The School of Public Health is seeking applications for a Finance Professional 3 - Grant/Research position.
The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.
Duties and Responsibilities will include:
Financial Research Award Management and Analysis (60%)
Responsible for a portfolio of faculty members’ sponsored research and university non-sponsored research support accounts and related activity. This includes accounting budget and report preparation, general accounting, reconciliations, compliance and auditing, and approving or denying expenditures based on existing administrative requirements and policies.
Problem-solving post-award grants management issues and working collaboratively with individuals across all levels of the organization, or outside the organization such as sponsors, collaborating institutions, subaward institutions, service providers, or contractors/consultants, to recommend solutions.
Interpret award regulations and relate to Principal Investigators and staff as well as proactively identifying and resolving issues related to expenditures, personnel effort charging, carry forward requests, no cost extension, re-budget requirements, grant close-outs, changes in key personnel, cost-share/salary cap application, and Effort Certification.
Regularly meet with faculty to review status of accounts and develop individualized financial projections and reports, including providing regular financial management and oversight to faculty accounts to monitor issues, identify and solve problems, and improve financial project management.
Maintain and update post-award grant data records in Division grants database from setup through closeout.
Work with SFR (Sponsored Financial Reporting) to analyze detailed reports provided to sponsors for accuracy.
Work with SPA (Sponsored Projects Administration) to ensure award requirements are met and ensure research grants are closed out properly.
Serve as a certified approver (must be certified within one year if not already) for externally funded research expenditures.
Effort Coordinator (20%)
Serve as effort manager for assigned faculty portfolio to include policy guidance, audit and oversight of effort statements in regards to commitments, salary cap issues, and timely processing. Communicate regularly with Principal Investigators and project staff, including collaborating units, sponsored and non-sponsored personnel effort, request any necessary distribution changes, and/or correcting Retro transactions from departmental payroll administrator, and setup up required cost-share/Federal salary cap correctly. Assure that deadlines are met, tasks processed, communication shared, and training provided.
Manage and update faculty effort commitment information using internal processes and systems.
Communicate regularly with faculty regarding their effort and proactively identify and resolve issues.
General Financial Operations & Oversight (15%)
In collaboration with other staff, identify and implement process improvements related to sponsored and non-sponsored accounting.
Provide input on internal subaward processes, contracts for professional services, award tracking, closeout and compliance.
Provide input on purchasing and accounting activity: accounting processes and procedures, overall financial compliance, evaluation of workload issues and tasks, training and orientation of accounting and purchasing personnel, analyze and improve workflows; serve as a resource to colleagues and faculty on financial matters, identify areas for improvement.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
Participates regularly in professional development activities such as Grant Management User Network, Sponsored Project Symposium, Certified Approver Community of Practice, and other and University grant and financial training opportunities. Builds relationships with colleagues beyond the Division to share best practices.
Represent division and college on work groups and committees; attend appropriate trainings and meetings to stay current on University, state, and federal regulations and systems.
Work Arrangements: Flexible Start and End times Hybrid option with a minimum of 3 days in the office during core business hours
Starting pay dependent on qualifications: $65-85K annually, depending on the candidate’s total relevant education and experience
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
· Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and medical/sick leave · Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans · Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts · Excellent retirement plans with employer match · Disability and employer paid life insurance · Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums · Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition · Student loan forgiveness opportunity · Opportunities for growth and promotion · Employee Assistance Program
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Required Qualifications: BA/BS degree in accounting or related field and 4 years of professional accounting work experience OR a combination of related education and professional accounting work experience to equal 8 years. Experience with grants and contracts. Experience in nonprofit, government, public or academic settings.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability as a self-starter who takes initiative, acts independently, and confidently. Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and resolve complex problems. Demonstrated knowledge of sponsors’ fiscal/administrative terms and conditions. Ability to constructively communicate complex financial data and issues to a non-financial audience Demonstrated ability to organize and handle multiple tasks, projects, financial activities simultaneously. Proven excellent written and verbal communication skills Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting under tight deadlines. Proven ability to prioritize workload. Demonstrated ability to interact with people of all responsibility and experience levels within an organization and with external entities. Demonstrated ability to anticipate business needs of the department, develop and analyze alternatives, and make recommendations to faculty and unit leaders regarding budgets and sponsored projects. Administrative/business experience at the U of MN strongly preferred. Experience managing effort certification and/or payroll commitments strongly preferred. Experience and expertise in technology as related to the needs of this position. Demonstrated strong service orientation. Certified approver status or must have the skills and ability to work toward becoming a certified approver within one year of employment. Familiarity with University and sponsored accounting (Federal and non-Federal) regulations and University financial systems is ideal but not required.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.