent communication skills and personal initiative are essential. The successful applicant will have familiarity with a variety of office software programs including MS Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher). The employee should be able to acquire skills with additional software programs that may be required for office use. The ability to interact with diverse faculty, students, and staff with consistent professional courtesy and attention is important, as is the ability to represent the Accounting operations of the College both to the academic community and to the general public. Effective and correct communication skills in speaking and writing are required. Consistent and accurate attention to detail is likewise a necessary ability for successful completion of tasks in this position. Good technical skills with database software are highly desirable, as well as familiarity with the structure and culture of higher education.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences values equity, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from diverse backgrounds to apply. We are learning and growing together to create an inclusive campus community. The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer.
Organizational Location University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number E01549
Position Number E99110
Desired Start Date 08/01/2022
Open Date 06/27/2022
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants need to submit an online application and attach a cover letter and resume and three professional references with contact information electronically. Questions should be directed to Deborah Lewis, deborah.lewis@unco.edu
Salary and Benefits
Salary range is $43,199-$45,996. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements and Information
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of References

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree required. Substitution: Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-to-year basis.

Minimum of two years of progressively responsible, related experience: Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-to-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in higher education is preferred.

Occupations

Administrative Support, Bookkeeping

Salary Information

$43,199-$45,996