Senior Principal Accountant

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UNT System Overview

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting TitleSenior Principal AccountantDepartmentSYS-UNTD Controller-926220Job LocationDallasFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeSalary InformationCommensurate with ExperienceDepartment Summary

The University of North Texas Dallas Controller’s department is seeking to hire a Senior Principal Accountant to join our team.

Position Overview

This position performs complex (journey-level) accounting work. Work involves preparing financial statements, records, documents, and reports. May specialize in some phase of accounting work such as federal funds accounting, property and equipment control, cost, payroll, budgeting, or bond servicing. May train others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance or a related field related field and five years of accounting experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of fiscal programs; of governmental accounting; of budget control methods, policies, and procedures; and of laws and regulations pertaining to financial operations.
• Thorough knowledge of accepted accounting practices, legal statutes, and policy and procedure affecting financial record keeping
• Skill in the use of office equipment, computers, and associated software applications.
• Ability to interpret and apply accounting theory, to plan and coordinate financial programs, to plan procedures and coordinate accounting operations, to interpret laws and regulations, to communicate effectively, and to train others.
• Skill in using office computer information systems to organize, store, manipulate and retrieve data.
• Effective communications skills both orally and in writing.
• Critical thinking skills.
• Ability to work accurately with numerical detail consistently and to perform accounting operations legibly
• Ability to analyze, consolidate, and present accounting data in clear concise form
• Demonstrated ability in coordinating and supervising the work of others

Preferred QualificationsRequired License / Registration / CertificationWork Schedule

M-F; 8 am – 5pm; overtime as needed

Driving University VehicleNoSecurity SensitiveThis is a security sensitive positionEEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification TitleSenior Principal AccountantPhysical RequirementsCarrying, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear Job Duties


Prepares financial statements, reports, schedules, and exhibits; prepares and audits general journal entries; and prepares and audits payment, cash, purchase, travel, and related vouchers.


Prepares periodic analyses of fund balances and expenditures; and prepares technical reports on payroll, estimates, cost data, and budget items.


Audits accounting and financial documents for accuracy and compliance with departmental policies and procedures and state and federal statutes.


Classifies, codes, posts, and balances financial and accounting documents and records.


Checks accounting operations in progress, and reviews and audits completed financial records for accuracy and conformance with legal and departmental procedures and regulations.


Maintains and determines the accuracy and reliability of agency accounting records, such as expenditure, fund, appropriation, expense and revenue collection records, and ensures agency assets are accounted for properly.


Maintains adequate records of expenditures, funds, appropriations, and expenses, as well as revenue collected and deposited.


Maintains systems and controls necessary to provide accurate accounts of expenditures and budget balances for agency programs.


Analyzes and recommends improvements, adaptations, or revisions to the accounting system and accompanying procedures.


Researches and reconciles discrepancies in accounts, bank statements, or appropriation balances; and reports findings.


Assists in planning procedures and regulations to control the disbursement of allocated funds and in preparing letters of instruction, manual revisions, and related forms as necessary.


May instruct staff on the maintenance of accounting records on expenditures and revenue collected, the posting of general ledgers, and the posting of journal entries and/or adjustments.


May approve and sign expense accounts and purchase vouchers submitted for payment.


May direct the maintenance of accounting records on receipts and disbursements in compliance with state and federal statutes, policies, and procedures.


May assist in planning accounting and administrative support work procedures.


May train others.


Performs related work as assigned.

Posting NumberS1218PPosition End Date (if temporary)Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuicklink for Posting Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • Doctorate
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 10/23/2020
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