University of Rochester Sr Accountant in Rochester, New York


Time as Reported Grade 053 Microbiology Administration


General Purpose:

Responsible for the financial management, accounting, and reporting systems for institutional and research accounts for a large NIH Center (P30) grant. Conduct detailed analysis of accounts, including account history, forecasts, and the drivers of each. Provide accurate and up-to-date financial information to support successful financial management of these accounts. Utilize knowledge of the University accounting procedures and funding agency policies to provide proper review and control over all activities that impact the financial records.


  • Analyze and monitor the financial management of grant and institutional accounts, and work with other Sr. Accountant and Administrative Assistant on the completion of all monthly financial reports, ensuring accurate and complete information.
  • After accounts are reconciled, perform high level, in-depth analyses of accounts, including monthly trend analysis of salary and non-salary expenses, utilizing UR Financials, COGNOS, URGEMS, HRMS, and other tools. Review monthly accounting reports with PIs, Research Project Manager, and Program Administrator. Monitor accounts for appropriateness of charges.
  • Make accurate projections for year-end close outs, and work with ORACS to prepare timely close outs of accounts. Identify any errors and follow through to be sure they are corrected accurately and on time.
  • Ensure back up for all charges is received. Perform analysis and tests necessary to ascertain integrity of accounting data, account balances, and to assure accurate reporting. Develop process improvement and corrective action plans. Make recommendations for cost saving initiatives. Following University and sponsored programs policies, work with ORPA to set up and manage subcontracts with external parties.
  • Manage complex effort allocations and forecast changes to available salary funding and notify Program Administrator of any anticipated shortfalls. Ensure the completion of faculty PAF’s as they relate to the NIH Center grant by working with in Microbiology and Immunology and other departments as needed.
  • Make presentations to faculty in areas of research or analysis. Conduct informational meetings for newly awarded faculty project recipients on project specific and NIH general accounting procedures as well as UR accounting procedures. Meet with and counsel new faculty on spending projections for awards. Conduct informational meetings as needed for all project funded faculty on new programs instituted by UR.
  • Use knowledge and application of accounting theory, techniques, and practices to prepare special reports, projects, and analyses as requested by the Project Administrator and Chair. This includes developing data projections and forecasts regarding effort for use in the annual institutional budgets.Develop and implement sustainable data solutions. Serve as a contact for Microbiology and Immunology faculty, trainees and staff, outside funding agencies, subcontracting agencies, and liaison to University Payroll, Finance, Purchasing, Development, ORPA, and ORACS offices.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minimum of three years related experience as a Staff Accountant; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Professional accounting skills required. Able to take responsibility for multiple accounts in a complex granting structure, and show initiative in making suggestions and decisions. Knowledge of institutional and funding agencies policies and procedures related to sponsored programs accounting, University purchasing processes, accounts payable processes, UR Financials, URGEMS, and payroll and human resources are preferred. CLASP training will be required. Requires ability to work independently, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, someone who is detail-oriented, and able to work well in a team environment.

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Job Title: Sr Accountant

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 202179

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: TAR