ACCOUNTANT
The University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

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Percent Time:
100%

Type of Position
Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.

Duties:
Basic Function and Responsibility:

University of Iowa Accounts Payable and Travel is seeking four professionals with experience in accounting, auditing and taxation. The positions are responsible for reviewing procurement card, travel and other payable transactions to ensure compliance with Board of Regent and University policies as well as ensuring proper reporting. The positions will provide customer service and training to others in our department as well as users on campus. The positions will work in a team environment. Applicants must be proficient in the use of PeopleSoft and E-Pro programs, AP/PO PS Web Application, MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook), and other conventional office equipment.

Position Specific Duties:
  • Reviews and approves expenditures to the appropriate fund and institutional accounts to ensure proper reporting on the University's financial reports.

  • Responds to campus inquiries regarding expenses on their departmental accounts.

  • Ensures monthly and year end transactions are processed timely and accurately.

  • Involved in the testing and upgrade of departmental software.

  • Provides suggestions for functionality improvements to systems.

  • Researches and gathers information from various sources, such as departments, vendors, and University websites to assist in making decisions and in responding to departmental daily requests. Applies knowledge and understanding of accounting and all Accounts Payable and Travel Systems in order to understand and communicate findings accurately and timely.

  • Review and provide edits/updates to University policies.

  • Communicates professionally, concisely, and accurately both verbally and in writing, requiring judgment in the application of policies and procedures in both the assigned and related work areas.

  • Audits University transitions for compliance with Regents, University, and Department guidelines for 100% accuracy in a timely manner.

  • Interprets Regent and University policies as well as the IRS policies and uses judgment to determine whether a transaction is allowable. Responsible for comparing University policy with the business purpose of the purchase, using their reasonable judgment, to determine if the transaction meets the test of public purpose. Responsible for determining if the documentation is sufficient to justify the transaction.

  • Interprets Regent and University policies as well as the IRS policies and uses judgment to determine whether a transaction is allowable. Responsible for comparing University policy with the business purpose of the purchase, using their reasonable judgment, to determine if the transaction meets the test of public purpose. Responsible for determining if the documentation is sufficient to justify the transaction.

  • Provides system and policy training to faculty, staff, and students on a frequent basis.

  • Provides functional supervision to merit staff as well as providing direction to campus on the appropriateness of expenditure.

  • Contributes in a positive and respectful manner with team members on daily work and/or with other department and campus staff on special projects. Participate in or lead team, department, or campus meetings.

Education Required:
A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Experience Required:
Typically requires 6 months-one year accounting experience.

Knowledge of GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) accounting standards and/or IRS (Internal Revenue Service) policy.

Must be proficient in computer software applications/demonstrated competence with Microsoft Excel and Word. A work sample will be given to interviewees either before or at the time of interview to assess Excel skills.

Good organizational and analytical skills as well as attention to detail is required.

Strong presentation, communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Qualifications:
Knowledge of automated accounting systems is desirable.

Knowledge of University business policies and procedures is desirable.

Familiarity with PeopleSoft Financials and E-Pro Systems is desirable.

Experience analyzing data for fraudulent activity.

Experience with Microsoft Access desirable.

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