Accountant/Business Manager, Academic Affairs
Operating independently, while under the general supervision of the Provost, the Accountant/Business Manager oversees the management of financial funding strings and budget development processes for the units of the Provost’s Office and other units as assigned. The Accountant/Business Manager offers advice and consultation to the Provost and Chancellor to foster effective institutional finances, works closely and collaboratively with several university budget office personnel and serves as a resource for institutional fiscal policies and procedures. The Accountant/Business Manager is responsible for financial reconciliation and ensuring unit compliance with university policies and procedures.
A mentor will be provided to assist, guide and train for a minimum of six months upon hire.
Minimum / Required
- Associate degree with four years of experience or bachelor’s degree with two years of experience in business, finance or accounting
- Advanced knowledge of Excel
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent judgment including sensitivity to personal and confidential information
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team environment
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills collaborating with a diverse community.
- Ability to delegate and prioritize work
- Knowledge of Fund Accounting
- Knowledge of Data Base Query Tools
- Higher Education Experience
A. Serves as primary accounting and budgeting liaison for Academic Affairs and select units within the Chancellor’s Division.
- Maintains the Chart of Accounts (funding strings) for the assigned units and serves as an authorized approver on all assigned funding strings; Reviews funding strings for viability; opens, closes, and modifies funding strings, as necessary.
- Monitors, analyzes, and projects funding string revenue, expenses, and balances for a variety of funding sources, such as restricted, unrestricted, gift/donation, and grant.
- Plans expenditures within, reconciles and monitors allocations from the Stout University Foundation.
- Reviews and reconciles monthly detailed reports. Initiates appropriate actions if discrepancies are noted. Reconciles funding strings quarterly and presents quarterly financial review to the provost, and other unit directors as assigned.
- Serves as Provost’s contact person for billing and financial procedures and any related questions for state and federal agencies regarding service billings.
- Develops annual budget for assigned units. Analyzes the net effects of changes in the original budget submission and responds to respective administrators and the Budget Office. Inputs data into the UW System budget system ensuring data is reconciled with university targets.
- Allocates budget/FTE as approved by the provost. Documents position numbers and replacements.
- Develops the Summer Session/WinTerm budget, models and transfer of budgets as approved by the provost. Supervises summer contracts across campus and trains staff on associated procedures. Authorizes personnel for associated system use.
- Analyzes Recruitment and Retention budget reporting to UW System as requested.
- Suggests strategies or process improvements that maximize the uses of resources as an integral part of the institutional budget planning team. Develops recommendations for the provost regarding budget reallocations, reductions, and lapses.
- Advises administrators when requested of various budget/management actions required and initiates actions. Verifies availability of funds and oversees expenditure preparation for all funding strings. Advises the Provost regarding expenditures related to appropriateness and fund availability.
- Audits positions for appropriate documentation, completeness, and accuracy.
- Drafts correspondence as requested by the Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor.
- Maintains accurate inventory of computers for the third-floor administrative complex.
- Serves as backup supervisor for student employee(s) in the third-floor administrative complex.
B. Serves as liaison for Academic Affairs departments.
- Monitors all funding strings in Academic Affairs serving as financial liaison to Accounting, the Budget Office, and the Stout University Foundation, responding to financial operation inquiries.
- Serves as a resource to Accountant/Business Managers across Academic Affairs that report to leadership positions. This currently includes the Academic Colleges, the Office of International Education, Honors College, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. This includes all funds.
- Assists in reconciliation of issues arising from funding strings in Academic Affairs units reporting to the provost.
- Provides guidance to Academic Affairs Budget Managers and Accountants interpreting applicable rules and regulations and maintaining consistency in policies.
- Develops targets for Academic Affairs fiscal year budgets working with University Budget Director assuring accuracy.
- Allocates revenue to appropriate funding strings.
- Responds to Academic Affairs employees budget questions ensuring department staff have an adequate understanding of resources to make decisions.
C. Other responsibilities and administrative support assigned by the Provost and Chancellor.
- Performs administrative support functions for the third-floor administrative complex. Works as a team member and resource person providing input on budget and financial systems.
- Maintains budget records management system. Oversees filing of fiscal records assuring availability of necessary data in the event of an audit.
- Directs others and monitors special event logistics as needed.
- Applies software skills in development of databases, reports, graphics, and charts, as needed. Collects data and develops projections using appropriate hardware and software.
- Designs and implements projects using appropriate software and instructs office staff on the uses of the software applications.
- Participates in university wide committees as requested including the Business Managers, the Budget Model Committee, HR Workgroup, and other committees as requested.
- Complies with recognized environmental health and safety practices.
The Provost’s Office, which leads the Academic Affairs division, is a diverse and collaborative team of professionals that works to provide excellence to students, faculty, staff, and external partners. The team works with a broad array of stakeholders, in a fast-paced environment, and prioritizes customer service that aligns with UW-Stout’s institutional mission, vision and values.
An innovative leader within the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Stout offers an unparalleled career-focused education that integrates applied learning, theory and research and real-world experiences to prepare our students for the future. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we are proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.
UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.
We offer 47 undergraduate, 21 masters and 3 advanced programs and more than 30 certificate options in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 8,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national, and international leader in higher education.
Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us.
University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
Minimum annual starting salary of $65,000; commensurate with finalist’s qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.
- Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/quickguidefasl.pdf
- Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator | Employee Benefits (wisconsin.edu)
All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.
Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.
Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.
In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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**Revised screening date. To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by end of day, February 23, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Required application materials:
- Cover letter (* See below)
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
*Please use your cover letter to include 4-6 sentences how you would foster a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion in this position. Also,speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.
Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application. Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.
Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21900
It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.
For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Curtis Wieland
Phone: (715) 232-5446
If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Lorin Kuester
Phone: (715) 232-1256
Job Family: Staff