Accountant 1

Deadline February 22, 2024

Accountant 1

Job no: 531217

Work type: Classified Staff

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Accounting/Finance, Research/Scientific/Grants, Planning/Project Management

Department: Research Finance and Business Administration
Classification: Accountant 1
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $21.58 – 32.94 per hour; commensurate with experience
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins

February 27, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

With your online application, please provide a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum requirements, professional competencies, and any preferred qualifications.

Please submit the names and contact information of three professional references. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

This position is located in Eugene but may be eligible for some hybrid work on specific days.

Department Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) advances world-class research, scholarship, and innovation at the University of Oregon, a top-tier public research institution. The OVPRI oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, research communications, and research development at the University of Oregon (UO), as well as numerous high-profile research centers and institutes, and core research facilities. OVPRI provides opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary and of significant societal importance. As a university that holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the UO is also one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Visit to learn more.

The OVPRI is committed to a respectful work environment. We value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we welcome, respect, and foster a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. We strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and/or LGBTQIA+ community members.

OVPRI proactively supports the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive research community. We act upon the deep belief that diverse, equitable, and inclusive research environments are fair and just, and are necessary to accelerate discovery and innovation. In partnership with UO’s Division of Equity and Inclusion, we utilize the IDEAL Framework to guide our practices.

Position Summary

The Accountant 1 for Research Finance and Business Administration provides financial and technical support to all of Research and Innovation Services (IIT, SPS, RDS, RCS, RTS, AWS, RCBS, RFBA) and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. This position regularly interacts with faculty and staff in the schools and colleges, as well as outside third-party constituents.

Duties for this position include processing budget changes, fund transfers, deposits, invoice payments, and journal vouchers, as well as reconciling accounts, processing travel documents and reimbursements, making credit card purchases, and managing foundation check disbursements, payroll documents, contracts, and purchase orders.

This position creates and compiles financial reports from multiple sources (Banner, Cognos) to be used in University reports, budgeting, and in both external and internal audits. Research office expenditures must be carefully monitored for compliance with state, grant, and UO Foundation regulations and guidelines. The Accountant 1 reports to the Divisional Budget Director. Non-routine or unusual decisions will be made in consultation with supervisor or appropriate manager, with routine corrections handled by this position independently.

The complex nature of this position requires the ability and skill to track transactions and/or errors through an account from initiation to resolution. The position must be able to identify gaps in the internal accounting infrastructure as new software and other accounting changes occur, make recommendations for resolutions for our accounting systems to resolve issues and ensure timely processing is done on a monthly basis.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree with CPA or PA certificate; OR

• Bachelor’s degree with 30 quarter (20 semester) hours of college-level Accounting, OR

• 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.

Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses. All courses must be from accredited colleges, universities, or private vocational schools.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to learn, analyze, understand, and explain university and government policies, rules, and regulations.

• Excellent organizational skills.

• Strong communication skills, independent judgment, and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

• Ability to set priorities, take initiative, be proactive and follow-up, manage diverse responsibilities and multiple tasks.

• Strong working knowledge of accounting principles and methods.

Preferred Qualifications

• Fund accounting experience.

• Familiarity/experience with Microsoft Office and other software programs such as: Word, Excel, Outlook, Inteum, AiM, Concur, Adobe Acrobat, and HRIS/FIS platforms such as Banner.

• Experience working in a university or higher education setting.

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.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

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

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