University of Rochester Sr Accountant - 218808 in Rochester, New York
School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Center Trans Neuromedicine
The Center for Translational Neuromedicine is a research-intensive department, with more than $13 million in annual sponsored research expenditures.
The Administrator II position serves as the chief administrative agent and business manager for the Center. The Sr. Accountant will work closely with the Administrator II and other support staff in the department. This person will perform professional accounting work, including but not limited to ledger reconciliation, financial reporting, cost analysis and distribution, classification of accounts and funds, study of accounting systems and sponsored research accounting.
Will prepare and analyze all financial reports in conjunction with the Administrator II. This will include reports for internal Center projections and status of funds, sponsor meetings, budgets, etc. Responsible for monthly and quarterly invoices to sponsor and ensuring that charges are approved by the sponsor, reconciled and billed for in a timely manner. Confirms completeness and accuracy of data; uses judgment as to whether account balances are reasonable; examines accounting documents to ascertain that transactions are properly supported in accordance with University policy and procedures; initiates corrective action or recommends solutions as appropriate; prepares summary reports supporting findings and recommendations. Analyzes problems and makes recommendations regarding accounts, records, reports and controls for approval at higher levels.
The department utilizes the URGEMS encumbrance accounting system to manage finances, along with UR Financials. The Sr Accountant will be responsible for reconciling and analyzing monthly ledgers, analyzing expenses, researching and resolving issues with unknown expenses, and preparing and analyzing month end financial reports. Maintains liaison with Office of Research Accounting and Costing Standards (ORACS) for grant related activities and requirements. Identifies when journal entries are required and prepares submission. Develops and recommends policies and procedures for accounting systems and financial reporting. Prepares and documents instructions for changes in accounting systems, interprets data, trains other staff in accounting related matters and advises and interprets accounting and budgeting relationships. Design financial reports and statements for University management reflecting fiscal operations of specific programs (e.g. operational)
Supports faculty members with grant applications and sponsored project progress reports, including designing and developing financial reports and e-submissions. Interprets and applies University and federal policies relating to grants. Maintains liaison with funding sponsors and University central offices including Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) and ORACS for grant related activities and requirements. May be assigned to perform the foregoing for specific accounts or certain groups of accounts, such as those involving third party agreements, grants, fixed assets, etc., which requires knowledge of policies, regulations and other criteria uniquely applicable to maintaining accurate records for these accounts. Monitors funds and develops systems of controls.
Calculates cost of animals by project and prepares and analyzes animal budgets and justifications for grant applications. Reviews daily reports which summarize financial transaction errors and initiates corrective action as appropriate. Where error trend indicates system defects, consults with or refers the matter to the appropriate supervisor, presenting recommendations and seeking guidance as to the course of action to be taken. Recommends improvements, adaptation and changes in policy and procedures in the accounting system. Perform cost finding analyses for use in recommending rates for redistribution of costs or recovery from third party sponsored programs. Consults with internal and external auditors on matters such as definition and classification of accounts, accounting activity in research programs and other technical aspects of the accounting system. Manages payroll forms and employee reimbursements in conjunction with the Administrator II. Interprets trends and projects data into the future, prepares reports for submission to regulatory agencies regarding the status of sponsored projects.
Works with the Center Directors to initiate and process Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs). Organizes and supervises the work of other staff engaged in a variety of accounting procedures. Advises on difficult problems and on the interpretation of accounting related policies and procedures.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and 3 years experience as a staff accountant; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
At least 1 year in an academic research setting and /or experience with grants desirable.
Strong analytical ability and proficiency with spreadsheets.
Strong attention to detail and ability to quickly learn new systems, programs, and / or software.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills essential.
Knowledge of University systems – URGEMS, UR Financials, and Cognos preferred. Must become CLASP certified within 12 months.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
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