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Accounting Technician

Apply now Job no: 521400
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance, Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support

Department: University Housing
Classification: Accounting Technician
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $13.89 - $20.15 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Position closes on November 27, 2017

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, please upload responses to the following Supplemental Questions with your online application:

1. Describe your experience with reconciling accounts and tracking errors through an accounting system, and preparing analyses and financial reports.

2. Describe your experience interpreting financial procedures and processing documents such as purchase orders, journal vouchers, travel approval and reimbursements according to those procedures.

3. Describe your experience using a computer to create and maintain spreadsheets and databases. Indicate if you have experience using an automated financial information system.

4. This position communicates with others regarding financial and administrative issues. Describe experience that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively and explain accounting issue to vendors and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Department Summary
University Housing, a unit within the Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, is both an educational and business enterprise of the University. The role of University Housing is to support the academic mission of the University through the provision of residence life, family student housing, dining services, catering and conferences services, marketing, promotions, public relations and communications, ResNet, facilities and custodial services, and business services. University Housing is a self-sustaining, self-liquidating agency of the university (receives no tuition or tax support for its operating budget). The goal of University Housing is to set the standard for the seamless integration of student living and student learning.

University Housing strives to be a multicultural organization that actively includes and engages everyone. We are committed to embracing diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion into our daily work practices and activities; with our ongoing goal to create safe, welcoming, and equitable working and learning environments.

Position Summary
The Accounting Technician is a full-time, SEIU represented position that provides support in the University Housing Business Office for the accounting department and purchasing operation. Primary responsibilities are accounts payable related, processing invoices and documents using various accounting methods. The position requires bookkeeping skills to record, examine and reconcile expenditure and revenue transactions and records for accountability in accordance with statutory requirements, university policy, and general accounting principles and procedures. The complex nature of this position requires the ability and skill to track transactions and/or errors through an account from initiation to resolution. This position also performs duties related to cash handling and cash account reconciliation and processing.

This position will apply relevant general accounting principles, procedures and controls to functional areas on accounts receivable, accounts payable and fund accounts for accurate and timely processing and reporting. The person in this position will apply accurate coding to invoices in preparation for payment processing, will assist in relating revenues and expenditures to appropriate accounts, and will correct accounting errors and coding problems using internal procedures and controls needed to maintain accurate accounting records. Skill in prioritizing daily work is required.

Work Schedule and Conditions
Typical business office conditions with frequent interruptions and daily interactions via in-person, telephone, and email contact with: vendors, customers, and warehouse and department personnel.

Frequent interaction with Asst. Director of Purchasing, Contracts & Accounting to keep the supervisor advised of progress and problems to be resolved. Annual performance and regular work review are performed by the Asst. Director of Purchasing, Contracts & Accounting.

Minimum Requirements
• 12 quarter hours (8 semester hours) of Accounting courses AND
• An Associate’s Degree in Accounting; OR
• One year of experience that includes entering, compiling and/or reporting financial information; OR
• An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Professional Competencies
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university
• Ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy
• Pay close attention to detail
• Model the highest ethical standards
• Provide superior customer service
• Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
• Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines
• Proficiency with computer-based software including Word, Excel, and Windows and the ability to learn University electronic processes
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience maintaining accounts using spreadsheets
• University experience interpreting and enforcing policy, rules, and regulations
• Experience working with Banner Information System
• Demonstrated ability to understand and apply financial policies
• Strong financial reporting skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively under the pressure of deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to communicating effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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.

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 Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 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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