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Department: Budget Office
Salary/Rate: $3,540/month @ 1.0 FTE This position may be subject to a 20% furlough ($2,796/month @ 20% furlough)
FTE: 1.0 FTE (20% furlough)
The Accountant 1 is a team member in the department of Budget and Planning. This position is responsible for providing direct support and guidance across all university divisions and departments in annual and biennial budgets, monitoring and reviewing progress against budgets, budgeting toward department and university goals, preparing long range forecasts, working with HR, Payroll and other departments on budgeted salary issues, and responding to requests for information from internal and external parties. While directly reporting to the Director of Budget and Planning, the Accountant 1 may have duties assigned that cross functional operations including Business Services, Payroll, and Human Resources as required to fulfill analytical and functional needs in those respective centers. Work is usually performed independently and reviewed as needed to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and regulatory standards. This individual must demonstrate a commitment and ability to uphold university policies and maintain the highest ethical standards.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree with CPA or PA certificate; OR Bachelor's degree with 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of college-level Accounting, OR 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of Accounting courses and three years of Accounting experience.
Knowledge and experience using Banner software inclusive of Finance, Position Control and/or Payroll Knowledge and experience of fund accounting including GASB financial statements Advanced spreadsheet (Excel) experience including complex formula utilization, pivot table manipulation, database extracts/integrations, and forecast modeling. Strong computer skills in all Microsoft Office products (MOS Certifications preferred) Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work independently and be self-motivated
All Listed Duties:
The following examples of typical work activities are meant to illustrate the general range of work functions performed by the position and are not meant to be all-inclusive or restrictive. The Accountant's scope of work may include any one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.
1. Budget Planning and Coordination Provides current and historical budget data such as expenditure and receipt recaps; compare current account balances with budget limits and prepares variance reports and statistical studies; adjusts budget accounts as needed; prepares special budget analysis reports as requested by the director. Will participate in budget preparation by providing campus directors and managers with financial data, fiscal projections, or statistical analysis and tracking subsequent internal allotment of funding across Indexes.
2. Accounting Applies relevant general accounting methods and controls to one or more functional areas such as budgets, projects, Indexes, or payroll to achieve timely and accurate processing and reporting of business data; resolves normal accounting problems by applying an overall understanding of account relationships within the Banner system; classifies revenues and expenditures to appropriate Indexes and accounts; conforms with accounting system controls as mandated by institution policies, State statutes, or audit stipulations; reconciles accounts and prepares adjusting entries as required; prepares journal vouchers; identifies out of balance conditions, tracks errors through accounting system, and makes appropriate reversals or correcting entries; may be required to review the work of other employees submitted to the Budget and Planning department for processing into Banner.
3. Report Preparation Uses accounting records and supporting documentation to compile financial statements, budget recaps, statistical analysis, statements of distributions (i.e. State Allocations), and/or special reports as requested. May be involved in all or part of preparing annual reports such as those submitted to federal or state institutions and agencies.
4. Campus Relations Frequent in-person, telephone, and written contact with university administration, faculty, staff and technical staff, management or staff at other state agencies, and occasionally vendors. Topics may include, but are not limited to, account balances and reconciliations, items on reports, budget balances, transfers, payroll accounting etc. These interactions are necessary to exchange information, address procedural questions, collect data, make recommendations and clarifications, secure approvals, assist management with solving problems. The Accountant 1 will become a supportive functional and technical resource on budgetary and fiscal topics to include legality, appropriateness, status, policy, and procedure. This position will help prepare and offer training in budget and fiscal topics at various campus venues including the tuition advisory council and student incidental fee council. This position will also field many incoming requests to the director and assist with responding accordingly.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classifications defined as
Internal Number: 8976
About Southern Oregon University
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