Accountant I

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
Finance Office
Job Title – Accountant I
Position #00001796 – Requisition #19369

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The Finance Office has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) entry level Accountant position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

CU Anschutz
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002. 

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here

Position Emphasis
This position performs accounting and financial functions in the Finance Office.  Primary responsibilities include reconciling campus termination and parental leave pool account, processing chartfield setup requests, reviewing journal entries, monitoring and reconciling various clearing accounts, identifying and correcting abnormal balance in financial statements, preparing financial reports, providing customer services related to accounting or finance issues to departments and assisting with month-end and year-end closing tasks.

Jobs in this career family provide the accounting and financial activities for the University.  Functions include general accounting, budget, financial analysis and audit, tax and reporting, accounts payable and receivables, government cost reimbursement, contract administration, cashiering, cash management/ banking, investments, treasury and travel audit.

Professionals at the entry level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field. 

At the entry level, duties are limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals and are performed in a training and development capacity.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the reconciliation of campus termination and parental leave pool account. This position performs the reconciliation under the Accounting Manager’s direction. The duties include verifying amounts posted to the pool with the separation form or the leave records from Employee Services, following up with departments to resolve discrepancies, processing payroll expense transfers to correct errors. The reconciliation should be completed in a timely matter and submitted to the Accounting Manager for review.
  • Processes requests from campus departments to set up chartfields in the University’s finance system. This position follows accounting principles and standard procedures including a matrix and decides what fund code the new activity belongs in, what the proper Expense Purpose Code (EPC) to be assigned to, and whether requested fiscal principal and manager hold sufficient positions to serve in such capacities. This position also identifies exception activities falling outside of the procedures or the parameters of the matrix and brings these requests to and discusses with the supervisor for the final determination.
  • Reviews journal entries based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), policies and supporting documentation.  For example, this position decides whether the accounting sign and related chartfield coding is correct and whether the supporting documentation adequately justifies the purpose of the entry. The position also determines if the journal entry is in compliance with GASB pronouncements, if any restrictions need to be considered, and whether the entry needs to be routed to additional personnel prior to approval in the general ledger.  This position must have the accounting expertise to determine if the journal will withstand audit.
  • Investigates and corrects abnormal financial statement balances. This position must determine the best method to identify and research transactions causing the abnormal balance. Supporting documentation is obtained and related campus departments are contacted as necessary to investigate the cause of the abnormality. This position must have knowledge of related accounting guidance and university policy to determine the appropriate corrective action.
  • Performs accounting tasks related to month-end, quarter-end or year-end closes. They include reviewing department’s accrued accounts receivable, processing payment vouchers to affiliates, preparing on-behalf payment accrual entries, and preparing Tobacco summery report and monitoring funding spending, etc. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Salary and Benefits:  Starting salary is $47,500.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in business administration, business, finance, accounting, or a directly related field from an accredited institution with 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing is required.
Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience at a Higher Education Institution or State of Colorado Agency. 
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft, the University’s accounting system.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and familiarity/knowledge of Access. 

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standard pronouncements.
  • Ability to follow standard written procedures in order to perform the duties.
Additional Competencies

  • Problem-solving and analytical skills in financial reconciliations.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

Job Category: Finance and Accounting
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 13, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/14/2020
Application Due: 10/21/2020
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