Accountant (Financial Aid/Sponsored Awards)

Position Description

The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for the position of Accountant- Financial Aid & Sponsored Awards.

The University – the first four-year public institution of higher education in the city – seeks an individual who will help shape the character of a 21st century, teaching-focused university. Candidates should be able to express enthusiastic support for the mission of the university to transform the lives of students, families and communities by providing high-quality, student-focused education in preparation for tomorrow’s careers, and its vision to create the place of choice where students are inspired to learn, faculty are inspired to teach and the community is inspired to support. For more information about the university, go to www.untdallas.edu.

The accountant is responsible for financial aid account reconciliations and draw requests while following audit standards, and generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, this position is responsible for processing or approving direct charges to Sponsored Awards. The position should be knowledgeable of OMB Uniform Guidance, sponsor’s regulations and University of North Texas Dallas’ (UNTD) Policy and Procedures or able to rapidly assimilate. The position will communicate requirements and procedures to Principal Investigators and administrative staff. The position will ensure all required documentation is received for Sponsored Award expenditures. Work is performed under general supervision by the Director, Grants and Reporting.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Financial Aid

  • Reconcile existing federal, state and institutional fund expenditures.
  • Book and match federal awards on a timely basis.
  • Research and analyze data that will assist in applicable forecasting of fund expenditures for the upcoming award year.
  • Assist the Director of Financial Aid with all reconciliations required by both internal and external parties.
  • Assist the Director of Financial Aid with creation and management of SF Item Types.
  • Assist with Scholarship and Financial Aid audits; both external and internal.
  • Assist with policies to keep UNT Dallas current with U.S. Department of Education regulations.
  • Perform the Return of Title IV Funds calculations.
  • Assist on special projects and other duties as assigned.

Sponsored Awards

  • Prepare or approve requisitions, payroll activity forms, travel forms and journal entries for Sponsored Awards in accordance with OMB Uniform Guidance, Sponsor’s regulations and UNTD Policy and Procedures Make revisions as necessary to conform to generally accepted accounting principles and UNTD procedures.
  • Report inconsistencies and recommend changes to policy or procedures to clarify and/or avoid non-compliance and disallowances which could result in loss of revenues to UNTD.
  • Counsel Principal Investigator (PI) on budget change needs, allowable and allocable charges and alternative approaches to funding expenditure needs.
  • Follow-up with PI near end of project for items that appear to be missing from expenditures compared with budgeted expectations.
  • Assist on special projects and other duties as assigned.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and two years of experience working with scholarship and financial aid reconciliations; or any equivalent combination of experience, education, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of (or ability to rapidly assimilate and retain) University operating procedures, organization and policies Thorough knowledge of business principles, practices and techniques Computer literacy in MS Office (Excel, Word and Outlook) and Windows is required Considerable knowledge of electronic information systems and accounting systems Ability to work accurately with numerical detail consistently and to perform financial operations legibly Ability to keep complex records; to assemble and organize data of complex nature, and to prepare and submit reports in acceptable formats.
  • Ability to read and analyze fiscal management information and to assist in formulating solutions to problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing). A strong customer service orientation is essential.
  • Must be self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Must possess strong problem solving skills, with the ability to be resourceful, proactive, and seek assistance as needed.
  • Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Experience using PeopleSoft and Hyperion query and reporting Experience working in higher education and/or Texas state agency Considerable knowledge of U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding federal financial aid programs and required reconciliations.

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