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Montana State University Financial Accountant in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21010

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Tanya Arrington at 406-994-3345 or tanya.arrington@montana.edu

Classification Title Accounting Assoc Mgr

Working Title Financial Accountant

Brief Position Overview

The University Business Services Accounting Office provides accounting and business services for all components of the University. This position will perform advanced accounting functions in the central accounting office of the University; coordinate and direct the University’s Unrelated Business Income tax reporting and other central accounting and financial reporting functions.

This position is part of UBS and will perform advanced accounting functions in the central accounting office of the University.

Position Number 4M1161

Department Business Office

Division University Business Services - Financial Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $20.160 -$25.200 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Salary

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The University Business Services Accounting Office provides accounting and business services for all components of the University. This position will perform advanced accounting functions in the central accounting office of the University; coordinate and direct the University’s Unrelated Business Income tax reporting and other central accounting and financial reporting functions. This position is also responsible for reconciling general ledger accounts to various sub-systems (SABHRS, depository and outside bank accounts, fixed assets, student account reports, etc.) and investigating and resolving differences. Preparation and review financial statement schedules, general ledger journal entries, and other reporting subject to audit and/or submission to third parties is also required as assigned. This position will be cross trained with other duties within the University Business Services office.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare, summarize, and analyze financial information on an ad-hoc basis.

  • Create general ledger journal entries and financial schedules subject to audit and/or submission to third parties.

  • Assist other staff in the accounting office which may include initiating and completing inter-unit journals with other State agencies; administering the purchasing card program; monitoring transactions made on MSU’s four campuses; accounts receivable billing functions to outside vendors and responding to questions from other UBS work units.

  • Assist in the implementation of GASB standards.

  • Coordinate and direct the University’s Unrelated Business Income Tax Reporting.

  • Manage and/or monitor various university programs and projects in accordance with internal controls, university policies and various regulations on a state, local and federal level.

  • Prepares reports and documentation to respond to auditors or other third parties UBS is accountable to. Secondary Duties:

  • Reconcile accounts and/or prepare specific journal entries, including year-end journal entries.

  • Assist, train and guide other MSU campuses and departments with reconciliation issues or questions. Assist in ensuring University–wide compliance with University, State, IRS and other policies and guidelines. Assist in creating year-end financial schedules.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, accounting practices and financial reporting.

  • Successful experience gathering, analyzing and reconciling substantial amounts of financial data with a high degree of detail and accuracy.

  • Successful experience using analytical or interpretive processes and use of independent decision making to solve problems and resolve account differences.

  • Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Excel to sort, analyze, format and summarize financial information.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience with a complex accounting system.

  • Experience developing new processes and/or procedures for continuing compliance with changing regulations and to prevent errors or strengthen internal controls.

  • Demonstrated experience with fund accounting.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Perform detailed and complex work with high level of accuracy under minimal supervision.

  • Exercise initiative and independent judgment in solving complex problems and in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public in a team-oriented environment. Demonstrate Service Excellence through courtesy, reliability, safety and competence of actions.

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, both in person, over the phone and via email.

  • Have commitment to maintain confidentiality of records and sensitive information.

  • Represent the University Business Services office and its programs to others in a professional and courteous manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 11, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disabilityaccommodation/complaintsgrievances.html .

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