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Accountant I

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
Bursar’s Office
Job Title – Accountant I
Position #00003161– Requisition 20856

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The Bursar’s Office has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Accountant I 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.

Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver provides a vibrant, urban research university experience, with academic programs ranging from the liberal arts and sciences to global energy management, music industry studies and criminal justice among eight schools and colleges. The classroom extends into the city as students study, network and build careers in the surrounding business district. CU Denver unites quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, civic consciousness and driven students—all in the lively setting of downtown Denver. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here

CU Denver

The University of Colorado Denver is a public research university serving more than 14,000 students. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges. 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.

 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.

Position Emphasis

The CU Denver Bursar’s Office supports the academic and administrative mission of the institution and is responsible for administering all student accounts receivable and student payments, processing all departmental cash receipts and overseeing all federal and institutional loans, including related reporting and collection activities. Annual billings for tuition and fees are approximately $170 million.

This position performs accounting and financial functions in the Bursar’s Office. The primary function of this position is to reconcile student financial transactions from source systems to the University’s general ledger. Discrepancies must be researched and resolved timely. This position also assists in ad hoc requests from management and performs month-end and fiscal year-end accounting tasks as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

    Analyze Bursar bank statements and custodial ledgers (including tuition receivables, refund clearing, etc.) to identify lingering items, erroneous transactions, and other issues. Resolves discrepancies with university staff and/or bank representatives. Determine and review appropriate activity reports for various Bursar functions at both the Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus.Provide technical accounting support for the Bursar Office. Creates and reviews reconciliations for accounting functions: student postings, student adjustments and check reconciliations. Prepare monthly Stale Dated checks report in coordination with FASO according to established procedures.Performs month-end, quarter-end, and fiscal year-end accounting tasks such as conducting internal reviews of the Bursar’s Office and financial operations system for any inaccuracies. Review processes and monthly and yearly accounting procedures to ensure the accuracy of postings. Completes all journal entries for the Bursar’s Office.Research unapplied balances and determines the reason for non-application of payment. This position performs general top-level reconciliations between CU-SIS records and general ledger balances, identifies any unapplied or outstanding balances in CU-SIS sub-system, and works with the Bursar’s Office to correct the identified unapplied balances and resolve outstanding balances.Compile reports to inform the Bursar’s Office management of CU-SIS issues uncovered during the cycle and recommend a resolution to assist in procedural changes to mitigate future issues.Processes all returned bank items (online and paper checks). This includes payments made by students or deposited by departments. Ensures the correct student number or correct speed type and account number is charged. Email students or departments informing them of a returned bank item. Processes a journal entry if needed at the end of each month to ensure that the accounting system properly records returned checks. Places service indicator for a returned item on student accounts.Prepare daily Cash Reports for Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver Campus, verify transactions processed in Cashiering System are accurate, and match with what cashiers have collected in cash, check, and credit card payments for the day.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business needs. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits: The approximate annual salary range for this position is $47,000 - $50,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, business administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution with 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing.


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 that yields a working knowledge of the University of Colorado’s accounting system.

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standard pronouncements. 
  • 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 with the ability to maintain excellent customer service to various campus departments.
  • Attention to detail and sound judgment.
Additional Competencies

    Excellent analytical skills are essential in order to properly perform various reconciliations and analyses.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to collaborate with varying levels of authority.

Job Category: Finance and Accounting
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 14, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time