WVU Research Corporation Accountant in Morgantown, West Virginia
Description Purpose The position will support the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) by analyzing, examining, and interpreting financial information to prepare fiscal reports and advise NAFTC management and staff on appropriate courses of action. It will prepare budget documents and assist in the preparation of Requests for Proposals for funding for the organization. This positon will monitor and maintain accounting files for the NAFTC. It will also provide professional and technical expertise in all aspects of state, federal, and private sector grants and contracts fiscal management.
This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and independently resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image, with potential legal liabilities.
Duties & Responsibilities Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Maintains the budget status and files for the NAFTC. 2) Prepares financial documents including Service Agreements, subcontracts and inputs purchase orders to the accounting system of the University in accordance with the policies and procedures of WVU, WVURC, and the NRCCE (National Research Center for Coal and Energy). 3) Maintains an up-to-date status of all accounts of the NAFTC. 4) Maintains all financial files in accordance with WVU, WVURC, and REBO (Research Expert Business Office) policies, and in accordance with the guidance of the Executive Director. 5) Prepares all financial accounting forms and associated paperwork for over 100 monthly purchases. 6) Monitors the WVU financial reporting system to ensure that accounts are properly posted. 7) Coordinates with the REBO and the WVU sponsored Research Accounting to ensure proper accounting of all expenditures for the department. 8) Develops Labor Distribution Allocations for the department. 9) Evaluates each individual’s participation in grants and activities of the department and prepares recommendations for salary adjustments for the Executive Director. 10) Coordinates with the REBO to ensure these are entered into the financial accounting system and monitors the financial accounting to ensure proper pay accounting occurs. 11) Collects and coordinates the deposit of all funds generated by the NAFTC to ensure placement in the proper accounts. 12) Monitors and coordinates the subcontracts and service agreements for the maintenance of the NAFTC facility to ensure that services are provided according to contract language.
Supervisory/Lead Role This position reports to the Director. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of others is not required; however, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.
Physical Demands This position must be able to multi-task. Most of the time will involve sitting and working at a computer terminal. Other times would be required for walking, standing, talking, and listening. Infrequently may be required to lift equipment that weighs up to 25 lbs.
Work Environment Works in standard office atmosphere with shared space and equipment. On occasion, this position may experience external environment when preparing for and attending meetings, events, delivering documents or equipment. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications Education and/or Experience 1) Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a business-related field; And 2) 2 – 4 years of experience performing accounting activities; Or 3) An equivalent combination of experience and education.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and theories and their application to accounting problems. 2) Good communication skills both oral and written. 3) Skilled at maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing and operational use. 4) Skilled at utilizing accounting, financial, and related computer software & applications (e.g. Oracle Budgeting and Planning, Microsoft Office suite, etc.). 5) Strong customer services skills. 6) Excellent attention to detail and accuracy. 7) Ability to quickly acquire knowledge of rules and regulations mandated by West Virginia University pertaining to grants and credit card purchases. 8) Demonstrated ability to create, use, and update computer spreadsheets and financial reports. 9) Demonstrated ability to evaluate financial management data and develop sound recommendations for management team members 10) Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures or governmental regulations. 11) Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 12) Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 13) Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 14) Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 15) Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 16) Ability to learn specific institutional and departmental policies and procedures.
Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
Requisition Number: 15-0161
Post Date: 11/6/2015
Position Type: Full Time
Work Hours: 40