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Job Req ID:  19260

Sr. Accountant


General Description:

Financial Research Compliance is responsible to ensure that sponsored funding is used for authorized purposes in compliance with applicable grant and contract terms, Federal and State regulations and University policies and procedures. Functions of the department work to support these goals through management of Effort Reporting, Approvals of Cost Transfers, Sub Recipient Monitoring, reviewing federal administrative salary and non-salary costs, serving as a resource to compliance related issues, and coordination of various audits. This office works closely with the Sponsored Project Offices and the Divisional Business offices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to which grants and contracts are subject. This position requires advanced working knowledge and understanding of federal, state and agency specific regulations for grants and contracts. The Sr. Accountant will serve as the subject matter expert in the area of sub recipient monitoring for the university.


Job Responsibilities:

I.  Subrecipient Monitoring

• Collection of Uniform Guidance Single Audit and Compliance Reports for sub recipient

• Review subrecipient’s Uniform Guidance Single Audit /Compliance report

• Issue management responses

• Collect survey for new subrecipients


II.  Review and Approve Payroll and Non-payroll Cost Transfers

• Ensure compliance with university policies, federal regulations and sponsor guidelines

• Ensure supporting documentation, invoices, receipts are present

• Ensure late explanation is reasonable

• Ensure reason code is applicable

• Confirm status of effort report


III.  Review and Analyze Administrative Cost for Allowability on Federal Awards

• Review the award’s terms and condition for restrictions

• Review award budget to determine administrative cost allowability

• Follow-up with department for supporting detail


IV.  Review and Analyze Adherence to the Various Salary Cap Requirements

• Review awards to determine if salary cap is applicable

• Instruct departments on salary cap calculation

• Review salary cap calculation for accuracy


V.  Provide Customer Service Support to the User Community

• Utilize interpersonal communication skills to address a wide range of questions from departmental personnel regarding sponsored awards in order to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures

• Respond to inquiries from internal and external sources and review accounting transactions to locate and resolve discrepancies

• Advise departments on compliance issues and the interpretation of applicable regulations (e.g. effort, cost allocations, allowability, etc.)


VI.  Train and Mentor User Community on Financial Research Compliance Policies

• Develop course materials to be used in the training of Sponsored Projects processes by the user community

• Train the user community on Sponsored Projects processes utilizing the SAP training client.

• Train and advise staff on best practices, policies and procedures

• Assist in developing policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistent operations


VII.  Other Responsibilities

• SAP support pack testing

• Respond to Uniform Guidance Single Audit request

• Assist with Uniform Guidance Single Audit test work

• Assist with ad hoc audit request

• Assist in the monitoring of the Effort reporting process



• Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance or related field required.  MBA or Master’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field preferred.

• Three years of progressively responsible related work experience. Experience with statistical packages and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and format data and/or reports.

  • If Bachelor's degree is in unrelated field, four years of progressively responsible experience is required.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA’s):

• Advanced knowledge of grants and contracts and OMB Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200

• Advanced knowledge of the laws and regulations that apply to an accounting function and are required to ensure compliance

• Strong ability to understand the University’s accounting system

• Advanced knowledge in the use of financial software applications, relational databases, spreadsheets, and/or word processing

• Ability to use various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate, and format data and/or reports

• Ability to exercise independent judgment in the processing and resolution of non-routine, highly complex accounting matters while assuming responsibility for those decisions

• Ability to interact with personnel from Departments, Offices of Research Administration, and Divisional Business Offices as needed and to be sensitive to the relationship between those areas


Classified Title: Sr. Accountant 
Working Title: Sr. Accountant 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,000 to $81,000 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon. - Fri, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10003601-Financial Research Compliance 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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