Accountant, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES)

University of Pennsylvania
March 20, 2021
Philadelphia, PA
Job Type


Accountant, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Accountant, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES)

Job Profile Title
Accountant C

Job Description Summary
The Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) provides the expertise, business process, policies and standards required to plan, design, construct, operate, maintain and renew the physical assets of the University, excluding the health system. In addition, the Division, comprised of approximately five Departments, is responsible for the strategic planning, management and operation of non-academic University property, and collaborating with the neighborhood to create a safe, diverse and economically vibrant destination. With close to 12M square feet of space, FRES maintains 186 buildings on a campus of 276 acres, completes over 60,000 maintenance requests per year, and starts approximately 250 projects a year. FRES is comprised of the following Departments: Administration, Office of the University Architect, Design and Construction, Real Estate, Operations and Maintenance.

The University of Pennsylvania is implementing a campus transformation entitled Penn Connects ( This comprehensive, award winning effort is expanding the campus over the next 20 years, including the construction of new academic research and recreational facilities. In addition, the University has secured $300M in Century Bond funding and continues to upgrade existing facilities over the coming years.

Job Description

Accountant C


Accounts payable functions, general ledger accounting, financial reporting and account analysis.

Work under limited supervision to assist the Operations' Accounting & Payroll Manager in the daily operation of the department

Completion of purchase order entry, allocating costs, monthly accrual and amortization journal entries, invoice payments, and external charge data uploads.

Must exhibit excellent communication and customer service skills when interacting with all vendors and staff members regarding purchase orders, allocating costs, determining and recording monthly accrual and amortization journal entries

Document new processes and incorporating best practices as outlined in the Business Control Model and Procure to Pay initiative.

The accountant will be assigned all tasks related to management, invoice payment, distribution of costs and billing of utilities.

Accomplish all tasks with a strong knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).



Bachelors Degree in Accounting and 3-5 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

Proficient with accounting system software packages and spreadsheet software (preferably Excel)

Strong oral and written communications skills

Familiarity with University accounting systems a plus


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Facilities and Real Estate Services

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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