Position Overview: We are searching for a self-starter Research Accountant to join a team of pre and post award Research Accountants. We are looking for someone with knowledge and experience interpreting policies and procedures and communicating financial information to non-financial personnel. This position reports to the Sr. Research Accountant/Certified Approver.
Prepare budget and support grant proposal submissions (40%) â— Read and interpret proposal solicitations for budget instructions. â— Prepare proposal budget using solicitation instructions and faculty input. â— Determine appropriate rates to use for personnel, fringe and indirect costs. â— Lead the proposal preparation process with the faculty and subcontracts, as needed. â— Responsible for timely proposal submission to SPA and agency. â— Collaborate with post award accountants on proposal details, as needed. â— Maintain official proposal data for the department.
Department Approver (30%) â— Provide approvals for financial transactions to include travel reimbursements, requisitions, journals, deposits, vouchers, and procurement card (PCARD) activity. â— Audit and approve expenditures on sponsored research projects. â— Interpret grants/contract regulations and how they relate to University policies/procedures, identify areas of concern, and recommend solutions. â— Provide expertise on expenditure requirements and policy. â— Assist with various internal audits of business operations to ensure compliance.
Accounting Support (20%) â— Support the accounting transactional financial work of faculty’s financial portfolio to include preparing JEs and RTDs. â— Prepare financial ad hoc reports, as needed. â— Provide support during effort reporting and other deadlines.
University-Wide, Collegiate & Department Citizenship (5%) â— Serve on committees as needed for the University, College and Department
Other Duties as Assigned (5%) â— Attends GMUN, FSUN and SPA Symposium and appropriate training opportunities. â— Work with unit administration on annual budget preparation and entry. â— Other duties as needed to manage the accounting function in the department.
BA/BS in accounting or related field and 2 years of relevant work experience OR a combination of education and experience to equal 6 years.
Familiarity with University systems such as PeopleSoft, EFS, UM Reports, ECRT and EGMS.
Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and resolve complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to organize and direct multiple projects and interrelated financial activities with major operational or funding impact.
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.
Strong customer service skills.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Familiarity with University and sponsor accounting (Federal and non-Federal) regulations.
Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects with fixed deadlines and ability to re-prioritize tasks as needed to successfully meet all deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members and individuals
Demonstrated ability to take direction and correction to improve skills and productivity.
Demonstrated experience communicating clearly and effectively to faculty, staff, students, central business units, governmental organizations and private businesses, both verbally and in writing.
*Please note that the University's financial systems require training and demonstrated proficiency before access will be granted to those systems.*
Internal Number: 338583
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