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University of Rochester Staff Accountant - 225217 in Rochester, New York

Staff Accountant

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Sch Engineering & App Sci

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Electrical & Computer Engg



8 AM-5 PM



The Staff Accountant for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) supports the financial operations of the department under limited direction of the Senior Accountant and Assistant Chair. Enforces and complies with University, third-party, state (NYS/CEIS) and federal (NIH, NSF, DOD) policies, guidelines and regulations while monitoring all ECE accounts. The incumbent must possess a positive, helpful attitude in dealing with faculty, staff, students, and external constituents. He/she is expected to perform professional accounting work at an operating level requiring knowledge and application of general accounting theory, techniques and practices and knowledge of the University accounting system. He/she should be well-organized and an independent worker able to function in a department with a high volume of transactions. ECE has an active research program in addition to numerous departmental and endowment accounts numbering well over 100 accounts at any given time. Work closely with the Sr. Staff Accountant and Assistant Chair on gathering and interpreting data and presenting the information to the Department Chair.


With general direction and with latitude to exercise independent judgment within established UR policies and federal regulations:

Fiscal Responsibilities:

Ensure accuracy of the UR GEMS encumbrance system; monitors encumbrances to ensure completeness and accuracy of data and compliance with University and sponsored program guidelines, policies, regulations. Reconcile monthly ledgers for all accounts; initiates and resolves discrepancies between ledgers and GEMS (reallocations & transfers). Examine documents to ensure that transactions are properly supported in accordance with the respective funding sources. Oversee the financial aspects of sub-award agreements with other institutions. Work closely with CEIS in the financial oversight of ECE accounts held in CEIS.


Provide Senior Accountant and faculty with monthly obligation reports and communicate problems or issues identified to solve them. Perform monthly cost sharing certifications required by ORACS. Review, prepare and submit grant financial closeout reports to the Office of Research Accounting and Costing Standards to comply with sponsor rules and regulations. Compile and analyze data with charts and graphs to present to Assistant Chair and Department Chair.


Take the lead role in maintaining the departments┬┐ annual UR Space survey to ensure regulatory compliance. Maintain CLASP certification to ensure grants are managed within sponsor guidelines. Recommends improvements, adaptation and changes in policy and procedures in the accounting process as needed. Serve as the primary fiduciary officer of the department in the absence of the Assistant Chair and Sr. Accountant. Perform other duties as assigned by Chair, Asst. Chair, and Sr. Accountant.


Requires Bachelor's degree in accounting and 1 year experience as a staff accountant; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong Excel skills a must. Knowledge of OMB Circulars A-110 and A-21 strongly desired. Knowledge of COEUS, Cognos, URGems, HRMS, etc. desired.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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