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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The CU Book Store accounting department exists to carry out the accounting support functions for the Book Store, in addition to the Testing and Assessment Center and Imaging Services. It includes clerical support, accounts payables and receivables, general financial reporting, cash control, point-of-sale processing, account reconciliation and any other financial activities in a timely manner, while following federal, state and university rules and regulations and complying with generally accepted accounting principles.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The CU Book Store, owned and operated by the University of Colorado Boulder is your official store for CU merchandise. By shopping at the store that caters to the special needs of a university community, your dollars stay on campus to further the work of this nationally recognized institution.

The CU Book Store offers a convenient place for students to prepare for classes with a large textbook department featuring rental, used and new textbooks as well as custom published materials and required course supplies. You can also find a full range of office products and school supplies to support your academic and professional pursuits.

Past, present and future students, as well as CU fans of all ages, will enjoy shopping the largest custom selection of official CU insignia clothing and gifts on display in our clothing and gift department. You can also shop online anytime and have those special items delivered right to your door!

Computer novices to techies will find what they are looking for in the technology department of the CU Book Store. We understand the academic needs and facility restrictions at CU and are happy to help you select the appropriate hardware, software and accessories that will enhance your efforts. Special academic pricing is available on laptop and personal computer systems and software licenses. Computer accessories are displayed here to help you get connected now!

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Budgetary Analysis & Support:
  • Monitor and adjust the budget model based on projected operating expenditures and projected revenues, in collaboration with CUBS department managers and Director. 
  • Provide financial oversight and analysis of operations and related projects and recommend courses of action that comply with campus and departmental policies. 
  • Monitor CUBS, IS, TAC and other SpeedTypes for accuracy and appropriateness of an activity. 
  • Monitor and evaluate revenues, expenses, and encumbrances against budgets and historical operating data. 
  • Present the financial status of operating budgets at CUBS Leadership management team meetings and prepare topics of discussion related to maintaining the accuracy of financial data. 
  • Reconcile and maintain capital equipment renewal and replacement schedule, in coordination with CUBS IT department, and advise management on planning annual spending. 
  • Month-end close and correcting journal entries for assigned units. Fiscal year-end close entries for assigned units. 
  • Reconcile monthly balance sheet account for assigned units. 
  • Prepare regular financial reports for internal department use and provide information to other campus departments, as needed. 
  • Prepare timely and reliable reports to advise management of the current and projected financial conditions. 
  • Analyze report data to identify unusual transaction activity, research causes, and provide explanations to management. 
  • Utilize various accounting and reporting systems, as well as Microsoft Excel, to effectively reconcile reporting data. 
  • Provide ad hoc reporting and analysis as requested by management that will clarify the financial impacts of complex operating issues.
Budget Development:
  • Support the department’s annual budget by analyzing revenues and expenditures to provide guidance for establishing appropriate budgets. 
  • Train managers to understand and clarify the impacts of operational changes. 
  • Prepare analyses of cost center budgets about changes in the charge rates and increases/decreases in general fund dollars to support operations. 
  • Present results of budget analyses to CUBS departmental managers and Director. 
  • Work with the Director, CUBS managers and the accounting manager to improve the budget process.
Customer Service:
  • Supports work of other accounting staff, and student employees, including processing customer billing, classifying transactions, communicate to customers any billing issues or questions, cash handling, vending customer service. 
  • Supports sales floor staff and managers with customer service issues regarding billing or payment issues.
Other Duties as Assigned:
  • Participate in the planning and execution of all annual physical inventory counts. 
  • Refine, update, and modify existing Book Store accounting processes and procedures to ensure accurate and reliable financial records which comply with GAAP, NACUBO and State and University rules and regulations. 
  • Assist in the preparation of yearly NACS, and other associations, financial surveys. 
  • Purchase goods for assigned units by creating and monitoring purchase orders.

What You Should Know

  • The typical workweek is Monday - Friday, anytime between open and close hours. Some weekends may be needed, some remote work may be available.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 

What We Can Offer

  • The annual salary range for this position is $52,000-$57,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis. 
  • 1+ years of professional, job-related experience.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record as a problem solver.
  • Proven customer service skills.
  • Proven ability to work with a wide range of people.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting or related field 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP, University or state financial and fiscal rules 
  • Experience and knowledge of governmental or higher education accounting procedures 
  • Understanding of PeopleSoft or related enterprise accounting system 
  • Understanding of Enterprise Retail Software system

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position. 

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 31, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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