Accountant, Financial Reporting and Analysis
Description of Work Unit
Financial Reporting and Anaylsis is a unit within Business and Financial Services. Business and Financial Services exists to maintain and improve the processes which protect the financial integrity of Colorado State University, to provide periodic financial information to various users, to support University financial system users, to monitor transaction flow to assure compliance with Federal, State, and University laws, regulation, and policies, to analyze and interpret financial data as part of the overall control of University fiscal goals and concerns, and to formulate financial statements and reports in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Accountant – Financial Reporting & Analysis is responsible for confirming the University’s accounting information is properly reflected in the State’s system of record and maintain the accounting subsystem that facilitates the accounting, compliance, and reporting related to debt including bonds and certificates of participation.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepare annual financial statement worksheets for the University’s State reporting exhibits and financial statement workpapers.
- Collect, analyze, reconcile, and consolidate accounting transactions to close out the accounting month\quarter\year
- Coordinate the preparation of the footnote material contained in the CSU and CSU System (CSUS) annual audited financial statements
- Collect footnote information from various areas and consolidate that information into schedules for inclusion on the CSU and CSUS statements
- Prepare detailed workpapers for internal and external reports
- Ensure that all journal entries, workpapers, reports and work processes are thoroughly documented and that proper files are maintained in accordance with the University’s record retention policies
- Annually update all manuals and work process documentation related to this position
- Apply Business and Financial Services accounting quality standards.
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting or Finance. Must have completed Intermediate Accounting coursework.
- Strong computer skills with Microsoft Excel, Word and Access
- Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
- The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; Business and Financial Services will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Experience with current University systems: Kuali Financial System, State Financial System – CORE
- Experience in Bond reporting
- Experience with the various systems utilized by the University and how they interact
- Strong problem solving skills
- Ability to interact professionally with a diverse group including executives and managers
- A proven team player and individual contributor
- Advanced degree or CPA certification
- Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Financial Reporting Duty/Responsibility
- Produces quarterly/annual financial statement worksheets with supporting work papers by collecting, analyzing, reconciling, and consolidating accounting transactions to close out the accounting quarter/year.
- Prepares financial statement footnotes and state exhibits. Consolidates annual system financials and footnotes and prepares assigned “provided by client” (PBC’s) for the external auditors.
- Informs University users of accounting information by developing, creating, and preparing special monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting reports.
Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Debt Service and/or Plant Accounting Duty/Responsibility
- Responsible for reporting various debt service and/or plant accounting data into the University’s and State’s accounting systems. This will include all related reporting and reconciliation duties.
Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Compliance Duty/Responsibility
- Assures University compliance with reporting standards by examining and analyzing accounting transactions and applying current GAAP, statutes, and regulations. Prevents errors in the University’s and State’s accounting transactions by instructing accounting system users in accounting theory and practice, and on the capabilities of the University and State accounting systems.
- Assures compliance with University and State financial systems security requirements by reviewing, authorizing, and controlling entry of accounting data into accounting systems.
Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Reconciliations Duty/Responsibility
- Confirms that the University’s accounting information is properly reflected in the State’s system of record (CORE) by converting, analyzing, reconciling, and correcting University accounting information to conform to the format required by the State.
- Synthesizes data for a large, very complicated bank account by analyzing input from multiple sub-systems, researching discrepancies and coordinating correcting entries from payroll and banking personnel.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Quality Control Duty/Responsibility
- Ensures that all journal entries, work papers, reports and work processes are thoroughly documented and that proper files are maintained in accordance with the University’s record retention policies.
- Annually updates all fund manuals and work process documentation relating to this position. Applies Business and Financial Services accounting quality standards.
Percentage Of Time 15
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please include:
- Cover letter detailing how your experience meets the required and preferred qualifications
- An unofficial transcript of degree(s) is required for this position. The transcript(s) must reflect the required coursework in Intermediate Accounting (please highlight or mark the applicable courses). If you are providing more than one transcript, the documents must be combined and uploaded as one.
Please note that the references listed on the application must be professional in nature and include at least one current or former supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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