Financial Services Specialist I

The Accountant Will: Monitor, analyze, reconcile, and maintain an accurate accounting of the University’s
student accounts payable and other liabilities. Complete the monthly and yearend reconciliations of the student related suspense accounts and unearned/deferred revenue. Prepare and process the  appropriate adjusting journal entries as needed for the University’s accounting system (Banner) and the Commonwealth’s accounting system (Cardinal). Review and/or prepare and process student accounts related wire transfer-in deposit certificates and agency-to-agency transactions along with the associated Banner journal entries. Review transactions for keying miscues and prepare journal vouchers to correct data entry errors. Review the Cardinal interface transactions for accuracy in keying of Banner journals. Download the Student Banner Feed transactions and prepare the Cardinal journal at each month end and as needed and/ornrequested. Review and process interdepartmental transfer journals as received on a monthly basis and run the associated Banner FUPLOAD text files needed for processing. Complete and/or assist with the completion of fiscal yearend financial reports. Maintain organized files and logs of all keyed documents.

Required Qualifications:

Considerable knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles as they apply to colleges and universities and to other governmental agencies.

Working knowledge of fiscal and accounting functions and operations.

Working experience performing reconciliations of transactions totaling in the millions, have the ability to perform detailed analysis of transactions, excellent attention to detail, and great problem solving skills.

Demonstrated ability to perform computations with reasonable speed and accuracy.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (both oral and written) with others in giving and  obtaining information, in following prescribed operating instructions and in preparing routine reports from fiscal data.

Ability to sort, prepare/batch, file, and maintain financial records, reports and spreadsheets; process financial transactions; follow policies and procedures; collect and enter financial data; and resolve keying errors.

Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; experience setting priorities
and managing multiple tasks;

Working knowledge of computer systems, both mainframe and personal computers;

Working knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Suite, i.e., Excel, Access, and Word;

Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in accounting or business administration/management is preferred.

At least three (3) years of experience working in a fast-paced higher education business environment.

Strong analytical/problem solving, organizational, data entry, and customer service skills.   

Special Requirements:

Employment offers may be subject to any of the following:

  • Extensive criminal background check
  • Pre-employment drug screening
  • Pre employment drug screening
  • Employment reference checks
  • Driving record check
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Virginia State University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons and applicants, without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, genetic information, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy) or veteran status. VSU encourages and invites minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: 

Virginia State University only accepts applications through the online state Recruitment Management System (RMS).  Faxed, e-mailed, or mailed applications and/or attachments will not be accepted. The application must be detailed and fully completed. All employment and periods of unemployment (if applicable) must be listed within the application; either on an attached resume, or manually listed in the “Relevant Work History” section. Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration.


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$37,042 - $50,000 

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