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This position performs professional level accounting work and is responsible for the preparation of University financial statements and reports. The person this position will serve as Cost Accounting Manager for the Accounting Department. Responsibilities and work require a high-level of accounting and analytical skills and expected to be performed with a high level of independence.


Service (Recharge) Center accounting.

Manage the review of Service Center accounts for compliance with OMB Circular A-21 and Cost Accounting Standards.

Review and assist departments with development of Service Center rates using cost accounting data and F&A data.

Manage, review, and assist departments with accrual accounting activities at year-end, like unearned revenue, accounts receivable, and the reserve of funds for the working capital fund.

Prepare queries and reports on Service Center accounts for administration and as requested by UGA departments.

Resolve and answer Service Center accounting problems and questions for UGA departments.

Conduct Service Center training for UGA departments and staff. Facilities & Administrative (F&A) cost rate study.

Develop and prepare F&A reports and schedules using Comprehensive Rate Information System (CRIS) software application.

Review (scrub) accounts and ensure accounts are allocated and mapped to appropriate cost pools.

Prepare queries and reports to upload data to CRIS and review F&A costs.

Assist Director in resolving and answering F&A cost accounting problems and questions.

Time & Effort reporting with the Personnel Activity Report (PAR) and new ePAR systems.

Manage the review and monitor of PARs for compliance with OMB Circular A-21 and CAS.

Manage the electronic (and any remaining manual) distribution of PARs and associated accounting reports to UGA departments and branch stations.

Supervise and coordinate the data entry and corrections of PARs.

Conduct Time & Effort training for UGA departments and staff.

Coordinate & resolve PAR related questions and problems with the Payroll, Budget, and Contracts & Grants offices.

Coordinate and work with AIS department to maintain and insure the PAR system complies with Federal regulations.

Resolve and answer Time & Effort problems and questions for UGA departments and any external agencies.

Prepare ad hoc queries and reports to assist UGA departments with Time & Effort transactions.

Assist Director with queries, reports, note disclosures, and auditors' questions and/or recommendations as needed


BBA in Accounting required and minimum five years experience in higher education accounting preferably with OMB circular A-21 issues required.

Knowledge of or ability to read and understand Federal OMB circular A-21 and Cost Accounting Standards required.

Extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.

Very strong analytical and accounting skills required.

Excellent computer application skills, including experience with spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Experience with query report writing such as SQL.

Experience with CRIS (Comprehensive Rate Information System) and MS Visual Fox Pro desired.



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