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Accountant 1

Apply now Job no: 522990
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance

Department: Labor Education and Research Center
Classification: Accountant 1
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $19.42 - $29.64 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Position closes October 22, 2018

Special Instructions to Applicants
1) Applicants should provide a cover letter that explains how their experience and skills demonstrate their ability to perform the job requirements as listed in the position posting. Include any relevant information on professional competencies and preferred qualifications as well.

2) Applicants must also provide an answer to the following supplemental question: Describe a project that you have worked on that required you to analyze budgetary trends and make financial recommendations.
A. What was the purpose of the project, your approach, the results, and how/to whom did you present the analysis?
B. How did you (or how would you) explain this information to people with limited accounting backgrounds?

Department Summary
The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) is a state-wide public service program that provides adult education, research, training, and expertise on issues related to labor and employment. Since its inception in 1977, LERC has focused on building strong labor organizations and improving the lives of working Oregonians. In carrying out this work, LERC partners with workers, labor unions, policy makers, and community organizations at the local, state, regional, and national level. Each year LERC hosts several major conferences and up to fifty additional trainings.

LERC has six faculty members (including the Director) and five staff who are located at two offices: the central office is at the UO campus in Eugene and the Portland office is at the UO Portland. LERC's support staff include the department manager, accountant, two administrative program assistants, and a public information assistant.

Position Summary
The purpose of this position is to provide financial support and best practices in public funds accounting to support LERC's mission. LERC is a highly collaborative workplace with faculty and staff working together on programs.

The annual budget is approximately $1.2 million, which includes state funding, earned income, contracts, research, and consulting. There are also foundation funds for special projects. This position reports to and is supervised by the Department Manager. The Accountant also works closely with the Director and engages with all faculty and staff on programs.

The Accountant is responsible for applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and University policies in their duties which include analyzing and reconciling accounts, departmental budgeting, preparing financial reports, processing accounts payable and receivable, administering grants, and coordinating travel. The Accountant also occasionally assists at major in-state conferences with registration, sales, and other activities as needed.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree with CPA or PA certificate;
• Bachelor's degree with 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of college-level Accounting;
• 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of Accounting courses and three years of Accounting experience.*

*Accounting experience must include at least 3 of the following:
• Preparing transactions to be recorded in records of original entry;
• Preparing journal entries, posting from journals to general ledger, or preparing original general ledger entries;
• Summarizing data from a ledger to a trial balance;
• Closing accounts at the end of an accounting period;
• Applying PC spreadsheet, database, and word processing software;
• Processing data using a computer.

Professional Competencies
• Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate and collaborate with faculty, staff, other departments, and the public in a positive and professional manner.
• Attention to detail and accuracy while working on multiple varied activities simultaneously.
• Demonstrated ability and interest in contributing to a positive, inclusive, and diverse work environment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience generating and analyzing financial reports using Excel and centralized computer accounting systems.
• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the ability to learn and comply with a variety of federal, state, and local policies and procedures.
• Experience using Banner or similar system for accounting in a higher education or public agency environment.
• Experience with, or demonstrated ability to become proficient using, CONCUR or a similar centralized travel system.
• Experience with, or demonstrated ability to become proficient using, a database such as Filemaker Pro or other shared program/accounting systems at the departmental level.

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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 Civil Rights Compliance, 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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