University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Accounting $42,000 yearly

Job Reference #: 18000408

The University Shared Services Accountant performs and coordinates day-to-day accounting and finance activities in the University Shared Services department.  Position will also be responsible for working with assigned departments to perform financial business activities in an environment of excellent customer service. The position will use accounting skills to perform financial support functions for the departments, provide departments with accurate and timely information to make decisions, and ensure efficient transaction processing.

Duties Included:
  • Develop and adhere to unit processes to ensure Procurement Card purchases comply with University/Departmental policies and procedures during reconciliation process.
  • Maintain all procurement, travel and cash handling data systems.
  • Review and monitor key performance indicators as determined by the department and customers served.
  • Create travel reimbursements; review all travel requests to ensure that expenditures and reimbursements are in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations; process payments and reimbursements as appropriate.
  • Initiate requisitions to procure goods and services at the direction of others.
  • Initiate eVouchers, eDeposits, reconcile procurement card vouchers and create travel expense vouchers.
  • Provide knowledge and expertise to University Shared Services customers on the appropriate interpretation of policies and procedures.
  • Ensure University master agreements are utilized. 
  • Coordinate with central finance on the interpretation and communication of finance policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Work with the University Shared Services Manager to resolve problems related to financial transactions.
  • Process orders and expenses through financial systems and determine appropriate account and funding for payment.
  • May perform basic, limited and primarily routine analysis. Prepare routine, standardized reports following pre-established processes. Use basic to moderate knowledge of financial systems.
  • Determine and follow university travel, accounts payable, purchasing, cash handling and bid procedures, contracts, and federal regulations to ensure appropriate purchases are made. Create catalog and inventory orders using university procurement tools.
  • Obtain and verify information regarding sourcing and acquisition options at the request of others.
  • Coordinate with University Shared Services management on the interpretation and communication of finance policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Review and recommend changes to department and USS procedures to ensure compliance with policy; prepare and update procedural manuals and related instructional materials.
  • Serve as a resource to department staff and faculty to ensure compliance with policy.  Including the review of expenditures.
  • Assist with the preparation of accounting reports and other financial information for other units.
  • Participate in department meetings and events to maintain knowledge of the department and relationship with the faculty and staff.  Attend regular meetings, training sessions and professional development workshops/seminars to keep current on policies and procedures relevant to position responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers and customers; constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or supervisor.
  • Represent the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and strive to promote continual process and quality improvement.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance one’s own knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Education Requirement:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Experience Required:
  • Minimum 6 months related accounting experience.
  • Must be proficient in computer software applications/demonstrated competence with Microsoft Excel and Word. A work sample will be given to interviewees either before or at the time of interview to assess Excel skills.
  • Candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, including experience providing excellent customer service.
  • Good organizational and analytical /statistical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Automated accounting or financial systems
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft Financials
  • Familiarity with ePro, ProTrav, and APPO systems
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures

Please attach a Resume and Cover Letter as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Dani Weber at

Job ID: 65890

Posted 14 days ago

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