Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The University of Wisconsin-Stout is seeking collaborative professionals, committed to promoting the development of an equitable and inclusive environment, to serve in one of two accounting positions: Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives Business Manager or Discovery Center Business Manager.

Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives (ESI) Business Manager

Operating independently, while under the general supervision of the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives (ESI), with a dotted reporting line to the Associate Director of Stout Online, the Business Manager serves as the primary accountant for the units of Admissions, Advising, Registration and Records, Financial Aid, and Educational Pathways and Outreach. The Business Manager is the liaison for these units with the Business & Financial Services and Budget offices. As such, they are responsible for having up-to-date knowledge of University business processes, state and federal guidelines, financial services policies and procedures, keeping track of the financial position of their units, and ensuring effective communication within their units related to business and financial issues. The position oversees the management of financial funding strings and budget development processes for these units. The Business Manager offers advice and consultation to the Vice Chancellor for ESI and other unit directors in order to foster effective unit finances. The position works closely and collaboratively with several university business managers and budget personnel. The Business Manager is responsible for financial reconciliation and ensuring unit compliance with university policies and procedures and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Discovery Center (DC) Business Manager

The Business Manager works under the direct supervision of the Director of the Discovery Center (DC or Center). This position also works closely with the major units of the Discovery Center on accounts related issues. This position is a key contact for and administrator of current and future Discovery Center grant funded programs, including the Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (NIST­ MEP) and the Center for Innovation and Development/FabLab. This position requires engagement at a variety of levels within the organization and the ability to execute multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, exercise considerable independent judgment, be attentive to detail with a customer-center approach to service. The Business Manager must possess strong ethics, exemplary analytical skills, operational knowledge of UW­ Stout regulations and requirements, grants and contracts accounting knowledge, and administrative skills. The services required by this position are very specialized to the area of university applied research and technical assistance administration at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field; or equivalent education and related work experience
  • Three years of experience with fiscal management, accounting, or financial analysis
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Strong analytical abilities and a quantitative background
  • Excellent judgment including sensitivity to personal and confidential information
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills in working with a diverse community
  • Ability to delegate and prioritize work

Highly Desired

  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Strong working knowledge of data querying tools
  • Knowledge of university, state and federal fiscal rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing a climate (work environment) that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


See UW System Job Description: Accountant III (FN003)

  • Serves as primary accounting and budgeting liaison for departments within ESI or DC
  • Financial Oversight of Customized Instruction Programs (within ESI)
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice Chancellor, ESI or Director, DC


Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives (ESI) is a newly structured unit that is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of university enrollment. The unit, located within the division of the Chancellor, consists of the Admissions Office, Advisement Center, the Financial Aid Office, Registration and Records, and Educational Pathways and Outreach which houses Stout Online, Professional Education Programs and Services, Stout Online, and Continuing Education.

The Discovery Center (DC) is the University of Wisconsin-Stout's primary outreach and engagement organization. We are a vibrant group of skilled problem solvers, gifted learners, and action-oriented colleagues working together to overcome hurdles you face in process improvement, product development, business growth, continuing education, culture development, applied research, and much more.


University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory and research. UW-Stout is committed to developing an inclusive community that fosters a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow, celebrating the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences.

A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students.

UW-Stout is committed to investing in and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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Minimum starting salary is $50,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

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).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by June 5, 2022. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter (*See below)
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Include a statement (4-6 sentences) regarding how you would foster a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion in this position. Please also use your cover letter to 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:

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: Randy Hulke


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Julie Zack


Job Family: Staff