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Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado
Date Posted 05/11/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title: Accountant
No. of Positions to Fill 1
Department/Program: Finance 63100
Work Location: 63rd St Operations
Reports to: Controller
FLSA Classification: Exempt/Salaried
FTE: 100% (40 hrs/week)
Type of Employment: Regular/FT (30+ hrs/week)
DEI Tier: Tier II
Compensation: $52,000 $57,000 DOE


Job Summary
The Accountant I provides accounting services to the University community in support of the University's mission. The work of the Finance Department and the Accountant’s role are governed by the key principles of customer service, regulatory compliance and fiscal accountability. The Accountant I plays a primary role in the month-end close processes and assists the Controller in day-to-day accounting matters.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Monthly reconciliation and analysis of assigned general ledger balance sheet accounts with appropriate support documentation, including reconciliation of all company bank accounts.
  • Preparation and entry of numerous journal entries for both daily and monthly activity, including, but not limited to, daily bank transactions, student account adjustments, monthly accruals and other entries as needed to ensure the timeliness and accuracy of the financial statements.
  • Aid in the maintenance and audit of student billing tables to insure accurate student billing.
  • Facilitate and support the collection of past due student accounts with our third-party vendor.
  • Assist with the issuance of annual tax forms to students.
  • Maintain monthly accounting entries and reporting for University operated Preschool.
  • Assist Controller in yearly closing, systematic review of Department/University policy, and annual audit preparation.
  • Complete ad hoc special projects as requested or approved by the Controller.
  • Provide additional data entry support as needed.
  • Create and maintain a positive team environment and behave professionally with everyone encountered in the course and scope of the job duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 2 years of accounting experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Other Experience, Knowledge, Skills, or Competencies Requirements

  • High degree of emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and assertive communication skills.
  • Ability to create and maintain a positive team environment and behave professionally with everyone encountered in the course and scope of the job duties.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of internal controls.
  • Ability to formulate and drive implementation of improvements to accounting processes.
  • Current knowledge, understanding of, and experience with applicable regulations, accounting standards and principles (GAAP), non-profit University fund accounting, and preparation of financial statements.
  • Ability to provide high levels of customer-focused services and work with a variety of personality types and skill levels.
  • Must be resourceful, able to work independently, practice respectful communication and utilize sound judgment.
  • Advanced computer proficiency with accounting systems and Windows-based software packages.
  • Strong analytical skills and detail oriented.
  • Ability to use a 10-key by touch.
  • Willingness to co-create an inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development, including openness to feedback and on-going self-examination.

May prior relevant experience substitute for degree? Yes No
(PLEASENOTE: each applicant’s experience and demonstrated skills are assessed on a case-by-case basis as to their relevancy to the position applied for as well as whether they may substitute for required degree.)

Credit check required (for finance, accounting, and executive-level roles only)? Yes No

All job candidates must hold a commitment to co-create a diverse and inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development regarding the dynamics of privilege and oppression and the impact these have in the workplace.

All job candidates must demonstrate their level of understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity.

All job candidates must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of and appreciation for the values of Naropa University for this job and the capacity to provide a rigorous clinical approach as evidenced in work, communication, collaboration styles, and other general workplace behaviors

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience processing financial transactions in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working with Colleague Finance module and Quickbooks

Supervision Received

General Supervision: The supervisor provides continuing or individual assignments by indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priorities. Additional, specific instructions are given for new, difficult, or unusual assignments. The employee uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments. The supervisor assures that the work is technically accurate and in compliance with instructions or established procedures.


Naropa’s health and welfare benefits include the following: medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, an employer-sponsored pre-tax retirement savings plan, and a variety of voluntary, employee-paid supplemental insurance plans.

A comprehensive benefits package is available to full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours each week.

Employees who work 20 – 29 hours each week are eligible for only the employer-paid short-term & long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance & accidental death and dismemberment, and the retirement plan.

Employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in Naropa’s retirement plan only.

All regular full-time and part-time employees accrue sick leave benefits; accrual rates vary based on the position, hours worked, and years of service.

Naropa University’s commitment to diversity aligns with its highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that facilitate collaboration to create a common humanity and a just society. Individuals who have experience with and a commitment to inclusive communities are encouraged to apply. EOE

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