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Student Financial Accountant

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

This position exists in the Student Financial Accounting unit within the Student Financial Services department of the Bursar's Office and helps provide accounting support for Student Financial System users. This position may be viewed as a senior professional of the team and serves as a resource for both internal and external customers. The objective of the work unit is to maintain the fiscal integrity of the Student System-Student Financials Module and ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal and State rules and regulations, and University policies and procedures.

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 mission of the Bursar’s Office is to efficiently enable and assist students and departments in meeting their financial obligations, with a focus on financial integrity and accountability. This Office is responsible for the management of key university financial resources and records and acts as a central collection point for university receipts.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Student Financial Reconciliations, Reporting, and Year-End Processes:
  • Performs reconciliations between the Student System and Finance System on a monthly and quarterly basis and helps advise the Bursar's Office of financial condition and internal controls by reviewing and analyzing source and system-generated documents from both systems.
  • This person will compile results, investigate discrepancies, and recommend accounting treatment for each system.
  • This position reviews the student financials manual transactions in Student System posted by Student Financial Services department staff.
  • Designs, modifies, and implements ad-hoc queries. Interprets Student Financial data and guides university departments on the appropriate accounting treatment.
  • Analyzes Confirmation Deposit Activity and reconciles write-off DOR (Department of Revenue) transactions.
  • Crafting and maintaining T-accounts and other key resource documents on critical Student Financial processes including regularly reviewing policies and procedures, and updating desk manuals in the area of responsibility.
  • In our unit, we calculate the amount of bad debt expense and the reserve for the uncollectible Student Financials receivables by compiling financial information and crafting financial reports based on historical data.
  • Guides auxiliary departments in the analysis, calculation, and modification of their reserve for auxiliary receivables generated in the system by interpreting Student Financials information in accordance with GAAP and the university accounting guidelines.
  • Serve as a resource for customers related to Student Financial Accounting and helps provide some guidance for the department to tackle sophisticated issues.
  • Builds and assures the accuracy of year-end annual financial reports, related footnotes, and work papers of the Student System and Finance System.
  • Works with Associate Bursar SFS in providing and reviewing the student financial data for financial audits and publications by analyzing and interpreting source and system-generated documents.
  • Maintain the integrity of the Student System Financial data and the accessibility of historical information for the university and external agencies. Resolves the need for and develops procedures to access data from multiple systems in order to develop customized financial report programs/queries based on varying management and departmental needs.
Daily operations in Student Financial Accounting:
  • We work collaboratively within the Student Financial Services to help support both internal and external customers, which includes helping with departmental emails.
  • Works collaboratively within the Student Financial Accounting unit to ensure business continuity, which can include cross-training with other positions. The related functions include but are not limited to 3rd party sponsorship, daily control functions, item type configuration, and auxiliary departmental billing.
  • This position may provide training for departmental staff as needed.
  • In our unit, we work closely with Associate Bursar SFS to recommend the best accounting practices for university initiatives.
  • Recommends changes in accounting practice to improve the business processes for the Bursar's Office.
Special Project: 
  • The position is also responsible for the implementation of special projects as required by the Bursar's Office, and/or the University.

What You Should Know

  • A hybrid work option is available, 2 days in-person and 3 days remote currently.
  • 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 for this position is $63,000-$67,000 and is 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 in Accounting from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in Accounting Information System/Accounting can substitute for Bachelor's degree on a year-to-year basis.
  • Experience developing financial reports/queries and/or have knowledge in relational databases.
  • 2 years of professional, job-related experience.

What You Will Need

  • Experience in best accounting practices in Higher Education and GAAP, federal and state law..
  • Proven professional experience preparing and presenting information optimally, clearly, and concisely.
  • Technical and meticulous.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in student systems such as Banner or Campus Solutions.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Finance system.
  • Experience with Campus Solutions - Student Financial module.
  • Experience in query tools such as MS Access and PS query.
  • Experience in Finance and Accounting business.
  • Experience in training and leading a professional operations team.

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 June 28, 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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