Financial Specialist II
Deadline for Applications is 11/07/2021

Code: 17659 Posted: 10/15/2021

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 ones future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals.

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

Employment Type: Full time, University Staff, Non-Exempt

Reports To: The Financial Specialist II will report to Controller and Assistant Controller

Pay Range: 33,700-62,700

Essential Job Functions

UW-Parkside is seeking a collaborative and highly skilled Financial Specialist II 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 Financial Specialist II 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 Controller, as well as other general office support for the unit.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • 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 Controller


  • Associate’s degree in Business or related field
  • 2 years of experience
  • 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.
  • Excellent organizational skills and techniques. 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Associate degree or equivalent.
  • 3 years of experience in the accounting field.
  • Knowledge of accounts payable procedures, and basic accounting principles.
  • Ability to multi-task and transition quickly between priorities to address specific situations.
  • Ability to participate as an effective team member by contributing to the efficient operation of the work unit and providing constructive feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement in a manner that is supportive of Accounts Payable and the Business Services Division.
  • Strong human relations and interpersonal skills to maintain effective, professional, and cooperative working relationships with managers, supervisors, coworkers, and all internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Proficiency in Excel and ability to create spreadsheets and reports.
  • Knowledge of Peoplesoft or other accounting software.
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. 

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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

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday November 7th, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Position 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.


Laura Menarek
Available Until: 11/08/2021

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