HR Accounting Manager

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Classification:Fiscal Manager 3
Grade:Grade 82
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Human Resources
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Human Resources, Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Human Resources department is recruiting for an HR Accounting Manager. This position is responsible for managing the operations of accounting and payroll tax compliance, monitoring and directing the financial reporting activities, and will be in charge of all internal and external reporting requirements. As the HR Accounting Manager, you will lead a team to work well within deadline constraints and a multitude of accounting activities, including general ledger preparation and management, year-end audit preparation, regulatory audits, and the support of budget/forecasting activities on a quarterly basis.


10%Represent the university to the public in explaining and defending university policies and plans. Manage and coordinate cross-functional team meetings; identify the appropriate departments and/or personnel to be involved. Develop relationships with campus HR leadership, cross-functional leadership, and other HR and Finance teams. Resolve politically sensitive or complex situations. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential
20%Direct all aspects of HR taxation encompassing payroll and benefits including UA tax reporting, monitoring, interpreting, and implementing federal, state, and UA laws/policies/regulations including tax law, INS, garnishment and labor laws that may affect payroll, HR accounting, and/or processing and ensure UA's compliance with these laws.Essential
5%Advise and assist in strategic planning for HR and decision making regarding benefit plan or vendor changes, Union contracts, UA policy or regulation changes, personnel policy or procedural changes, and finance policy or procedural changes. Resolve questions or issues concerning compliance. Assess and implement procedures as a result of changes to regulations.Essential
5%Identify best practices and advocate sound HR and accounting principles in all aspects of process and procedure improvement. Train and assist staff in recognizing and implementing improvements or potential risks due to a loss of data integrity or inconsistent processes.Essential
5%Implement tools and procedures to aid in the efficiency and effectiveness of HR Accounting. Identify system service needs and develop processes to meet those needs. Coordinate with HRIS and EAS in the modification or implementation of reports or queries for use by HR accounting. Assign adhoc reporting requests to HR accounting staff giving assistance as needed to define scope and data elements of the reports.Essential
5%Responsible for maintaining a system of internal controls for UA payroll disbursement and for providing technical and analytical support for the development and implementation of business strategies, process improvements, policies, objectives, and monitoring financial decision-making approvals. Recommend improvements to enhance the accuracy and timeliness of information and enhance the system of internal controls. Keep abreast with the latest advancements in payroll practices. Evaluate industry trends and standards and determine if optimizations or policy changes are appropriate for UA.Essential
50%Manage HR accounting staff to effectively meet the goals of the UA HR office and the university including directing and providing technical leadership and training best practices to staff throughout the UA system on all levels of processes and procedures relevant to accounting. Train HR staff on customer service ensuring that the needs of internal and external customers are being met.Essential

This position can be located in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau.


Requires working understanding of HR (payroll, personnel, benefits, recruitment, budget), including HR processes, HR theory, and HR compliance
Requires working understanding of complex business and/or financial systems and how information flows between and impacts different functional areas
Requires intermediate knowledge of MS Access, Oracle Data browser, or other database reporting tools
Requires knowledge of bank transaction and cash control methods
Requires advanced knowledge of automated accounting systems
Requires knowledge of complex spreadsheet and database development and computer-generated reports
Requires advanced knowledge of accounting theory and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Requires advanced knowledge of rules and regulations associated with fiscal activities
Requires an advanced knowledge level of MS Word and Excel
Requires comprehensive understanding of Banner HR, Banner Finance
Requires knowledge of strategic planning procedures and project management
Requires knowledge of cost/benefit analysis, budget forecasting techniques, and budget preparation procedures
Requires knowledge of compliance requirements specifically in tax
Demonstrated evidence practicing leadership principles, management and supervision, training and development, and performance management in order to create a positive and professional team
Must be able to adapt to new system interfaces with ease
Must be able to analyze complex problems and develop strategies for resolution
Must be able to interpret regulations, fiscal and purchasing policies, and contracts
Must be able to understand the impacts of changes to policy and/or regulations and plan for impacts on the organization
Must be able to understand fiscal and purchasing policies, rules, and regulations
Must be able to prioritize workload independently and meet deadlines under stressful situations
Must be flexible and able to manage an environment of change
Requires expert analytical and research skills and innovative thinking
Requires strong communication skills and the ability to persuade others, resolve conflict, and understand another's point of view
Must be skilled at presenting information in a professional group environment
Must have strong cross-functional collaboration skills
Must be skilled at identifying and proactively addressing problems or potential risks
Must have organizational and follow-up skills
Must have verification, monitoring, and reconciling skills
Requires an advanced understanding of Lean Six Sigma or other process improvement methodology


Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Professional licensure preferred (CPA, CFM). Minimum 5 years progressively responsible professional or management fiscal experience.


Please submit a resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. This recruitment is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on January 24, 2022. To ensure your application is considered, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time, January 23, 2022.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18, 2022.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contracts.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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