Accounting Specialist
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 18609 Posted: 07/22/2022

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals.

Department Description

Business Services and the Controller's Office's mission is to support the educational mission of the University of Wisconsin Parkside by providing superior financial and customer service to the University community. 

Business Services and the Controller's Office is responsible for assuring the financial integrity of University of Wisconsin Parkside through development and implementation of policies and procedures, transactional analysis and review, internal and external reporting and ensuring compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

This is a place where engaged learning happens. We are an institution that values diversity and lives out our values through our various community and business partnerships. 

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title: Financial Specialist II (Accounting Specialist)

Employment Type: Full time, University Staff, Hourly

Reports To: The Accounting Specialist will report to Financial Manager and Controller

Pay Range: Starting at $50,000

UW-Parkside is seeking a collaborative and highly skilled Accounting Specialist in the office of Business Services. As a Business Services team member, this position primarily reviews, approves, advises and completes a variety of advanced financial transactions. The Accounting Specialist supports the accounts payable and travel functions, and centralized managed programs, requiring a high level of knowledge and expertise, and works daily with a variety of funding sources. A wide range of job duties includes preparing financial transactions and reconciling transactions; recommending controls and process improvements; troubleshooting advanced financial errors; maintaining financial records, and providing customer service to staff and customers in an assigned program area to support financial management. This position also provides administrative support to the Financial Manager and Controller, as well as other general office support for the unit.

Essential Job Functions
  • This position requires the ability to work independently, as part of a team and to exercise sound judgment and discretion, in applying and interpreting UW financial policies and procedures. 
  • Audits, monitors, organizes, and updates fiscal records, reports, and affiliated materials
  • Creates general reporting for financial transactions
  • Audits or processes advanced transactions and assigns funding codes in accordance with established rules, regulations, and policies
  • Audits or reconciles original purchase documents with payments
  • Reallocates expenses to appropriate funding strings
  • Drafts communications and advanced reports and maintains organization of varied records to provide administrative support within a specified work unit
  • Answers advanced fiscal questions and provides information based on set materials and standards to various audiences
  • Reviews transaction processing internal controls and recommends policies and procedures
  • Administratively supports Financial Manager and Controller
  • Associates Degree in Business or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience in a Business field.
  • Understanding of computer systems or programs

The successful candidate will possess; excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to communicate in a clear, business-like, and courteous manner with a diverse internal and external customer base, ability to work independently, prioritize work duties, and demonstrate effective time management skills to meet Accounts Payable, Business Services Division, University, state, and/or federal deadlines.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/summaries/fasl.pdf

Total Compensation Estimator:https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • The names and email addresses for three References

Review of Applications

Applications received by Monday, August 8th, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled. 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Amanda Joncas

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