Oregon State University Accountant 2 in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P01008CT


This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 2 position for the Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University.

The Arts & Sciences Business Center provides full financial services to the College of Education (CoEd), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), College of Science (COS) and University Honor’s College (HC). These make up the majority of all student credit hours offered within the University and constitutes the majority of University graduates annually. The combined instructional and research budgetary oversight for the Business Center is greater than $90M per year in E&G, Gifts, Grants and Contracts, and Foundation funds.

The purpose of this position is to assist the Arts & Sciences Business Center and other professional staff in processing, maintaining, and reviewing official financial records of various customers of the Center, including schools within the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, and the University Honors College.

This position plays a critical role by providing projections, fiscal analysis, interpretations, planning and review for all financial aspects of various units under the Business Center’s responsibility. The Accountant 2 serves as financial advisor to the Deans, Directors and faculty on an extensive range of activities encompassing, but not limited to, the instructional programs including Extended Campus, administration of research grants and contracts, and administration of all Foundation and Special Project accounts, ensuring compliance with accounting standards and responding to special accounting problems.

Participates in all phases of budget preparation and subsequent re allotments and quarterly forecasts of funds for CoEd. Regularly reviews accounting and payroll records for accuracy to maintain fiscal integrity. This position approves the use of the appropriate index and additional account codes for various financial transactions, determines the type of reporting to provide departments to ensure the clearest fiscal picture, and what procedures to follow to establish a clear audit trail. This position must determine the best accounting processes to maintain auditability of transactions; and provide comprehensive analyses to provide adequate information for managerial decisions.

Reviews a wide variety of accounting and fiscal activities to analyze account relationships and information exchanges among programs; refines system methods, procedures, and controls to improve data flow, audit trail, and compliance with accounting standards; devises forms and updates to procedure manuals; works with centralized accounting system staff where applicable to solve problems and insure proper system operations; makes recommendations to supervisors for system modifications such as improved data collection or report generation and prepares formal studies of existing accounting methods.

Participates in troubleshooting Payroll and Purchasing processes.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

Bachelor’s degree with a CPA or PA certificate and three years of accounting experience, OR Bachelor’s degree with 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of accounting courses and three years of accounting experience; OR 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of college-level accounting courses and five years of experience.

*Accounting experience must include at least 6 of the following:

-documenting and resolving problems within an accounting system; -classifying revenues and expenditures to funds and accounts; -ensuring accounting system conforms with applicable controls; -reconciling accounts to general or control ledgers; -preparing journal vouchers; -applying accounting principles to one or more functional areas; i.e., AR, AP, etc.; -tracing errors through accounting system; -processing data using a computer; -communicating technical material orally and in writing; -applying computer report information; -knowledge of governmental and fund accounting; -applying PC spreadsheet, database, and word processing software.

Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses. All courses must be from accredited colleges, universities, or private vocational schools.

Requirements :

Accuracy, attention to detail, and an understanding of basic accounting tenets.

Ability to multi-task in a busy, fast-paced office environment with frequent interruptions.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal with sensitive materials.

Ability to apply knowledge, thinks independently, and uses organizational & analytical skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Experience entering, approving, compiling, and reporting financial information.

Experience communicating policies and procedures to various audiences and in various formats.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Salary (Minimum): $3623

Salary (Maximum): $5546