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Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Accounting & Finance
Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023



Campus: Tempe


Job Description

Financial Services seeks an Accountant who: will act as an accounting liaison with Academic and Administrative departments within the University with respect to the processing of financial transactions, budgeting, and monitoring compliance with University policy and procedure and generally accepted accounting principles; prepares accounting reports and statements such as forecasts and variance analysis; reviews monthly financial reports; prepares journal entries; reconciles accounts; processes and approves accounting transactions in the University's on-line financial system; conducts monthly reviews with University departments to assess internal controls; prepares spreadsheets using Excel and demonstrates effective communication.

The successful candidate, not presently employed within Financial Services, will be paid a signing bonus of $750.00, and a $1,250.00 bonus after completing six months of employment with the department.

Job Family

Finance & Accounting

Department Name

FS Accounting



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$55,000 per year

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Prepares accounting reports and statements, such as detailed cost and financial analysis, forecasts and variance analysis.
  • Monitors revenue and expenses for departmental or unit accounts; ensures budgetary control and compliance with funding and reporting requirements, university policy, and standard accounting procedures.
  • Prepares Excel spreadsheets utilizing advance functions.
  • Assists in audits and prepares audit work papers.
  • Reconciles balance sheet accounts, cash, general ledger, and payroll transactions.
  • Answers policy and practice questions for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Prepares intricate journal entries and other accounting transactions for entry into a financial application.
  • Decides proper handling of financial transactions; approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and university regulations.
  • Keeps informed by researching and evaluating appropriate professional and related legal literature as assigned.
  • Provides accounting related training to campus and University personnel.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field AND one (1) year of professional accounting experience; OR, Five (5) years professional accounting experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.
  • Experience in preparing detailed financial reports and statements.
  • Experience in financial variance analysis.
  • Experience in using database software.
  • Experience in using Excel.
  • Experience in utilizing accounting software and performing account reconciliations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP and accounting principles.
  • Experience in a diverse, service focused environment.
  • Experience using automated on-line financial systems.
  • Experience using Microsoft applications.
  • Experience using automated on-line financial systems.
  • Experience in a high volume customer service environment.

Working Environment

  • Work in an office setting and use office equipment (i.e., computers, printers, copiers, calculators, telephones).
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time, travel moderate distances to perform work, use hands/fingers for repetitive motions.
  • Communicate.
  • Read-interpret written and oral instructions/directions.
  • May require lifting of items weighing up to 25 lbs.

Department Statement

Financial Services serves the university community in a professional, accessible, customer focused, efficient and innovative manner by timely processing financial transactions and providing accounting, financial management reporting, financial system training and treasury management services.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/az-resources.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU Financial Services will not be a sponsor for this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.