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Purpose of Classification:

Performs a broad scope of professional accounting activities requiring experienced, professional knowledge and application of accounting principles and practices. Performs a wide range of detailed/complex accounting and advisory functions pertaining to assigned fund area, accounts or department and assures day-to-day operations are carried out in accordance with established accounting principles, policies and objectives. Assigned function is relatively stable and well established.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Accountant Associate in that incumbents typically perform a wider variety of duties of greater complexity and diversity. Incumbents work relatively independently and exercise professional judgement within assigned function and lead other lower level staff. It is distinguished from the Accountant Senior in that incumbents usually consult the Accountant Senior for advice and assistance and are not responsible for a function as specialized or complex in interrelationships.

Examples of Duties:

  • Prepares standard accounting reports and statements and also non-standard reports and statements, such as detailed cost and financial analyses, forecasts and projections reflecting interrelationships of accounting data; prepares or assists in preparation of special accounting studies.
  • Interprets data and points out trends or deviations from standards.
  • Identifies informational needs of management and revises or refines account structures or data accordingly.
  • Prepares intricate journal entries, maintains complex ledgers, prepares detailed cost accounting information, and reconciles and analyzes reports and ledgers.
  • Decides proper handling of financial transactions; approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Provides solutions to problems presented by lower level staff and recommends changes to accounting system, methods or procedures to management, utilizing knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Interprets accounting data, analyzes reports and recommends action to be taken.
  • Advises and counsels on complex accounting matters to department and/or university staff.
  • Implements changes in procedures affecting assigned function.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and university regulations.
  • Reviews computer reports for errors or inconsistencies; investigates and corrects problem.
  • Keeps informed by researching and evaluating appropriate professional and related legal literature as assigned.
  • Provides training to campus users as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic leadership practices.
  • Skill in performing detailed numerical computations.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in the use of computer hardware and software.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field and one year of professional accounting experience; OR, Five years' professional accounting experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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