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Staff Accountant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

JILA is encouraging applications for a Staff Accountant to join our team! This position provides technical support work by processing financial transactions in compliance with CU and sponsor requirements, maintaining accurate records, validating documentation, and performing various financial analyses to be used by the JILA Finance Team. The Staff Accountant will determine appropriate policies and procedures to follow and make decisions as to the correct course of action to be taken for transactions and other work. Analysis and judgment are needed to ensure transactions and work are in compliance with a variety of complex standards and requirements including university, the federal government, and other sponsors.

The Staff Accountant will provide technical support work for the research payroll area by completing data entry, generating letters related to employment, researching and providing answers to employee questions, and other administrative tasks related to research payroll.

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

JILA is a world-leading research institute with an established reputation for collaboration, creativity, and excellence and is committed to hiring and supporting a diverse and inclusive community of scientists, staff, and students who share a common passion for expanding the boundaries of science for the benefit of all. As a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, JILA has a dual focus on expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge and developing the world’s scientific leaders of the future. We support eclectic and innovative research programs that foster creative collaborations among our scientists. The wide-ranging interests of our scientists have made JILA one of the nation’s leading research institutes in the physical sciences. They explore some of today’s most challenging and fundamental scientific questions about quantum physics, the design of precision optical and x-ray lasers, the fundamental principles underlying the interaction of light and matter, and processes that have governed the evolution of the Universe for nearly 14 billion years. Research topics range from the small, frigid world governed by the laws of quantum mechanics through the physics of biological and chemical systems to the processes that shape the stars and galaxies. JILA science encompasses eight broad categories: Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Chemical Physics, Laser Physics, Nanoscience, Precision Measurement, and Quantum Information Science & Technology. To learn more visit:  

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Financial Review and Reconciliation of Speedtypes. Reconcile a wide variety of speedtypes on a monthly basis to ensure records are accurate. Independently determine follow up or additional investigation of charges as needed.
  • Subaward tracking and monitoring. Receive and review invoices from a variety of subcontractors and subawards for compliance with federal guidance, sponsor terms and conditions and University policy. Track costs for all subawards including following up with subawardees for additional documentation and explanation as needed.
  • Compliance checking of purchase requsitions. Review purchase requisitions for a wide variety of speedtypes to ensure budget sufficiency and appropriate departmental approval.
  • Cash management. Receive, document and deposit RBSA Customer payments. Track A/R and perform collection services if needed. Maintain parking petty cash fund. Perform accounting duties for key deposits and internal sales to employees' funds.
  • Support Finance team. Assist with miscellaneous reporting, journal entries, travel documents and other duties as needed.
  • Support Research payroll. Administrative tasks related to research employee payroll such as data entry.
  • Support Research payroll. Administrative tasks related to research employee payroll such as creating letters related to employment.
  • Support Research payroll. Administrative tasks related to research employee payroll such as researching and answering employee questions, filing documents and other research payroll tasks.

What You Should Know

  • We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (remote and in-person work).
  • This is a 75% time position. 

What We Can Offer

This is a 75% time position. The hiring range is $34,500.00-$40,500.00.


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

  • Three years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
  • Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • A resident of Colorado.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work with a variety of people in a positive and collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to track multiple projects and tasks. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • An associate or Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field.
  • Experience with the following:
  • CU Peoplesoft finance system is highly desirable.
  • CU purchasing and expense/travel systems.
  • CU Electronic Research and Administration database(infoEd) is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of complex accounting structures such as higher education, healthcare of similar entity.
  • Three years of experience creating and processing accounting transactions in a computerized enterprise accounting system.
  • Proficient in the use of excel.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work. 
2. Optional: A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
a. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to Recruiting@Colorado.Edu or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.

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

Please apply by September 28, 2021 for consideration.

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

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Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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