Accountant - Office of the Controller

USA, Denver, Colorado
Jul 14, 2017
University of
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Controller's Office manages the overall accounting, research accounting and treasury services operations of the University in accordance with Federal, State and University policy and procedure. This includes managing internal controls to mitigate risk; ensuring that the official accounting records of the University are up to date and accurate; safeguarding the assets of the University to minimize risk of financial loss; and developing and maintaining robust costing systems and reporting tools to provide high-quality financial information that supports the University's strategic management initiatives.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the financial accounting of the University's Plant Fund and Capital Projects. Regular duties involve closing out monthly activity, posting journal entries to the general ledger, and prepare month end reports. This position will work closely with both the Facilities department and the University Architects Office to help maintain accounting controls regarding capital projects. This position is also responsible for University's fixed assets accounting.

Essential Functions

  • Capital project accounting
    • Coordinate construction accounting and capital project reporting within the Controller's Office.
    • Reconcile plant fund accounts on a monthly basis.
    • Ensure all plant fund project expense is recorded in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Work with Project Management office to ensure construction transactions are complete and properly entered into the general ledger.
  • Process project fund setup and close requests, and book project fund transfer journal entries.
  • Project Cash Flow
    • Account for all cash activity related to capital projects and cash flows throughout the life of the capital project portfolio.
  • Prepare monthly plant fund and capital project cash flow reports for internal use as well as Finance and Budget committee presentation.
  • Fixed Assets accounting
    • Record fixed assets addition and disposal on monthly basis, review major monthly spending and ensure proper classification of fixed assets expense, perform quarterly reconciliation between General Ledger and Fixed Assets system, and record depreciation expense.
  • Develop and maintain the University's policy and practice regarding fixed assets.
  • Year End Activities
    • Ensure project cutoffs are met, and expenses are properly accrued.
    • Ensure all year end journal entries are made in a timely manner, including asset impairment calculation, expense capitalization for capital projects, and building depreciation.
    • Roll forward fixed assets work papers and reconcile year-end balance, prepare audit work paper related to fixed assets.
  • Maintain the University's Property Master of all properties owned and their characteristics to support ORSP and the University's reporting obligations under OMB A-21.
  • Assist with annual bond compliance filings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills; oral, written and report format.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to develop good working relationships with personnel in other departments.
  • Strong accounting background, attention to detail, ability to reconcile general ledger accounts.
  • Ability to develop and maintain complex spreadsheets.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to recognize, analyze and solve complex problems as they occur.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various accounting processes and identify root causes and areas of improvement.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Three years of accounting experience or degree in accounting, finance or business.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or business.
  • Advanced knowledge of excel.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Access database.
  • Capital project accounting and fixed assets accounting.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with supervisor.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions concerning this position, please contact Brandon Kendrick at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.