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Classified Staff Job Description

Job Code: 070550
Title: Accountant
Pay Grade: 42
Pay Range
(min/mid/max):
$33,639/$41,668/$51,299
FLSA:Exempt

Purpose of Classification:
Performs a broad scope of professional accounting activities requiring experienced, professional knowledge and application of accounting principles and practices. Performs a wide range of detailed/complex accounting and advisory functions pertaining to assigned fund area, accounts or department and assures day-to-day operations are carried out in accordance with established accounting principles, policies and objectives. Assigned function is relatively stable and well established.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is second in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Accountant, Associate in that incumbents typically perform a wider variety of duties of greater complexity and diversity. Incumbents work relatively independently and exercise professional judgment within assigned function and lead other lower-level staff. It is distinguished from the Accountant, Senior in that incumbents usually consult the Accountant, Senior for advice and assistance and are not responsible for a function as specialized or complex in interrelationships.

Example of Duties:
  • Prepares standard accounting reports and statements and also non-standard reports and statements, such as detailed cost and financial analysis, forecasts and projections reflecting interrelationships of accounting data; prepares or assists in preparation of special accounting studies.
  • Interprets data and points out trends or deviations from standards.
  • Identifies informational needs of management and revises or refines account structures or data accordingly.
  • Prepares intricate journal entries, maintains complex ledgers, prepares detailed cost accounting information and reconciles and analyzes reports and ledgers.
  • Decides proper handling of financial transactions; approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Provides solutions to problems presented by lower level staff and recommends changes to accounting system, methods or procedures to management, utilizing knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Interprets accounting data, analyzes reports and recommends action to be taken.
  • Advises and counsels on complex accounting matters to department and/or university staff.
  • Implements changes in procedures affecting assigned function.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and university regulations.
  • Reviews computer reports for errors or inconsistencies; investigates and corrects problem.
  • Keeps informed by researching and evaluating appropriate professional and related legal literature as assigned.
  • Provides training to campus users as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic leadership practices.
  • Skill in performing detailed numerical computations.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
  • Skill in the use of computer hardware and software.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related area with accounting course work AND one year of professional accounting experience; OR,
    • Five years progressively responsible and diverse accounting experience and course work, which includes at least one year professional accounting, in which a broad exposure to all areas of accounting and accounting principles, practices and procedures was acquired; OR,
    • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.

    Prepared:

    10/01/1990
    Revised: 03/13/2006

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