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Senior Accountant - Grants Accounting

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Senior Accountant - Grants Accounting  and Requisition ID number: 73928

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Grants Accounting (10001250) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  AMP(42) 

Functional Area:  Administrative 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



This posting will be used to fill up to 2 positions.



Under general supervision, performs professional accounting, technical review, and budget support duties; reviews, verifies and reports financial and technical transactions; analyzes and researches financial records, and assures compliance with accounting standards and MPS policies and procedures.



  • Performs and coordinates professional accounting functions for Grants Accounting; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies and quality standards; duties may vary according to job assignment.
  • Reviews, verifies and analyzes financial information and technical transactions; summarizes data and develops reports that provide comprehensive, integrated and transparent financial information.
  • Presents financial information, findings and recommendations to assist managers in decision-making.
  • Reviews and approves reports and transactions regarding data tracking, financial reporting, transactional accounting, budget accounting, position control, purchasing and contracts.
  • Assures the accounting activities and procedures are in compliance with state and Federal rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
  • Monitors accounting work methods and processing procedures, and assures the quality of the financial controls, services and work products.
  • Provides financial oversight of budgets, revenues, contracts, agreements and budget tie-out.
  • Conducts special research, analysis and planning projects; coordinates budget planning and development process.
  • Evaluates financial transactions for validity, and compliance with Federal and state technical requirements and District policies and practices; reports anomalies and discrepancies.
  • Collects financial and administrative information and compiles data for reports; prepares and distributes monthly and special reports; identifies and researches accounting issues, and recommends solutions.
  • Analyzes financial status and trends, and forecasts revenues and expenditures.
  • Provides advice and customer service to MPS staff and clients; explains SAP methods and procedures, and accounting rules, policies and procedures; researches accounting issues and resolves problems.
  • Trains staff in budgeting and accounting duties.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration


5 years of professional accounting experience, preferably in public education; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.   


Knowledge of:
  • Federal Direct Grants, Formula Grants, State, Local and Private Grants.
  • Time and Effort Reporting, Maintenance of Effort Reporting, Comparability Reporting.
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) for Public Sector financial management, including cash management and debt management procedures.
  • Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards, practices and policies.
  • Federal and state accounting regulations, procedures, and accountability standards.
  • Specialized MPS and state agency accounting software applications, including SAP, SERVS and State of Minnesota Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS).
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and employee supervision.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.


Skill in:

  • Understanding ESEA/ESSA programs
  • Interpreting and applying Uniform Grant Guidance
  • Interpreting and applying budget and accounting standards and procedures, applicable federal rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
  • Reviewing and interpreting financial documents, and verifying compliance with all regulatory requirements governing public sector financial activities.
  • Reviewing and analyzing accounting and technical transaction data and reports.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Performing analytical work requiring the use of independent judgment and initiative.
  • Analyzing budget issues, evaluating alternatives, and developing recommendations and strategies.
  • Preparing, reviewing and presenting management reports.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Maintaining accurate accounting records, and identifying and reconciling errors.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.



•  A Valid Minnesota State Driver’s license may be required.          



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


AMP   68   Exempt




Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Grants Accounting (10001250)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Administrative

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