The Grants/Contracts Accountant is a member of the Post-Award team in the University's central Office of Sponsored Projects. The incumbent is expected to provide direct services to faculty, department managers and all members of the research community. Responsibilities include reviewing and processing awards, including interpreting and ensuring compliance with award terms and conditions, rendering decisions regarding sponsored project issues, budget management, expenditure review, financial reporting, cash management, and all other award management activities, including participation in training, special projects and systems development. Review, interpret and disseminate University and sponsor policies for a variety of issues ranging from cost allowability to reporting requirements, effectively articulate these policies to internal and external constituencies including Faculty, Departmental Administrators, and the Division of the Vice President for Research. In addition, the position also serves as a mentor and resource to junior staff members.
The Grant/Contract Accountant position plays a key role in the overall post-award function in OSP, including account creation, expenditure review, financial reporting, and award close-out. Therefore, it is important that the incumbent in this position possess a well rounded knowledge of post award administration issues. Excellent decision making and interpretive skills, a technically competent understanding of fund accounting, and the ability to provide effective advice on award issues are required to answer questions and resolve issues presented by departmental administrators and faculty members. Tireless attention to detail and awareness of the importance of University's relationship with sponsors. Willingness to participate in regional and national professional development activities such as National Council of University Research Administrators and travel or remote attendance on behalf of the University to meetings and conferences.
- Bachelor's degree required; Accounting or Finance major, and/or CPA preferred.
- Experience implementing management application systems.
- Experience: 5 to 7 years of research administration experience or closely related experience preferred.
- Computer proficiency in database creation/maintenance, word and spreadsheet applications mandatory, and award management application systems experience preferred. Ability to navigate sponsor's administrative websites for award management and financial reporting.
- Ability to interact effectively with staff, faculty, deans and external sponsors; strong organizational, administrative, and time management skills; ability to work under pressure in a deadline oriented environment; ability to satisfy divergent interest in support of broader strategic goals of the University (e.g, Building on Distinction).
- Effective communication skills, both oral and written, to elicit and communicate information, to analyze complex issues, and to prepare/present clear, informative and concise materials.
- Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills. Initiative and judgement to independently problem solve and prioritize. Ability to work independently, but also as a strong team player when needed. Must also demonstrate the ability to be organized and flexible in an environment that requires continuous monitoring of priorities.
- Additional requirements include enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced environment; exceptional attention to detail and ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
Background check: criminal and education verification
Recruiting Start Date:2020-06-16-07:00
Job Posting Title:Grant/Contract Accountant II
Department:Office of Sponsored Projects
Time Type:Full time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:37.5
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