Accountant 2

University of Oregon
Campus Planning & Facilities Management

Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance, Construction/Planning

Department: Campus Planning & Facilities Management - Design & Construction
Classification: Accountant 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $21.32 - $32.64 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Position closes January 21, 2019

Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position applicants must submit a complete application. Complete applications must include an online application, a cover letter and resume that specifically addresses how the candidate meets the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position, and answers to all three of the following supplemental questions:

1. Describe your experience monitoring, updating, and reconciling accounts and preparing fiscal reports. Indicate if you have experience accounting for capital construction projects.

2. Describe your experience using computer software to maintain accounts and to create, track, analyze, and report data. Indicate the software with which you are proficient.

3. This position requires strong oral and written communication skills. Describe your experience preparing written documents and explaining accounting and other financial information to non-financial staff and faculty. Describe experience that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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Department Summary
Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. The units of CPFM strive to provide excellent customer service to the University of Oregon campus and operate with the highest professional standards, communicating and collaborating with customers to support the stewardship of the campus.

The Office of Design and Construction (D&C) works closely with Facilities personnel, faculty, and staff across campus to deliver successful, budget-conscious projects. Project sizes range from under $50,000 to over $100M. Project types include small departmental moves, interior renovations, new building construction, and many different types in between.

Position Summary
The purpose of this position is to prepare timely, meaningful and accurate capital construction and project fiscal reports. The Accountant 2 will provide fiscal management information, guidance and recommendations for projects to the Project Management Team, Business Operations Manager, Project Managers and the Director of Design and Construction. This position must make decisions as to the materiality of fiscal information, troubleshoot accounts and systems to identity and resolve problems, and respond to complex, technical requests, for fiscal status or information. The position will have contact with internal and external entities and will coordinate accounting transactions and reconciliations providing required information.

The Design and Construction program involves major repairs and remodeling or construction of new buildings on campus, acquisition of land, and demolition. If work is not processed accurately, it could create liability for the University of Oregon.

This position requires a commitment to the university’s affirmative action equal opportunity goals and plans and the diversity plans of the university and Design and Construction. This position requires a commitment to maintain the highest ethical standards within the department and university.

Responsibilities include:

• Overseeing all accounting functions related to Design and Construction Projects
• Participating in year-end closing process with Design and Construction Accounting Team
• Submitting reimbursement requests for all reimbursable bond funded projects to the U of O Treasury office
• Assisting with processing and inputting accounts payable into Banner for payment

Interactions/contacts occur daily with the campus community in the course of performing work and responding to emergencies.

The Accountant 2 is required to make decisions with regard to information given to contractors, architects, engineers, departmental contacts, and management. This position is required to identify allowable versus unallowable costs on all project funding types.

Work is reviewed by the Design and Construction Business Operations Manager. Work is reviewed by periodic spot check of documentation and annually in a performance appraisal. Work is reviewed to maintain a high level of accuracy and responsiveness.

Guidelines are used to correctly classify and account for expenditures related to the project funding source, to perform a variety of accounting reconciliations, adjusting, reporting, and recommending/executing duties, to provide information as the basis for decision making, and to ensure duties are performed in an appropriate and compliant manner. Guidelines include Financial Administration Standard Operating Manual (FASOM), UO policies and procedures, Administrative Rules, Oregon Revised Standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Government Standards Accounting Board (GASB), and UO policies and procedures.

Essential Personnel
This unit provides essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree with a CPA or PA certificate and three years of accounting experience*; 
• Bachelor's degree with 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of accounting courses and three years of accounting experience*; 
• 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.

Professional Competencies
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it
• Pay close attention to detail
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude
• Model the highest ethical standards
• Provide superior customer service

Preferred Qualifications
• Banner knowledge and experience in the financial module
• Knowledge, work experience, and understanding of construction administration practices
• Knowledge of differing funding streams
• Knowledge of construction accounting and auditing preferred

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union. 

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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