Accountant IV

Position Title:

Accountant IV

Job Group:

Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in not-for-profit accounting
Experience in audit preparation.
Experience in real estate accounting.
Experience with financial reporting.
Experience effectively using accounting software systems.
Knowledge of governmental/university fund accounting standards.
Knowledge of the University accounting, payroll, purchasing, and foundation systems.
Ability to prepare and present charts and graphs of financial information.

Job Description:

About the Iowa State University Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park is an innovation community and incubator for new and expanding businesses. The Park was founded to provide the space and resources needed to advance science-based initiatives and assist startups and Iowa-based companies develop their potential by nurturing scientific and technological entrepreneurial ventures. The ISU Research Park Corporation was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit, independent corporation operating under a Board of Directors appointed by Iowa State University and the ISU Foundation.

The ISU Research Park owns and operates 11 of 16 buildings on its campus, including technology and wet-dry lab incubators. In over 30 years of serving the University, researchers and businesses, ISU Research Park has seen incredible growth and even more amazing innovation from its tenants and has been a vital piece of the growth and vibrancy of the community.  We value our partnership with the University, the City, the State and our tenants to offer affordable office/lab space and the resources necessary for INNOVATORS to FLOURISH.

Currently, ISU Research Park tenants employ more than 2,500 employees in almost 100 companies or organizations, and we expect continued growth in the years to come.

Purpose and Function of the Position

The Accountant will support all aspects of accounting and financial administration, budget preparation and management, financial forecasting and analysis for the Park as well as our annual audit preparation. This position will be in charge of tenant lease invoicing, cost allocation, and financial reporting to a variety of stakeholders within and outside the university and assist with financial administration and grant management of subsidiaries and other units. This position is complex in scope and requires working with accounting and property management software. The Accountant will possess exceptional customer service skills, strong problem solving skills, and excellent organizational and analytical skills. The successful candidate will possess the ability to work independently and efficiently, be self-motivated and thrive in a fast paced, team oriented atmosphere.

Under limited administrative direction, performs professional accounting activities for specialized, complex and/or functional areas requiring the expert knowledge and professional application of accounting principles, practices and techniques in accordance with industry standards, current laws, and University policy. Works independently under broad direction solving complex technical and managerial problems.

Example of Duties:

  • Ensures that all daily accounting tasks are completed, including payables, receivables, and management of multiple accounts both within the University and at private banks.
  • Researches, analyzes, and uses independent judgment in a variety of daily and non-routine decisions affecting assigned function.
  • Prepares and/or directs the preparation of specialized or highly complex financial reports, statements, surveys, or analyses for management.
  • Advises administrative management regarding procedures concerning expenditures and other accounting practices.
  • Recommends alternatives to management when accounting data indicates trends or situations requiring action to be taken beyond the scope of responsibilities.
  • Researches and evaluates new or changed accounting principles and practices.

The University is in the process of implementing a new classification and compensation structure. The impending change is expected to be completed by Fall 2020. Any P&S employee hired through this posting may be assigned a new title and associated pay grade upon the employment start date (and after the initial offer), commensurate with qualifications required for the position. The duties and responsibilities of the posted position, in addition to compensation offered, will not be affected by this process.

Appointment Type:


Number of Months Employed Per Year:

12 Month Work Period

Time Type:

Full time

Pay Rate Type:


Pay Grade:


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:

June 3, 2020

Posting Close Time:

This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.

Posting Close Date:

June 11, 2020

Job Requisition Number:


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Posted on

June 9, 2020