Accountant, Grants & Payroll (Sierra Vista, AZ)

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College of Applied Sci & Tech

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Sierra Vista


Sierra Vista, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona's College of Applied Science and Technology is seeking an Accountant position to manage sponsored accounts and assist grant PI's with financial grant management, and to also be the college's point of contact for payroll assistance. CAST is seeking a candidate with grant financial management and payroll experience. This position will assist grant managers balance grant budgets and manage sponsored accounts. This position will also assist college employees with payroll questions and payroll accounting. Financial accounting knowledge, independent critical thinking and decision making, and the ability to work with little or no supervision are critical to this position.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

Performs detailed accounting assignments requiring a basic knowledge of accounting theory and principles. Work is subject to general review by senior accounting personnel. Provides specialized or general analysis support in various accounting functions like A/R, A/P, Payroll, cost accounting, etc. Reviews and analyzes journal vouchers, accounting classification and other accounting/financial statements.

Assists higher level accountants in a variety of accounting assignments like taking trial balances, preparing P&L statements, computing and distributing labor.

Provides pre-award and post-award support related to grants management, proposal review and preparation, administration, and financial activities, including reporting, financial projections, financial reconciliation, procurement, and accounting services.

Collaborates with Principal Investigators and Program Managers to ensure compliance with regulations, terms and conditions and sub award/subcontracting issuance and administration.

Provide guidance and support regarding financial and business transactions for grants/contracts/MOUs including any necessary position distribution changes as well as SET’S.

Works directly with Program Managers to maintain and reconcile accounts monthly with University systems in accordance with University and College policies and procedures.

Works directly with Program Managers to prepare budget changes for assigned accounts/projects.

Work directly with PI and Program Managers to ensure that all required effort reporting is completed on time.

Upon receiving award, communicates with PI, Program Managers and other personnel regarding terms, conditions and budgets related to ongoing administration of grants and contracts.

Assist in the coordination of financial activities between project partners.

Communicate timely with all parties involved to avoid/address issues.

Oversee and manage payroll for the college.

Train employees and supervisors for the college on time entry and time approval.

Serve as the main point of contact for college staff and faculty regarding payroll questions and issues.

Ensure all payroll is submitted and approved prior to required deadlines.

Communicate payroll updates, changes, and deadlines to the college.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
Minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with grant accounting and payroll processing. Experience with UA enterprise system such as UAccess Analytics, Financials, Research, and Employee. Experience with FLSA laws. Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$37,506.00 - $45,000.00

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Chuck Smith, [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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