Accounting Manager

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse   La Crosse, WI   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on April 25, 2024
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Position Summary

The Accounting Manager works in Business Services under the general supervision of the Controller and is responsible for managing staff who utilize the university’s financial systems to process accounting transactions. This position oversees grant accounting, 501©(3) accounting, capital equipment inventory, banking, account reconciliations, and financial reporting for the university.
The Accounting Manager’s responsibilities include reviewing journal entries, reconciling accounts, maintaining ledgers, developing procedures, preparing reports, and updating records in the university’s financial systems. The Manager is also involved with establishing internal controls and serves as a campus liaison for issues related to financial systems and transactions.
Candidates are expected to have a strong understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and to acquire knowledge of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL), Universities of Wisconsin (UW) Administration, and State of Wisconsin financial policies and procedures.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a business-related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum five years of professional financial experience with demonstrated increasing responsibility.
  • Knowledge of GAAP.
  • Strong aptitude for understanding and analyzing accounting systems.
  • Strong ability to review, analyze, and interpret financial data, policies, procedures, and regulations to create reports, complete reconciliations, prepare projections, and provide advisement.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people with diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to conduct oneself with personal integrity and to perform work with high ethical standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in accounting or business administration from an accredited institution.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of governmental or fund accounting.
  • Proficient in the development of computer queries to extract accurate data and reports.


$80,000-$90,000 dependent upon experience