Senior Accountant at University of Iowa

Posted in Other 27 days ago.

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa





Job Description:

University Benefits is seeking a Senior Accountant responsible for helping to maintain accounting control for the University of Iowa Insurance and Retirement programs.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Financial Reporting
  • Prepares assigned financial information for unit budget. Prepares accounting reports for sub-units as needed.
  • Provides oversight and completes monthly reconciliations for Benefit accounts (insurance and retirement).
  • Prepares assigned complex monthly financial reports for Benefit financial activity (i.e. Salary/Expense, Insurance (Health/Dental); Cash flow for identified accts., Spending Accts).
Financial Analysis and Planning
  • Perform analysis of insurance and retirement retro-activity.
  • Prepare specialized reports during audit periods or upon request. Financial systems are used on a regular basis.
  • Prepares specialized reports that may involve establishing new processes.
  • Uses extensive knowledge of financial systems in analysis and planning.
Compliance with Policies, Regulations, Laws, and Operational Oversight
  • Knowledge of GAAP accounting standards.
  • Must follow all federal government and IRS rules and regulations when adjusting paychecks.
  • Contribute to recommendations and implementation of new policies/procedures; interpretation of existing policies/procedures.
Transaction Processing
  • Initiates and makes necessary original and correcting journal entries. Initiate, review and approve complex transactions regarding Benefit program accounts.
  • Completes assigned billing functions for benefit programs.
Education Requirement
  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience Required
  • 1-3 years of accounting experience
  • Clearly demonstrate a working knowledge of and proficiency with each of the following:
    • General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the ability to apply them appropriately
    • Ability to gather, interpret, and draw accurate conclusions from financial data
    • Ability to create and maintain accurate and thorough financial reports
    • Communication techniques and relationship building skills that enable the ability to communicate with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Clearly demonstrate extensive knowledge of and proficiency with each of the following:
    • Processing a high volume of information with a high level of accuracy
    • All basic office support software including Microsoft Excel and Word
Desirable Qualifications
  • A working knowledge of and proficiency with:
    • A relational database (e.g. MS Access)
    • Automated financial and accounting systems (e.g. General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivables, E-Deposits, etc.)
  • Extensive knowledge of and the ability to respond to audits to ensure organizational compliance
  • Experience and knowledge with University policy 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 Whitney Bell at Whitney-Bell@uiowa.edu .

Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check. 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.