Coral Gables, Florida
Apr 02, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The University of Miami Facilities Operations & Planning Division is seeking a Sr. Accountant.


The senior accountant maintains financial records and ensures that financial transactions are properly recorded. This position safeguards the accuracy of entries to ledger accounts and reconciles subsidiary ledger accounts to the general ledger.


Prepares complex balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports.

Analyzes current costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses.

Oversees, mentors, and assists lower-level accountants.

Avoids legal challenges by complying with legal requirements.

Protects organization's value by keeping information confidential.

Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.

Prepares and records asset, liability, revenue, and expenses entries by compiling and analyzing account information.

Creates financial reports for taxes, regulatory agencies, and stockholders.

Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.



Bachelor’s degree in relevant field

Certification and Licensing:

Certification in relevant specialty or field


Minimum 4 years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting procedures and principles.
  • Knowledge of budget control methods, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare financial and accounting records.
  • Ability to analyze, consolidate, and interpret accounting data.
  • Ability to compile, organize, interpret, and communicate accounting data and results concisely.
  • Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.

Department Specific Functions

The Sr. Accountant reports to the Accounting Manager and supports areas of financial reporting and analysis within the Division of Facilities Operations and Planning with a primary focus on capital and capital renewal projects overseen by the departments of Construction, Planning, and Facilities Management and operational and labor expenditures contracted through Facilities Management. Responsible for ongoing analysis of construction project budgets, operational, cash flow, month/year-end closing, and account reconciliations. Maintains a positive working relationship with University staff, adheres and supports the University’s Common Purpose, DIRECCT Values/Behaviors, and Service Standards.

Assists in the development of the multi-million dollar, 5-year capital and capital renewal plans with the input of Construction and Facilities Management.

Develops and implements tracking policies and procedures as it relates to vendor contract administration.

Oversees, analyzes, and evaluates month-end financial and management reporting.

Assists in the preparation of the annual operating budget for the department.

Assists in the development of long-term financial planning for plant/capital funding projects.

Coordinates the fiscal year end closing process and capital project cost tracking.

Works with project management staff ensuring proper compliance with accounting procedures including reviewing and analyzing job cost estimates, and funding requirements.

Assists management in cost control measures and ensures cost saving options are implemented.

Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents and reports.

Assists Accounting Manager in any construction related audits.

Ensures compliance with established internal controls and recommends improvements.

Works closely with University Finance, AVPs and Directors of capital construction and deferred maintenance construction to establish and oversee project accounts.

Assists in compiling necessary financial documentation, as it relates to construction, for grant submittals.


The following sections capture the physical demands and working environment that are required for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

Conditions of extreme heat or extreme cold Never
Wet/Humid conditions Never

Fumes/Dust/Dirt/Smoke Never

Confined areas Never

High places Never

Equipment in motion Never

High noise levels Never

Environmental hazards Never

Exposure to TB Never

Exposure to Radiant Energy Never

Outdoor/Exposed areas Never

Equipment Used

Operate vehicles Never

Use hand tools Never

Use power tools Never

Physical Requirements

Sitting Frequently

Standing Frequently

Walking Frequently

Stooping/Climbing Occasionally

Carrying Occasionally

Kneeling Occasionally

Crouching Occasionally

Bending Occasionally

Crawling Never

Reaching Occasionally

Handling Occasionally

Sensory Requirements

Vision Constantly
Depth Perception Constantly

Color Vision Constantly

Peripheral Constantly

Concentration Constantly

Use of keyboard or touchscreen Constantly

Talking Constantly

Feeling Occasionally

Smelling Never

Apply online. Position #P00002358

The University of Miami is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. We are committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Come join us!


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