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Accountant III

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 2136

Title: Accountant III

Department: General Accounting

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Financial Services

Job Sub-Family: Accounting, Budget & Finance

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 16

Grade Min: $65,866

Grade Mid: $79,040

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: N

Job Summary

The Accountant III serves as the lead Accountant and approves all entries prepared by UHD employees. The Accountant III collaborates with Accountant staff with the fiscal year-end processes and procedures and UHD's submission of the Annual Financial Report (AFR) and various State of Texas reports.

Duties

  • Ensures transactions related to cash and expend are reconciled with the university's general ledger; Prepares annual budget appropriations according to the State of Texas Legislature
  • Collaborates with Accounting staff concerning fiscal year-end processes and procedures and UHD's submission of the annual financial report (AFR) and various state reports. UHD, UHS, State reporting, special projects, including audits, system upgrades, implementations, etc.
  • Prepares for financial month-end and year-end close; approves journal entries; releases USAS batches.
  • Ensures State-funded payroll transactions are correct and posted, and payments for benefits are timely and accurate for year-end payrolls;
  • Performs payroll analysis and projections for the Budget Office to ensure the proper type of funds are available
  • Calculates the amount of statutory and designated tuition that is collected, ensures the required withholds are transferred, and the proper amounts are deposited into the state treasury

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • None

Delegation of Work:

  • May assign, schedule and monitor the work of staff

Supervision Given:

  • N/A

Qualifications

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Accounting, or a related field

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of related job experience

License/Certification:

  • None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, CPA is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the functions of USAS;
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the university as they pertain to the accounting function

Skills:

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Proficiency in using computer software, particularly MS Excel and PeopleSoft

Abilities:

  • Ability to establish budgets, make payments for the state, and check cash balances;
  • Ability to produce reports;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in an office environment

Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed in a typical, comfortable interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements;
  • Individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Integrity

  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

Dependability

  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.

Flexibility

  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Proficiency

  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Research and Analysis

  • Applies knowledge and skills to collect and analyze relevant data and information.
  • Assesses benefits and risks, and prepares comprehensive reports of findings.
  • Submits recommendations for management's review and evaluation.

Financial Management

  • Manages assigned financial resources in compliance with federal, State, and university policies and procedures.
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure they are authorized and within approved budget.
  • Reports accurate and reliable data of financial transactions and resources.
  • Promptly notifies management of budget issues and/or discrepancies.

Decision Making

  • Demonstrates the ability to make informed decisions in a timely manner.
  • Assimilates and/or secures relevant information to assess the risks and benefits of alternatives.
  • Considers impact of decision in the long and short term.

Computer/Automated System Proficiency

  • Proficient in the use of university applications or automated systems to perform job duties.
  • Complies with related policies, procedures, and work rules to maintain system security and data integrity.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Last updated 4/27/2022 6:09 AM