SENIOR ACCOUNTANT - Diverse Candidates Encouraged
Company: University of Wisconsin System
Posted on: October 13, 2019
The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of
public higher education in the country and employs more than 39,000
faculty and staff statewide. The UW Systems combined enrollment
headcount exceeds 170,000, and the System confers more than 36,000
degrees each year. Learn moreabout the UW System at
The Office of Financial Administration has the primary
responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the University of
Wisconsin System. It is expected to provide a financial environment
that is secure, encourages the accomplishment of academic missions,
provides timely and accurate information, and assists all levels of
management in making prudent financial decisions.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Accountant position is an operational
accountant in the role of supporting Financial Administration that
provides accounting, reporting, and policy services to all
institutions in the UW System. This position assists in managing UW
Systems complex accounting structure consisting of numerous funds,
day-to-day accounting activities, development and maintenance of
accounting records, processing of accounting transactions,
reconciliation of accounts, and closing of accounting records. This
position is further responsible for preparation of systemwide
financial reports and analysis, development and maintenance of
complex automated financial systems, development and implementation
of financial policies.
- Management, development, and maintenance of accounting records,
processing of accounting transactions, reconciliation of accounts,
and closing of accounting records.
- Ensure all accounting transactions are recorded accurately
using generally accepted accounting principles. Ensure all account
reconciliations are completed accurately and timely.
- Determine fiscal year end transaction processing to meet
closing deadlines and ensure proper closing of accounting
- Develop accounting policies and procedures.
- Develop accounting policies and procedures for financial
transactions including mechanisms to ensure compliance and maintain
good internal controls and update content on the UWSA website.
- Develop and maintain accounting procedural manuals and lead
training sessions to educate staff in using proper accounting
procedure, automated systems, and how to interpret UW System,
state, and federal policies.
- Maintain proper internal controls to achieve safeguard of
University assets; ensure reliability and integrity of financial
information; ensure compliance with University, state, and federal
rules, regulations, and guidelines; and promote efficient and
- Preparation of Financial Reports, Financial Analysis, and
- Prepare fiscal year-end financial reports for accrual basis
GAAP financial statements.
- Complete periodic financial analysis of financial transactions
using queries and reports to ensure consistency, accuracy, and
materially correct, including financial information as requested by
the Vice President for Finance, Senior Associate Vice President for
Finance, Controller and other managers, as needed. o Monitor
budgets and recommend budget adjustments in accordance with UW
- Development and maintenance of complex automated financial
- Develop and maintain internal operating policies and procedures
that maximizes the use of accounting technologies, including, but
not limited to, the SFS general ledger, accounts payable/purchase
order, and project lite modules.
- Stay current on new and emerging technology and determine what
changes are needed to improve operational efficiencies.
- Coordinate and ensure all testing related to accounting
processes is completed for any new automated systems, maintenance
packs, and upgrades.
- Ensure tax reporting is completed in accordance with
University, state, and federal policies and tax regulations.
- Compile, review, and submit the UW System unrelated business
income tax (UBIT) return.
- Compile institution submissions and relevant data from the
Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) obtained from UW System Trust Funds for
all partnerships with the UW institutions.
- Research and provide answers for any UBIT questions asked by
the UW institutions.
- Consult with and provide the contracted accounting firm with
any requested UBIT data to finalize the UW System UBIT return
- To be considered for this position, applicants must have:
- Professional training in accounting or auditing such as that
which would be acquired by earning a bachelors degree in accounting
or auditing from an accredited post-secondary college/university or
commensurate experience and training.
- A minimum of three years progressively responsible financial
management experience including accounting, financial reporting,
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing,
with various levels of University staff and officials.
- Experience in the interpretation, development, and
implementation of complex policies, procedures, and rules relating
to accounting and internal controls.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Well-qualified applicants will also have
a substantial amount of experience in the following:
- Extensive knowledge and experience in financial administration
and CPA certificate.
- Knowledge of and ability to use creative problem-solving
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position is a full-time, salaried
(exempt), fixed term terminal academic staff two year project
position. The hiring salary range for this position is
$56,000-86,000. Salary will be commensurate with the successful
candidates qualifications and experience. UW System employees
receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UWSA
comprehensive benefit package, please access ALEX, the UW Systems
on-line virtual benefits counselor. In addition to ALEX, you can
read our benefit summary guide: Summary - Faculty, Academic Staff &
Limited Appointees. Furthermore, the UW System Total Compensation
Estimator is a tool designed to provide you with total compensation
WORK LOCATION: 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI.
SPECIAL NOTE: Employment will require a criminal background check.
It will also require you and your references to answer questions
regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To ensure full consideration, please
submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant
screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through THURSDAY,
OCTOBER 10, 2019. Applications may be accepted until the position
fills. 1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials
online. The web address is: 2. Select the appropriate applicant
portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants. 3.
Locate the position you want to apply for and click on the
position. 4. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to
include your salary expectations when asked in our applicant
tracking system. In addition, please be sure to upload ALL THREE of
the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF
files. Failing to include any of these documents may disqualify
your application. Uploading your documents as PDFs is also critical
to maintain the formatting of your documents. a. Your cover letter
MUST specifically address how your education and experience relate
to the position and qualifications. Be sure to emphasize the areas
outlined under Minimum Qualifications. b. Your reference page
should include the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone
numbers for three professional references with at least one being
from a current or previous supervisor. 5. Include a statement of
whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or
made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the
absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume
you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. The UW
System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request
confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the
successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec.
19.36(7). 6. Submit your application.
The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages
applications from women, minorities, and person with
Questions may be addressed to: Wanda Manning, HR Generalist, UW
System Human Resources, at . University of Wisconsin System
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