Sponsored Research Accounting within the Finance Division is seeking applicants for a Sponsored Research Account. You will perform a variety of accounting activities in accordance with accounting principles and standards to control the organization's financial resources and ensure that it complies with all relevant regulations, laws and reporting requirements.
The Sponsored Research Accountant will provide professional-level administrative and fiscal support within a post- award sponsored project accounting environment and be responsible for proactively managing the associated function.
Core Responsibilities include:
Proactively manage sponsored projects and awards for specific Schools/Departments to ensure accurate and timely completion of financial reports in compliance with sponsor guidelines, University policies, CAS, and GAAP
Maintain continuous contact with department business managers and principal investigators to monitor grant progress
Resolve reporting and/or expense problems and serve as an information resource for campus community
Track project deliverables/milestones and technical reports, maintaining compliance with sponsor and award requirements.
Monitor budgets and expenditures to identify potential funding shortfalls and overspending with timely communication of findings and recommendations for courses of action
Ensure the accurate and timely completion of financial reports and invoices in compliance with sponsor guidelines, University policies, CAS, and GAAP
Evaluate cost sharing commitments and ensure that sponsored projects are appropriately recognizing commitments in accordance with University and sponsor guidelines
Monitor Subcontractor invoicing and reporting-Monitor Key Personnel levels of effort- Review/reconcile project expenditures for compliance with Uniform Guidelines/CAS and sponsor regulations
Set-up awards within the Oracle Grants application in compliance with University procedures, CAS, and sponsor regulations; and close awards within the Oracle Grants Application in accordance with University procedures
Manage award funding, ensuring that system funding and budgets are consistent with sponsored award documents
Work in conjunction with Cash Management Analysts to review billing formats and billed expenditures, offer guidance on sponsor requirements; approve final invoices reconciling to final financial reports and other reports submitted to sponsors
Assist with Oracle Grants/AR testing/data accumulation/data gathering, as required.
Other duties as assigned
You must demonstrate:
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Knowledge of Federal Regulations, Uniform Guidelines, FARS and applicable Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
Strong problem-solving skills
Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
Ability to work well in a team environment
Ability to solve problems as they arise independently
Bachelor's degree in Accounting is required.
3-5 years of a combination of customer service and accounting experience is required.
Oracle experience is preferred
Experience with grant management is also preferred
Successful background check
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Financial Planning, Analysis, Accounting and Reporting
Staff - Regular
Full Time/Part time
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