Senior Accountant

Rochester, NY


Position Summary:

Work in conjunction with the BME Finance Team, perform accounting and administrative activities for engineering department maintaining accurate financial records and research academic programs. With latitude for independent decision making, the Sr. Accountant leads efforts for database creation, data management, and analysis in support of the Biomedical Engineering initiatives. This position is expected to act with a high-level of independence and should, in an ongoing way, review program financial systems and take initiative to improve it.

Specific Responsibilities:

S upport of accounting activities for Biomedical Engineering department

  • Within department guidelines but with latitude for independent judgment and self-directed action, maintains complete and systematic set of records of department financial transactions.

  • Maintains a financial database using URGEMS encumbrance accounting system to manage finances, along with UR Financials.

  • Scan back up information to P Card system for bank approval.

  • Enters encumbrances and transactions into UofR’s accounting system, reconciles monthly accounting statements and summary reports to administrator.

  • Work in conjunction with Finance Team in forecasting account for the Dean’s Office.

  • Computes and compiles periodic financial reports such as forecasts, budget variances, and project expenditures.

  • Work in conjunction with Finance Team in project close-out by working with Office of Research Accounting and Costing Standards (ORACS) representatives.

  • Manages the financial responsibilities for multi-year awards.

Grant Support

  • Assist the Sr. Research and Grants Administrator with pre-award initiative in the IORA system.

  • To learn and be CLASP-certified in the IORA system

  • Prepare financial budgets for pre-award proposals.

  • Assist faculty in gathering pre-award documents.

  • Assist in contacting other departments to get other faculty efforts added to the grants .

  • Prepare PI approval forms for ledgers, along with assisting with issuance of subcontracts and no cost extensions.

  • Work in conjunction with Finance Team to analyze and monitor 130 monthly ledgers (operating, sponsored programs, gifts, endowments, start - up) and reconcile charges with URGEMS.

Purchasing and Finance Administration

  • Assist research lab in purchasing lab supplies, and both capital and non-capital equipment.

  • Collaborate with faculty and lab personnel to determine financial accounts and spend codes, to ensure accurate accounting processes are being administered.

  • Analyze account purchases and advise faculty on purchases and account status; devise methods of reporting to faculty, with demonstrated knowledge of financial reporting policies and procedures prepare appropriate purchasing documents for purchases.

Other duties as assigned

  • Provide support to Space and Equipment Administrator as needed.

  • Create various financial reports, using statistical analysis.


  • Bachelor's degree with three years of experience in financial management or a background in statistical and/or quantitative analysis and research techniques.

  • 3 years of experience working in accounting, financial management or a background quantitative analysis and research techniques. Experience with UR Financials, IORA and URGems is preferred .

  • Experience with Advanced Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word skills preferred. Experience with University of Rochester systems including UR Financials, IORA, URGems, UR Student, IBM Cognos, and HRMS is preferred. Experience with data base tools desired. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are essential to success. Proactive, timely reporting of research expenditures to faculty principle investigators of their research awards combined with knowledge base, business acumen and the ability to deliver accurate forecasting, based on encumbrances and research effort, is preferred. Must be able to work collaboratively with others, handle multiple priorities and assignments, keep organized records, make decisions and function independently. Ability to work collaboratively with others, handle multiple priorities and assignments, keep organized records, make decisions and function independently and work well within sometimes limited time constraints to meet deadlines.

  • CLASP certified is required, or must be obtained in a reasonable amount of time of assuming role.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 53,500 - $ 74,900 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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