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Area Accountant

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Campus Controller's Office of CU Boulder welcomes applications for an Area Accountant. This position exists to a) assure proper accounting of the General, Auxiliary, Restricted, Loan, and Plant funds at the University of Colorado Boulder in accordance with all Federal, State, University and campus rules and regulations; b) provide timely and accurate reports and related information to external constituents, and internally as requested; c) provide consulting, training, and mentoring to campus personnel on the proper administration of General, Auxiliary, Restricted, Loan, and Plant use of the PeopleSoft Financial System (and new business processes associated therewith), and departmental roles and responsibilities in the administration of its funds; d) manage any relevant subsystems related to accounting operations.
The Area Accountant will provide accounting expertise, internal controls, guidance and interpretation of CU’s fiscal policies and procedures, and post-audit financial transaction management. This individual will also be assigned accounting and administrative responsibilities for one or more Vice Chancellor (VC) areas. Individually, the position also specializes in assigned Fund groups and serves the campus needs by properly recording, classifying, reconciling, correcting and querying transactions. Furthermore, this position also provides various trainings throughout the year to assist and mentor campus users on proper policies, procedures, financial systems, and other topics of interest.

Who We Are

The Campus Controller's Office maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility through accurate financial accounting and reporting and in compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures and contract requirements for sponsored projects. We provide oversight, assistance, and training in financial stewardship for the Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Process Excellence (identifying, improving, maintaining processes, including metrics)
  • Direct and oversee Boulder campus financial transactions in the General, Auxiliary, Restricted, Loan, and Plant funds. 
  • Control and detect irregularities or unusual developments. 
  • Assess potential impact on campus financial reporting and recommends proper accounting treatments by:
    1. interpreting, and applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) standards, Colorado Higher Education Standards, State Fiscal Rules, Colorado Department of Administration (DOA) Rules, TABOR (Amendment 1) Guidelines, University of Colorado Policies and Procedures, and Financial Reporting System guidelines
    2. performing post-auditing through exception reports including abnormal balances, unchanged balances, suspended accounts activities, cash deficit controls, budget deficits controls, recharge activity review, use of ID rev/exp review, and other exception reviews as necessary.  
  • Assure campus user compliance with above by instructing and advising correct application and practice of these principles and standards.
  • Understand and review campus departmental operations to ensure that they are in the compliance with applicable accounting and industry standards.  
  • Create and assure accuracy of year-end financial statements, related footnotes, and workpapers for audit and publication for the General, Auxiliary, Restricted, Loan, and Plant funds by developing, reviewing, compiling, comparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting system sources and generated documents for correctness, comparability, and appropriateness. 
  • Develop sound campus business management practices by examining State, campus management, and campus departmental users’ needs.  
  • Administer, review, analyze, and assess campus departmental compliance with Federal A-21 rule for Internal Service Units (ISC) operations; apprises campus users and campus management of compliance issues; recommends and directs courses of actions
  • Assure that the ISC rate calculation complies with requirements.
  • Develop and produce, as needed, monthly and quarterly General, Auxiliary, Restricted, Loan, and Plant fund reports and variance analyses for Office of State Controller, Office of University Controller, UCB – Budget and Fiscal Planning (BFP), and campus management by compiling, analyzing, and interpreting finance system data, COFRS data, and system-generated documents and discussing fund activities with campus departmental users for changes.    
  • Follow-up reviews on internal audit reports and reports the current status of management actions on internal audit findings to the Controller.
  • Perform credit card business practice evaluations and makes appropriate recommendations on the creation of credit card accounts.  

University Satisfaction (engaging with and training campus staff)
  • Provide, coordinate, and plan for consulting, training, advising, coaching, and mentoring services to campus personnel on the identification and investigation of current accounting issues, the development of accounting methods and business processes, the implementation of accounting related projects, the design of customized managerial reports, the preparation of service center rate calculations, and the facilitation of accounting opportunities and solutions. 
  • Develop, design, and implement optimum training and customer support approaches.  
  • Provide, coordinate, and plan for training campus personnel on the use of the PeopleSoft system.
  • Prepare and present topics of campus concern at the annual CCO Fiscal Year End Town Hall meeting.
  • Discuss fund activities with campus users, and serve as liaison between campus user departments and State audit staff, University System Administration, and Campus management.
  • Serves as the financial specialist for the assigned areas across Campus.  

People Development (developing, retaining, recognizing our staff)
  • Seek opportunities for professional development and training for self/unit
  • Provide suggestions for growth and development of the area accounting area and CCO

Infrastructure Enhancement (technology requirements, system upgrades and brand identity)
  • Assist with training and implementation of system upgrades, such as PeopleSoft or Cognos.
  • Identify areas to improve service excellence to campus constituents.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $52,000.


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 from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting or related field. 
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis. 
  • Two years of accounting experience professional accounting.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability as a problem solver
  • Demonstrated customer service orientation
  • Demonstrated public presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of people.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP, University and state accounting and fiscal rules.
  • Experience and knowledge of governmental or higher education accounting procedures.
  • Working knowledge of PeopleSoft.
  • CPA.
  • Experience designing and building Microsoft Excel and Access databases and reports.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by January 20, 2019, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer