Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: B3001 / Accountant 3
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Monitors the business activities of the organization through the maintenance and control of financial records. Performs advanced accounting functions in the management of the organization's business affairs. Prepares integrated financial and statistical reports, statements, projections, and recommendations that may have long-term impact on funding for the organization. Supervises the activities of staff within a business unit, as appropriate to the position. If in a core office, this position is responsible for the internal controls needed to maintain the integrity of UNM's financial system as well as meet the university's institutional regulatory and compliance requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees daily processing and accounting for revenue and expenditures by departments; reviews and reports financial transactions to funding sources; ensures accuracy, completeness, and compliance with university, local, state, and federal requirements, and standard accounting and audit procedures.
  2. Monitors and maintains key accounting information for the operating unit within the finance system.
  3. Interprets and analyzes financial operations and transactions, forecasts trends, and develops special complex reports and analyses for management and funding agencies; makes recommendations for asset utilization and expenditure control.
  4. Monitors and maintains appropriate revenue levels by actions such as letter of credit draw downs and cost reimbursement or fee-for-service billings; oversees major liability accounts for the organization.
  5. Designs complex accounting and database applications for personal computers; balances and maintains ledgers for the automated financial and human resource management systems.
  6. If in a core office, monitors and maintains appropriate revenue levels by actions such as letter of credit draw downs and cost reimbursement or fee-for-service billings; oversees major liability accounts for the organization.
  7. May supervise personnel which may include recommendations for hiring, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  8. May serve on University committees that develop accounting policies and procedures.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and successful completion of at least 15 credit hours of university-level accounting through intermediate accounting; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications.
  • Knowledge of contracting process and associated local, state, federal, and other regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to monitor and maintain institutional revenue levels and liability accounts.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and/or projections.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Knowledge of software to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections.
  • Ability to analyze budgetary expenditures for compliance with funding agencies' budget, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures to maintain compliance with various regulations.
  • Working knowledge of financial software tools to quantify and illustrate routine financial reports, statements, and/or projections.
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures, applicable local, state, and federal regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Performing advanced accounting functions in a centralized or major department accounting control unit; b) Implementing policies and procedures to maintain compliance with contracts, federal, state, local laws, university policies and procedures, and other regulations; c) Developing comprehensive reports, analyses, impacts and projections for management and funding agencies, and d) Supervising staff to include reviewing, organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017