Accounting Specialist

Job description

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 Title:

Accounting Specialist


UNT-Financial Aid-164860

Job Location:


Full Time/Part Time:


Department Summary:

The Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) department is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals by providing financial guidance and assistance within the guidelines of regulatory requirements. Through educational endeavors and student outreach, SFAS remains a vital contributor to UNT’s enrollment success.

Position Overview:

The Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) department at the University of
North Texas is seeking to hire an Accounting Specialist to join our Accounting Team.
This professional work position is responsible for performing bookkeeping and accounting tasks in maintaining fiscal records for a department or within a fiscal office. This position is responsible for classifying, posting, balancing financial records and operating reports.
An employee in this class is responsible for setting up and maintaining controls and
records of materials, personnel, and financial transactions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in finance, business accounting or related field or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Working knowledge of accepted accounting practices, legal statutes, and policy
and procedure affecting financial record keeping.
• Working knowledge of cost and audit accounting.
• 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.
• Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of others.
• Ability to utilize job-related software to perform assigned duties and

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
  • Knowledge of Federal and State rules and regulations related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
  • Customer service experience in multiple settings.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • The physical ability to sit at a computer for long periods of time.
  • Ability to problem-solve and make decisions.
  • Skill in composing routine letters and preparing reports.
  • Skill in recording and compiling material for reports.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excel and Data Analysis experience.

Required License / Registration / Certification:

As a condition of hire and continued employment, must be in good standing on all
federal student loans and must grant permission for the office to access the National
Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to verify such standing.

Work Schedule:

8-5, M-F. Overtime as required.

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO 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 Title:

Accounting Specialist

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Kneeling, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Ability to communicate


Gathers and analyzes information and data for internal/external reports. Compiling, verifying, and auditing records for accuracy; receiving, classifying, posting, balancing, and recording disbursements of financial transactions; transmitting and receiving electronic data.


Assume accountability for and maintaining knowledge of Federal, State and Institutional guidelines and regulations which include reading, interpreting, evaluating, training and proposing recommendations for office operations.


Counsels and educates students, families and staff regarding federal, state and institutional
policies, procedures and regulations. Counseling and routing incoming inquiries
regarding financial aid processes, aid program availability, and ineligibility for aid.


Responsible for the reconciliation of Federal, State, and Institution programs as assigned and assisting with other accounts. Reconciles accounts and balances monthly, quarterly and end of year. Research accounting records, resolve problems and make corrections.


Maintains and applies knowledge of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) Policy Manual and procedures and keeps abreast of information that impacts the functioning of the SFAS department through the reading of related literature and by attending and participating in meetings.


Acts as consultant on accounting matters to staff, administrative, supervisory, or technical
employees. Assists with developing procedures, training materials and providing training related to specialized tasks/projects. Assist Accounting Coordinator with job duties when needed and serve as back-up.


Accessing, utilizing and updating information into the PeopleSoft system, ImageNow,
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), Common Origination & Disbursement
Web Site (COD) and FAA access.


Responsible for preparing and/or approving weekly and monthly draws for Federal and State programs. Assist with fund management of accounts. Inform departments of declining balances, revised or cancelled work-study awards, and when students are eligible for work-study rather than hourly student job. Serve as a contact for departments and review/approve ePar requests for work-study positions.


Work with Federal loan servicers and state to identify students and utilize monthly Default Reports. Identify loan borrowers with delinquent loans and borrowers in grace, prepare and send communications. Council students on repayment, default aversion, responsible borrowing and financial literacy. Review checklists and set Negative Service Indicators on student accounts monthly.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time