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Senior Accountant (Advanced)

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UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Controller’s Office, part of the Division of Finance and Administration, is responsible for processing all University disbursements, general ledger accounting, construction accounting, cash management, and fixed assets. The unit is responsible for the disbursement of all University funds (payroll and accounts payable) in accordance with University and state policies and procedures. This unit is also responsible for a myriad of financial reporting to federal and state agencies, including W-2 information, 941 information, and 1099information. This unit is actively involved in the implementation of new administrative systems including; problem resolution, training, report writing, and data conversion. The areas within this unit are: Payroll, Accounts Payable, Fixed Assets, Foundation Finance, Cashiers and Student Accounts, and Financial Accounting.
The primary purpose of Foundation Finance is to provide a full range of accounting and financial reporting services for the affiliated organizations that support the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This is critical to UNCG as well as the six affiliated organizations. Accurate financial reporting is required by management to make financial decisions within the organizations and the University.
Accuracy is also essential for maintaining compliance with Federal and State laws, board decisions, and donor-imposed restrictions.

Position Summary:

The Foundation Finance Senior Accountant is responsible for providing accounting for the affiliated organizations of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The affiliated organizations are The UNCG Excellence Foundation, The Weatherspoon Art Foundation, The Endowment Fund of UNCG, The UNCG Investment Fund, and the Capital Facilities Foundation. The Foundation Finance Senior Accountant will lead and direct the Foundation Finance team that provides support for the affiliated organizations. This position reports to the Assistant Controller for Operations. The Assistant Controller for Operations reports to the University Controller. The Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration serves as the Treasurer for the affiliated organizations.

The accounting support provided by the Senior Accountant includes specialized reporting on the Banner Finance and Art Management System, reviewing investment and custodian reports used in the preparation of unitized market ledgers for the University Investment Fund and the underlying ledgers for the participants in the Investment Fund, and preparation of reports for internal management utilizing Excel and Web focus. The Senior Accountant also assists with the annual audit by preparing audit schedules, running reports, and answering questions for the external auditors. The Senior Accountant will lead and assist in the implementation of Fundriver, a unitized endowment accounting solution.

Key Responsibilities:
15% – Lead and direct the Office of Foundation Finance team
15% – Specialized Reporting
40% – Complete Market Ledgers
20% – Prepare audit schedules and financial statements
5% – Serve as Financial Liaison
5% – Review Art Inventory System

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with 12 credit hours of accounting coursework; or Associate’s degree in accounting; or Associate’s degree in business or related discipline with 12 credit hours of accounting coursework; or equivalent combination of training and experience. all degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Higher Education and/or Endowment/Foundations experience
Proficient with Microsoft Office – particularly Excel Pivot tables

Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.
Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  1. Name,
  2. Company Name,
  3. Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic, or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  4. Email Address
  5. Contact Phone Number

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Org #-Department:

Office of the Controller - 56202

Work Hours of Position:

8 A.M - 5 P.M., M-F, minimal overtime expected

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Administrative & Managerial

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Key Responsibility:

Lead and direct the Office of Foundation Finance team.

Essential Tasks:

Monitor all bank account reconciliations and assure that correcting journal entries are completed the month following the discrepancy.
Review general ledgers for Capital Facilities Foundation, Excellence, Endowment, Weatherspoon Art Foundation, and UNCG Investment Fund (UNCGIF) on a monthly basis and perform account analyses as needed.

Lead and direct the Accountant. Analyze information to be sure it is entered correctly, at the appropriate time, and that reports are accurate.

Key Responsibility:

Specialized Reporting.

Essential Tasks:

This includes yearly management reports, budgets, and investment reports; and periodic user-friendly financials, cash availability, and total return analyses as well as surveys for various outside organizations. Assist Financial Reporting team during Thirteen Month for the blending of the foundations into the UNCG financial. As well as assist with the Foundation investment sections of the annual CAFR and University financial statements.

Knowledgeably prepare reports and analyses accurately and timely. Prepare financial information reports for board meetings sufficiently in advance to allow for review and distribution in advance of meetings. Complete surveys for outside entities that are complete and accurate.

Key Responsibility:

Complete market ledgers for UNCGIF, Excellence, Endowment, and Campus Ministries.

Essential Tasks:

Calculate and report on spending distributions and admin fees. Coordinate spending and related liquidations as well as disbursement to UNCG. Review and approve quasi transfer requests.

Complete and analyze market ledgers to ensure equitable distribution of earnings. Must be knowledgeable of restrictions and special circumstances. Market ledgers are to be completed within 5 days of receiving Custodian reports. Accuracy is critical. Liquidation/Disbursements are accurate and timely.

Key Responsibility:

Prepare audit schedules and financial statements.

Essential Tasks:

Prepare and explain schedules to auditors. Reconcile all funds, art inventory, gift shop inventory and verify that all balance with Banner. Prepare and analyze audit schedules. Must be able to explain to auditors in order to maintain an unqualified opinion for CFF, Excellence, Endowment Fund, and UNCGIF. Financial Statements must be completed timely and accurately. Manage the RFP process for the external auditors on an annual basis.

Key Responsibility:

Financial liaison with Advancement Services, Weatherspoon Museum, banks, and stockbrokers.

Essential Tasks:

Assist in obtaining the desired outcome in any areas of concern. Respond timely to requests for information and advice. Interact with Development Officers, Fiscal Agents, Stockbrokers, staff, and donors as needed to ensure gifts are handled properly.

Key Responsibility:

Review Art Inventory System.

Essential Tasks:

Monitor embARK system to see that all fixed assets are being properly accounted for.


Knowledge - Professional

Competency Description:

In-depth knowledge of accounting theories and principles and systems design. Ability to recognize complex and unique issues and develop resolution and/or consult with leadership in order to achieve resolution. Knowledge to consistently serve as a technical resource.

Ability to identify problems and changing requirements regarding management needs, auditing, fiscal procedures, account structures or reports, and accounting systems. Ability to make necessary modifications.

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Financial Monitoring & Analysis

Competency Description:

Ability to independently resolve complex problems for which no clear precedent exists within the current system or ability to implement new accounting structures. Ability to supervise resolution and/or implementation. May require the ability to design and implement organization and program-specific accounting procedures/systems. Ability to examine and analyze complex financial statements. Ability to institute changes based on findings.

Ability to research, analyze, and ensure implementation of new and/or changing accounting and reporting systems. Ability to provide training and consultation related to new systems and/or reporting methodology. Ability to ensure the development of related policies and procedures.

Ability to recommend actions or alternatives to be taken by management when accounting data discloses unfavorable trends or deviations or financial mismanagement.

Ability to make risk assessment of systems of internal control. May require the ability to approve improvements/changes to internal control systems.

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Decision Making and Problem Solving

Competency Description:

Ability to independently resolve and/or develop recommendations for unprecedented, complex issues and problems. Ability to serve as a resource for others in resolving unprecedented, non-standard issues and problems. Ability to anticipate problems and develop recommendations for management resolution.

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Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Competency Description:

Ability to convey concise, comprehensive, and accurate findings on matters of a complex nature in written form. Ability to provide conclusions and recommendations that are based on extensive professional knowledge and judgment.

Ability to convey issues of a complex nature in a clear, concise, and organized manner. May require the ability to consult and/or negotiate with senior management/external entities regarding funding levels, cost allocations, or related financial issues.

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Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - O, Holding - O, Finger Dexterity - F, Reading - F, Writing - O, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - C, Hearing - F, Talking - F, Sitting - F, Walking - R, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - R

Work Environment:

Inside - C, Overtime - R


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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