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Accounting Analyst

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18057
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Melissa Kinnear
(406) 994-4369

Classification Title Accounting Analyst
Working Title Accounting Analyst
Brief Position Overview

Bring your accounting skills to a growing department at MSU. This is an opportunity to work with a wide variety of departments and become an expert in MSU’s business processes in the Office of Shared Services.

Position Number 4M0642
Department Shared Services
Division University Business Services - Financial Services
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $14.50 - $18.12 hourly, Current rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan, and may be different from the posted salary. For questions and details contact HR-Recruitment.
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Shared Services is a centralized team that provides accounting and human resources support to numerous departments across the Bozeman campus.

Shared Services performs a wide variety of business processes such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, reconciliations, budgeting, payroll changes, employee recruiting and appointments on behalf of our client departments. This position also collaborates closely with the central accounting and human resources teams.

The Accounting Analyst will report directly to the Shared Services Operations Manager and will be responsible for supporting multiple departments.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide high level fiscal management of diverse and significant funds across multiple departments.
  • Process accounts payable and accounts receivable for diverse set of clients.
  • Generate monthly financial reports and perform ad hoc research and analyses in response to manager or client department requests.
  • Collaborate with budget analysts and client department staff to create and monitor annual budgets.
  • Initiate on-line payroll changes, verify payroll transactions and support department recruiting.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Progressively responsible accounting or bookkeeping experience with budgeting, analysis, reconciliations, reporting and/or processing accounts payable/receiveable transactions.
  2. Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Excel to analyze and summarize data
  3. Demonstrated customer (internal or external) support experience
  4. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience analyzing financial results to assist managers with business decisions
  2. Experience developing annual financial budgets for a department or larger organization
  3. Advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel (e.g., parsing, pivot tables, macros, database)
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Embrace and adapt quickly to changes in priorities, processes and work environment with a positive attitude.
  • Be highly organized with great attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in work product.
  • Be forward-looking, able to anticipate problems and proactively address them.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple offices, co-workers and managers in a team-oriented environment; represents Shared Services and the University in a positive, professional manner.
  • Demonstrate excellent, professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exercise initiative and independent judgment in solving complex problems and in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.
  • Initiate and implement continuous improvement to processes and workflows within area of responsibility.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on Monday, September 18, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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