Human Resources

Assistant Accountant

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Department: Financial Services & Operations
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Lakeshore Center (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Finance

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Accountant performs professional accounting and administrative work including processing and approving financial transactions, preparing reconciliations, and ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Independently perform accounting related activities pertaining to the fixed assets of the University.
2. Perform month-end and fiscal year-end closing activities, including the preparation of work papers for the annual external audit.
3. Review and prepare monthly reconciliations of general ledger accounts such as fixed assets.
4. Research and resolve reconciling items in a timely manner.
5. Assist campus constituents as needed with equipment and other physical property matters.
6. Approve financial transactions in workflow queues.
7. Coordinate the annual physical inventory of equipment.
8. Assist in the development and updating of financial and administrative operating policies.
9. Prepare regular and special reports and analysis for administrators as requested.
10. Review, monitor and maintain appropriate internal controls over financial transactions.
11. Monitor compliance of externally funded property and reporting requirements per federal regulations.
12. Supervise support staff.
13. Participate on University committees.
14. Participate in training/workshops for campus constituents.
15. Seek new ways to improve efficiency and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to every-day work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
16. Apply safety- related knowledge, skills and practices to everyday work.
17. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance and/or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Minimum of two (2) years of progressive, relevant work experience in accounting and/or finance operations that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties and responsibilities.
• Excellent computer skills including:
   o Experience using spreadsheets
   o Experience using computerized accounting systems
   o Proficiency with using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point
• Proven ability to extract and analyze complex data and develop financial reports to provide analysis, forecasting, and trending.
• Demonstrated ability to learn new software quickly, and to apply such knowledge to daily and ongoing work.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Professional experience in Higher Education or similar Non-Profit.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal, customer service, written/oral communication, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to details.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of sensitive data.
• Demonstrated excellent decision-making capabilities.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to adjust to constantly changing priorities in a friendly and professional manner.
• Demonstrated self-motivation and strong organization skills.
• Demonstrated ability to follow projects and issues to completion.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively under conditions with frequent and multiple interruptions, while completing tasks in a timely manner.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain constructive and cooperative interpersonal relationships.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $40,000.

Title of Position Supervisor

Senior Accountant

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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