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University of Rochester Sr Accountant - 228259 in Rochester, New York

Sr Accountant Job ID 228259

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Department of Neurosurgery


8 AM-4:30 PM


General Job Summary:

Provides, in an independent manner, professional financial and administrative support to the Department of Neurosurgery; under general direction and with latitude for independent judgment. Utilizes knowledge of the University accounting procedures to provide proper review and control over activity which impacts the financial records of assigned accounts. Manages payroll-related paperwork for department. Interprets and applies University policies and procedures, and department policies and procedures. Possesses strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner. This position will focus on the accounting and financial management for assigned Divisions’ in the department including the portfolio of operating, gift and endowment accounts working in conjunction with the division administrator/Finance Manager, the grants administrator, department financial leadership, and other departments across the institution accordingly. This position will provide focused support to the Department of Neurosurgery clinical and central administration operations and will require the desire to apply intermediate to advanced excel skills to analyze and report on clinical financial data.

Specific Responsibilities:

25% Performs monthly analysis, maintains and distributes financial reports on accounts as assigned. On a monthly basis, updates and analyzes spending and projection on customized reports, utilizing historic trend and account specific knowledge to create an accurate financial picture. Creates summaries by division/manager to assist divisional leadership and finance leadership in quarterly review meetings. Participates in regular financial review meetings to communicate updates or issues with accounts. Develops a variety of spreadsheets on an ad-hoc basis; performs additional financial/accounting duties as needed. Provides data and analytical support for business plan development and understanding revenue and charge trends as assigned. Develops expertise in McKesson and Epic reporting capabilities and data sets to ensure accurate understanding of clinical billings and volumes. Develops standard processes and best practices for internal controls and strong fiscal management.

25% Reconciles personnel expenditures by reviewing University ledgers/Cumulative Salary Reports. Utilizes excel based encumbrance accounting system for reconciliation process, in conjunction with Cognos (FRS) / UR Financials, Human Resources Management System (HRMS), and other diagnostic tools. Prepares and submits extra/incentive compensation as directed by the Chair and financial leadership. Reviews FTE staffing (full time equivalent) reports and prepares personnel forms/salary distribution changes for processing as needed. Updates effort projection workbooks on a routine basis and identifies upcoming payroll changes required. Tracks submission of payroll action forms and ensures HRMS system appropriately reflects planned distributions. Prepares and analyzes budget and FTE modifications in accordance with operational changes.

25% Reconciles non-salary expenditures by reviewing University ledgers, Requests For Payment, Employee Expenses Reports and other supporting documentation. Utilizes excel based shadow system for reconciliation process, in conjunction with Cognos (FRS) / UR Financials, HRMS, and other diagnostic tools. Ensures transactions are in accordance with sponsor, university and departmental policies. Investigates any discrepancies and take corrective action as needed including preparation of journal entries. Provides procurement support to assigned Divisions as needed, applies understanding of procurement and payment policies and internal controls to ensure best practices are utilized.

20% Participates in the annual operating budget and capital budget submissions. Prepares budget reports to distribute to divisions and creates templates and table to assist with managing budget variances and business improvement plan activity. Participates in variance reporting and analysis on a monthly basis. Liases with institutional finance offices of department financial performance and budget submissions and modifications. Creates new reports to target departmental strategic initiatives and financial objectives.

5% Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting and three years of professional accounting experience; or equivalent combination of experience and training required.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with keen attention to detail and value of data integrity.

  • Positive customer service attitude with strong communication skills, including written communication.

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.

  • Shows initiative and resourcefulness in managing priorities and takes responsibility for accomplishing his/her own work while maintaining confidentiality of information.

  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheet development experience; Visual Basic and spreadsheet modeling experience a plus.

  • Experience with UR accounting and payroll procedures preferred. CLASP certification preferred - candidate lacking this certification will attend classes upon hiring and is required to successfully obtain certification.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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