Human Resources

Senior 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: Accounting

Department: Financial Services and Operations

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 Senior 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 diversified accounting related activities to Governmental-type funds 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. Perform regular reconciliation duties including, but not limited to, general ledger cash accounts.
4. Research and resolve reconciling items in a timely manner with minimal guidance.
5. Assist campus constituents as needed with financial matters.
6. Approve financial transactions in workflow queues.
7. Maintain the Chart of Accounts, which includes the creation of new indexes, funds, organizations, rule classes and account codes.
8. Evaluate and document current accounting and business processes and policies and recommend changes.
9. Perform analytical reviews and variance analysis for administrators as requested.
10. Review, monitor and maintain appropriate internal controls over financial transactions.
11. Act as the liaison with the university’s financial institutions and credit card processors.
12. Maintain contact with all cashiering locations on campus.
13. Responsible for the preparation of the university fringe benefit rate proposal.
14. Participate on the team responsible for the development of the university facilities and administrative cost rate proposal.
15. Supervise support staff.
16. Participate in training/workshops for campus constituents.
17. Seek new ways to improve efficiency and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in university continuous improvement initiatives.
18. Other duties as assigned.
19. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance and/or a related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in accounting or a related field.
• Excellent computer skills including:
o Experience using advanced features of spreadsheets
o Proficiency with using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Power Point

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Professional experience in Higher Education or similar Non-Profit.
• Experience extracting and analyzing data/developing reports from computerized accounting systems.

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

• Excellent interpersonal, customer service, written/oral communication, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to perform detail-oriented work in a fast-paced environment with the highest standards of accuracy.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of sensitive data.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and maintain constructive and cooperative relationships.
• Demonstrated ability to adjust to constantly changing priorities in a friendly, professional manner and complete tasks timely.
• Demonstrated ability to follow projects and issues to completion.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 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 

  • Annual Title IX 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.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


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

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


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, Based on Experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Director, General & Auxiliary Accounting

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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