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Finance and Accounting Professional

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Finance and Accounting Professional provides financial administration for the Department of Computer Science at the College of Engineering and Applied Science. At the guidance and direction of the Finance Manager, this position is primarily responsible for providing financial administration and faculty support including contract and grant management, handling of general, auxiliary, gift and plant funds, accounting and finance, procurement, and travel and expense reimbursement.

Who We Are

Where learning is a team sport. 

Founded in 1970, the Department of Computer Science at CU Boulder is focused on real-world, interdisciplinary experiences for our students. Our researchers are making advances in computer science today that will change the world tomorrow.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Finance and Grant Administration
  • Perform budgeting duties including monitoring, tracking and reconciling transactions, identifying and correcting variances; maintaining financial spreadsheets which include current and projected balances, providing summaries and reports.
  • Perform post-award tasks including monitoring expiration dates; requesting extensions and supplemental funding as needed; prepare and submit property and/or close out reports; and aid in the award closeout process.
  • Manage and maintain complete regulatory files, including correspondence and supporting documentation for each transaction.
  • Provide advisement including assisting with resource and fund management; and offer procedural and regulatory advisement in alignment with sponsor, Federal, State, and university requirements to ensure compliance.
  • Work cooperatively with Principal Investigator and departmental staff, as well as other campus departments and personnel (such as Office of Grants and Contracts (OCG), Controller's Office and Procurement Service Center (PSC)).
  • Perform standard accounting functions to support budget, accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, and travel and expense reimbursement activities including preparation of journal entries; verification of accounting codes and fund assignments; month-end, quarter-end and year-end closes; reconciliations and audits; data collection, analysis and retention; reporting and records management.
  • Provide resolution to complex accounting problems, including investigation and analysis of data to ensure accuracy and completeness and perform corrective actions.
  • Support the design of projections in such a way as to simulate an impact of different variables on the budget.
Travel and Expense Reimbursement
  • The travel and expense reimbursement process is performed either independently or in coordination with the Department Procurement Specialist, determined at the discretion of the Finance Manager. Support the coordination of travel and event registrations including booking airfare, hotel, transportation, etc., registering for conferences, seminars and/or training; utilize Concur and Marketplace to process transactions; and review and approve pre-travel authorization forms.
  • Prepare, reconcile and submit travel expense reimbursement reports which involves gathering and assuring appropriate receipts and documentation are included and ensure expenses are allocated to appropriate accounts.
  • Provide travel and expense reimbursement support to department as needed.
  • Encumber expenses on budget spreadsheets.
  • Authorizes travel and expense reimbursements.
  • The procurement process is performed either independently or in coordination with the Department Procurement Specialist and, determined at the discretion of the Finance Manager. Purchase goods and services including performing research to ensure costs for goods and services are reasonable, appropriate, allocable and within compliance; coordinate the issuance of purchase orders; process payments utilizing procurement card, purchase orders, or payment vouchers; and track and verify delivery of goods and services.
  • In conjunction with the Procurement Specialist, this position will monitor and reconcile procurement card expenses, assuring appropriate receipts and documentation are provided and support the preparation of reports.
  • Develop ways to improve the efficiency of data collected through systems and subsystems.
  • Provide procurement support to department as needed.
  • Encumber expenses on budget spreadsheets.
  • Authorizes purchases.
Personnel Administration 
  • Ensures adequate funding is available before authorizing the hiring of personnel whose salary will be charged to the funds in which this position manages. 
  • Authorizes the Payroll and Personnel Coordinator to complete the hire.
  • Encumber salary, benefits, and tuition on budget spreadsheets.
  • Communicates with Payroll and Personnel Coordinator when funding updates or payroll expense transfers are needed.  
  • Participate in training in the area of business practices, university, and state regulations, and the use of data processing systems, as assigned.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated starting salary is $48,000.00, commensurate with experience.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree with two years of accounting, finance, or related experience. 
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. 

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated understanding and application of internal accounting control principles.
  • High-level computer skill proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Excel).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communications, collaboration and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of internal accounting control principles, as well as generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, and fiscal principles and practices in a higher education environment, including budgeting and fund accounting.
  • Strong knowledge of accounting and budgeting in all funds (general, auxiliary, gift, grant, and plant) as well as an understanding of the CU Foundation accounting system.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field from an accredited university.
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, finance, and/or business administration in a complex environment that includes budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience with research and contract accounting and management.
  • Working knowledge and experience with PeopleSoft Finance and HR, Concur and Cognos Reporting.

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 21, 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