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Staff Accountant

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Staff Accountant assists and supports Administration in several accounting functions including general ledger accounting, reconciling accounts, assisting in managing purchase orders, managing fixed assets, acting as a backup for payroll processing and other appropriate accounting data and maintaining the accounting department files.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists in preparation and review of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports including preparing Form 990, Form 1099 Misc. and Form 1042 information.
  • Assists in all audit activities related to external audit agencies, ensuring an unqualified opinion and appropriate internal controls.
  • Assists in the monthly close process to ensure financial statements are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Executes the day to day accounting related functions, such as billing, purchasing, general ledger and reporting.
  • Acts as primary backup to the Payroll specialist in completing monthly payroll duties.
  • Performs and assists with general accounting processing tasks including bank and account reconciliations, journal entry posting, and fixed asset tracking.
  • Records and manages fixed asset purchases including adding purchases and electronic support documentation to the fixed asset system, meeting with various labs to document and tag items, and completing a fixed asset inventory review.
  • Monitors deposits and records cash transactions for review in the financial system.
  • Assists in helping Morgridge departments and labs to resolve problems related to purchasing, accounting, and finance.
  • Assists with post award grant accounting functions as needed, which may include monitoring financial activity of new and ongoing agreements and contracts to ensure that reporting requirements and deliverables are met.
  • Interacts with staff to ensure that open and proper communication is taking place to help facilitate an efficient and effective work environment.
  • Provides assistance with other projects, as necessary to support the mission, goals, and financial objectives of the Morgridge Institute for Research.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • At least five years previous experience in finance or accounting required
  • Payroll processing experience strongly desired

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of finance, budget, accounting methods, practices, procedures and other guidelines including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Highly proficient with databases and spreadsheet programs; experience using financial or accounting information systems
  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate proposed programs and expenditures
  • Ability to process information effectively to identify and define problems and make decisions
  • Ability to act with discretion and judgment as well as maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization

To Apply

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume as one document via the link below.

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