Madison, WI
Sep 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 92259-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Grant, Research, Contract Management

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 92259-AS

Working Title: Lead Accountant



FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: NOVEMBER 01, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $43,432 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree preferred in business, accounting, or related field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

A year or more financial or accounting experience is required. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the principles and practices of governmental accounting, including federal grants and GAAP, ideally in higher education accounting, is preferred.

Preferred skills:
Knowledge of developing budgets, including research budgets.
Knowledge of administrative systems at UW-Madison preferred. (WISDM, WISPER, HRS/JEMS).
In depth knowledge of State, UW and various funding agency rules and regulations regarding financial transactions.
Expertise in using Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Strong skills in office practices and procedures for record keeping, data collection/retrieval and work planning.
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision; exercise initiative and motivation, independent decision-making skills, and good judgment.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with faculty and staff. Ability to maintain good working relationships with Chair, Principal Investigators, faculty, administrator, staff, campus and division accounting services personnel, vendors, and donors.
Ability to problem-solve and participate in making fiscal decisions.
Ability to work with process stakeholders to create/develop, test, and apply innovative ideas and technology to various situations.
Ability to analyze financial data and make recommendations on expenditures for gifts and grants.

The position requires the understanding, application and monitoring of numerous, and sometimes conflicting, policies and procedures.

Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Department Manager and serving as a team lead for financial management, this position will provide fiscal management services for the Department of Computer Sciences. The position will be the primary lead responsible for fiscal management of University of Wisconsin Foundation (UWF) accounts and the related Department gift accounts, Department accounts, and Industry Fellowship and Scholarship accounts. This position will also provide direction on purchase orders and requisitions, and purchasing card oversight. The incumbent will also serve as back-up to the pre-award research administrator regarding pre-award activities in the department.


Lance Potter
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click on the Apply Now button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired in to an Associate Accountant, Accountant or SR Accountant title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Lance Potter at lpotter@wisc.edu or (608) 263-6759.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: Sep 29 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Oct 27 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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