Job Description

Red Rocks Community College seeks applications for a full time Senior Staff Accountant to join our Administrative Services team!

Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication. (See:  We encourage applications from individuals whose background and interests align with our commitment to inclusiveness. 

With an unrivaled reputation grounded in our Values, we stand out as a cutting edge model in higher education. We are one of the first community colleges in the country to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Our continued pursuit of excellence is instilled in our employees and has inspired a dynamic and passionate culture.

Connect daily and make a difference in the lives of thousands of students working to earn an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or a Master’s degree at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). RRCC has two campuses: our main campus in Lakewood, Colorado and our newly expanded campus in Arvada, Colorado. Red Rocks is Colorado’s premier community college and the fourth largest in the state, serving over 15,000 students each year. RRCC is the first community college in the nation to offer a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies and the first in Colorado to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Water Quality Management.

Position Summary: The Senior Staff Accountant is responsible for providing professional technical accounting services in all areas of the accounting function, including grants and contracts.  This position performs a variety of professional accounting and complex technical functions associated with properly classifying, recording, and reporting general, auxiliary, restricted, and agency fund transactions.  Restricted fund transactions include federal, state, local, and private grant and contract funds.  This position will also provide general accounting functions including the preparation of reconciliations, analyses needed for period closes, projections, reports, and general ledger research and analysis.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or other closely related field (Substitution: Full-time professional accounting experience directly related to the position duties may substitute for the bachelor’s degree in accounting on a year for year basis; provided however, that at least 18 credits of accounting coursework leading to a degree have been completed) 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as evidenced by at least two years progressively responsible professional accounting and/or auditing experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or other closely related field
  • Certified Federal Grant Manager or coursework within the previous three years leading to the Certified Federal Grant Manager credential
  • CPA or candidate
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OMB Circulars and federal and state statutes applicable to grants and federal contracts-evidenced by two or more years’ experience preparing and/or reviewing federal and state grant reporting and billing or federal government contract accounting 
  • Experience with accounting in a state agency, community college, or other higher-education setting
  • Audit experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Good communication skills, good customer service skills, demonstrated intermediate to advanced spreadsheet (Excel) skills, good familiarity with Cognos, Monarch, or other electronic reporting tools

Position Responsibilities:

Grant and Contract Accounting and Reporting Tasks: Provide restricted fund grant and contract accounting and reporting for federal, state, local, and private funding sources.  Ensure compliance with the grant/contract agreement and all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, OMB Circulars as codified into federal law, state fiscal rules, or other applicable guidance. Work closely with other RRCC departments such as Financial Aid, Instruction, Child Care Innovations, etc. and the RRCC Foundation to coordinate restricted fund requirements and provide grant program support.  Ensure grant budgets are entered timely upon grant award.   Prepare timely and accurate reconciliations of grant expenditures, monthly invoices to grantors, and other reporting required by grantors.  Calculate allocable expenses and indirect charges, and prepare journal entries or labor redistribution entries.  Redistribute labor through the payroll system in Banner, as needed, to ensure grant general ledger postings agree to timesheets.  Monthly record restricted fund revenue and receivables.  Complete inter-departmental transfer (IDI) entries for related grant expenses.  Prepare monthly worker’s compensation calculation and entry to allocate appropriate expense to grant awards.  After grant close out, ensure the restricted fund activity is fully recorded and all balance sheet activity is complete.  Prepare year end accrual entries, adjustments and schedules for the annual audit, State of Colorado compliance, and financial reporting. 

Other Restricted Fund Accounting Tasks:  If assigned, prepare monthly reconciliation of payroll expenditures for students funded by state and federal work study awards per the payroll register to the financial aid system.  If assigned, prepare monthly reconciliation of federal financial aid (Pell, Direct Lending) awards per the Financial Aid system to the accounting system (Banner) and to the federal financial aid reporting system (COD).  Work directly with the Financial Aid office to resolve and correct any reconciling items. 

General Accounting Tasks:  Prepare and assist with preparation of balance sheet, clearing account, or other monthly reconciliations, as assigned.  Balance sheet accounts may include, but are not limited to, reconciliation of cash sweeps from the operating cash account to State Treasury including detailed investigation of any reconciling items and timely preparation of correcting journal entries where needed.  Work closely with the Bursar, Cashier’s Office, and Accounts Receivable to resolve issues and prepare correcting journal entries prior to monthly closing.  Reconcile other college cash accounts including the financial aid account, as assigned.  Prepare and assist with preparation of year end account analyses, footnotes, state exhibits, audit schedules or other reporting, as requested.  Provide backup assistance for project accounting for capital construction and controlled maintenance.  Review FOAP mismatch no less than twice monthly and prepare necessary correcting entries to ensure clean report prior to month end closing.  Prepare CORE mirroring and correcting entries as assigned. Perform transaction research and prepare expense allocations for phones, copiers, or other items, as assigned.  Perform other accounting duties, as assigned.

General Accounting Backup Support Tasks:  Provide backup support for other departmental staff as needed during periods of leave:  twice weekly review of AP warrant batches for appropriate FOAP, authorizing signatures, payment amount, remittance address; fixed asset tagging and reporting; keying student refunds; and CORE entries and/or transactions.  Review payroll entries, as requested.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Documentation Tasks:  Develop and maintain detailed written task procedures.  Review scanned documentation to ensure accuracy and completeness.  Index scanned documents into Banner Document Management (BDM) system no less than monthly.

Starting salary: $46,246 - $50,871/annual

To Apply – Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday November 25, 2018. To apply for this position, please click the button below and complete an application including the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position
  2. A resume
    • Contact information (email and phone number) for three references will be asked for in the application.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically through Red Rocks Community College employment online:   

Important Notes

Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

RRCC has designated the Executive Director of Human Resources as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. 303-914-6298.

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the application process, please notify Human Resources at 303-914-6570.

RRCC conducts pre-employment background checks on all employment finalists to determine or verify background information, including criminal history, references from previous employment, qualifications, and, when applicable, driving history. Employment offers are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report.

For information regarding Red Rocks Community College security, including crime statistics for the Red Rocks Community College Lakewood and Arvada campuses, please see the Red Rocks Community College campus security website at: For a hard copy report please contact 303.914.6494.

Application Instructions

To Apply – Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday November 25, 2018. To apply for this position, please click the button below and complete an application including the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position
  2. A resume
    • Contact information (email and phone number) for three references will be asked for in the application.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically through Red Rocks Community College employment online:   

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