Sr. Accountant / Sr. Analyst (Property/Fixed Assets)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Controller's Office
Pay Grade: 34
Categories: Accounting/Finance/Budget

General Summary: 

The Senior Accountant/Sr. Analyst reports to the Associate Controller and is responsible for a variety of accounting functions that support the production of financial statements that are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).  The position also assists in the monthly, quarterly and fiscal year close of the general ledger along with the annual General Purpose and Uniform Guidance audits.  Recommends updates to business processes as needed and provides ongoing training for staff. 

The position requires interaction with many academic and financial areas of the campus and colleagues of the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.  It requires expertise in the university accounting system, standard accounting practices and procedures, as well as knowledge of the many Federal, State, and Trustee regulations, policies and procedures.

Examples of Duties: 

General Accounting:

  • Perform a wide variety of regular and recurring moderately complex accounting functions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and year end reconciliations and prepare and/or process related journal entries.
  • Assist in general ledger month end, quarter end and year end closing process.
  • Work with the University of Massachusetts Building Authority to validate and inventory all of the campus’s debt-funded assets.
  • Act as “BuyWays” procurement workflow special account code approver for inventory & capital items.
  • Assist the Associate Controller and Office of Budget and Financial Planning in routine campus projections and estimates.
  • Work with Administration & Finance staff to continuously develop improvements to processes and procedures.

System Interfaces & Reconciliations:

  • Reconcile feeder system detail to the general ledger weekly and at month end for the following modules/systems:
  • Fixed Assets System
  • Student Receivable System
  • Grants Module
  • Accounts Payable Module

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Detailed knowledge of accounting theory as related to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) accounting principles, fixed assets, depreciation, and capitalization thresholds. 
  • Thorough working knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures that pertain to Federal and State reporting as well as equipment inventory controls.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-management skills and ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Write, edit and produce ad hoc computer reports, using tools such as Query and nVision, both on demand and as part of regular production to support financial operations.


  • Perform special projects at the request of the Controller and Associate Controller as needed
  • Assist in all areas of the Controller’s Office and the Property Division as needed
  • Reliable and consistent attendance and punctuality


    • Education—Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field required
    • 3-5 years of experience in accounting, auditing and/or financial operations
    • 3-5 years of experience managerial experience supervising a staff of two or more people
    • Demonstrated proficiency in integrated financial systems and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.
    • Extensive experience with automated accounting systems - PeopleSoft/Oracle experience preferred.
    • Experience in Higher Education, government or non-profit organizations preferred

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

Grade: 34            

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas  or 617-287-5148.

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