Account Finance

Accounting is concerned with the recording and provision of financial information for internal and external use and purposes. Finance is concerned with the process of raising capital from the financial markets and covers subjects such as the operation of the market for short- and long-term finance, sourcing the most appropriate form of capital, making good investment decisions within the University and calculating the cost of the capital the University employs. Together, accounting and finance lie at the heart of the University’s success.

Accounting Technicians perform clerical duties of a specialized nature involving a variety of practices, procedures, and routines in support of the maintenance of accounts and accounting records. They work covered ranges from simple, routine, and repetitive duties performed under general supervision to duties that are complex and highly diversified, performed under limited direction. The duties may include: maintaining or posting records in hard copy or automated systems; screening, reviewing, verifying, and coding accounting transaction documents; verifying and examining accounting records; correcting errors in posting entries, computations, and balances; reconciling balances, records, and documents; preparing summaries, statements, and reports; assisting in budgetary control; and serving as a resource to fiscal officers and support staff on appropriate policies and procedures. The duties may involve the use of electronic office equipment.
Employees in positions allocated to this series perform professional accounting work that applies a knowledge of the theory and practice of recording, classifying, examining, and analyzing data and records of financial transactions. The work is analytical, innovative, evaluative, and advisory in nature. The work draws upon and requires a knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and terminology of accountancy.
Under administrative direction, employees apply professional level accounting expertise in the management and/or administration of the University accounting program. Accounting Associates typically: provides leadership and direction in the resolution of complex managerial problems; provides direct and/or indirect supervision of professional level accounting and support staff; provides expert technical advice to management and administration on complex or controversial accounting issues; and provides administrative direction in the development of comprehensive accounting systems, policies and procedures and ensures compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
Employees in this series perform professional budgeting and analysis of fiscal operations. They review budgets, prepare and reconcile budget reports, maintain budget systems, design computerized budget systems, and analyze budget policies and procedures. Due to the nature of these positions, they are generally utilized in a central campus budget unit. The work requires a knowledge of fiscal management principles, budget theory, accounting theory, and computer applications.
Employees in positions allocated to this level of the series manage an institutional accounting program. Chief Accountant typically: directs the accounting operation with full management responsibility, including the development of Staff and establishment of goals and objectives for an institutional accounting program is responsible for developing, adapting, or revising an accounting system to meet the needs of the university; provides administrative direction in the preparation of annual reports and financial statements for the university administration, state and federal agencies, reflecting the status of the entire institution; provides administrative direction in the development and/or utilization of automated information; and systems within the accounting process which supplies needed data to be used in making administrative decisions maintains a successful working relationship with other employees, administrators, and the public and deals tactfully with controversial problems.