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Financial Specialist

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Accounting & Finance
Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Financial Specialist


Campus: Tempe

Financial Specialist

Job Description

Under the direction of the Manager of Policy & Compliance, the Compliance Specialist performs a broad scope of reconciliation and audit duties, to provide guidance to staff of the core business team in support of ASU policies and procedures. This position reviews the work of the business team from both a reconciliation and audit lens to ensure that EOSS business transactions are in compliance with established University goals, priorities, timelines, funding limitations, and/or other specifications.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail, possess exceptional organizational and customer service skills, and have the ability to work well in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

Day to Day- what this role does:
This position will be responsible for ensuring that reconciliation of all fiscal transactions, including PCards, Foundation, and processes in Workday, are completed in a timely manner and according to ASU deadlines. This person will supervise a team of at most three student workers who will assist with performing an initial review of the transactions, and ensure that all required backup documentation is included, highlighting any discrepancies or missing documents. The students will notify this position that the reconciled workbooks are ready for review. This position will perform a second review and investigate any missing documents, contacting EOSS business units as needed. This position is responsible for managing the workload of the student workers and jumping in to do initial reconciliations if and when the students are behind or unavailable, escalating any potential concerns of missing deadlines to the Manager of Policy & Compliance (who may request the Business Manager of the compliance and audit team to assist).

What’s in it for you:
Arizona State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes valuable employee benefits to enhance the total compensation of its staff. This package includes: (Click here to explore options)

  • Tuition Reduction Program for staff members, their spouses, and dependents, available on day one.
  • Low-cost health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.
  • Retirement program designed to promote long-term savings and provide income upon retirement.
  • Paid time for volunteer and professional development.
  • 10 Paid Holidays and competitive Vacation and Sick accruals each Pay Period.
  • Wellness program for preventative health education and screenings.
  • Disability and leave program for income protection.
  • Employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services.
  • ASU Discounts to sports/events along with discounts with ASU partnerships.
  • Flexible work arrangements are available in an alternative or hybrid schedule but will be based on the work and the needs of the university and department operations and pending leadership approval.

Currently hiring for the following shift: Monday – Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Family

Finance & Accounting

Department Name

EOSS Fiscal & HR Operations



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

$50,000 – $53,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Work independently and exercise professional judgement to serve as a knowledgeable and helpful resource.
  • Keep up to date on ASU and department policies and procedures to ensure accurate output and processing.
  • Assist with special projects, requiring problem solving, research and recommendation of next steps.
  • Provides solutions to problems presented by customers, colleagues and students; recommends changes to methods or procedures to management, utilizing knowledge of University policy and procedure to ensure accurate financial processing.
  • Advises and counsels on accounting and procurement matters to department and/or University staff.
  • Providing oversight and ensuring accuracy of the purchasing process within departmental units.
  • Assists with document retention and audit requests by gathering documentation and financial records.
  • Provide supervision to student staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND one (1) year of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of standard office and administrative practices
  • Experience using a financial system, human resource management system and reporting system in a higher education environment (Workday, PeopleSoft and Kenexa preferred)
  • Knowledge of ASU Travel policies and procedures, specifically with Concur
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Experience in accounting
  • Experience working with detailed financial and human resources reconciliations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Experience in customer service
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Ability to interpret, educate about and enforce University, divisional and department policy
  • Ability to perform detailed work in an open and shared work space.
  • Ability to supervise student employees.

Working Environment

  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Work collaboratively across various departments within the University as well as with diverse populations and groups
  • Use computers effectively – including inputting, reviewing and retrieving information, extended periods of viewing screen and using mouse and keyboard
  • Use critical thinking to make decisions and/or analyze data
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Walk throughout campus for meetings or events, regardless of the weather
  • Work collaboratively to achieve objectives
  • Climb stairs in locations with no elevator, such as with the mezzanine level of the MU, or Irish Hall
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs

Department Statement

Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) is committed to enrolling all qualified students at Arizona State University and assisting them in their academic success. EOSS provides a broad range of services and support to students and prospective students ranging from outreach efforts with K-12 schools, new student experiences for students and families, bridge programs to assist the transition to a university environment, and a wide variety of services, programs and activities for enrolled students. EOSS has direct responsibility for multiple departments across four campuses, some of which include the Dean of Students, Student Rights and Responsibilities, University Housing, Health Services, Counseling Services, Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services, the Unions and Centers, TRIO programs, Sun Devil Fitness & Wellness, Student Government, Student Media, Career and Professional Development Services, Access ASU and others.

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.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background 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.

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.