University of Maryland Baltimore is currently seeking a Senior Pre & Post Award Accountant for School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Science. The Senior Pre and Post Award Accountant will establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, and students to provide the highest level of pre-award and post-award management of federal, state, and corporate sponsored proposals and grants. The position is responsible for hands on oversight and management of the grant process from development, review, and submission through the post-award stage at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy & Science (PPS). This position will need to identify, develop, and implement procedures/practices to ensure clinical and research administration goals and objectives are met while complying with University, federal, state, and sponsor rules and regulations.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Serves as departmental subject matter expert to faculty and staff in the development and review of all grant and contract proposals and applications. Reviews and interprets funding agency guidelines and regulations and advises faculty as to policies and procedures of those agencies as well as those of the state and University. Works with faculty to develop proposals, budgets, and advise on funding strategies and timelines.
Leads faculty in budget development and planning, advising on determination and computation of appropriate salary levels, percentages of effort, fringe benefit rates, and indirect cost rate and base. Ensures that all appropriate university officials have approved the proposed activity.
Coordinates proposal development activity to plan, manage, and track milestones and ensure internal and external deadlines are met. Oversees the contractual process of sponsored awards with both Sponsored Programs Administration/Sponsored Programs Accounting and Compliance and external sponsors for faculty.
Post Award Administration:
Serves as primary point of contact between University and sponsoring agencies, and between faculty and University administration matters and issues related to the sponsored projects. Provide expertise to faculty in interpreting award terms and conditions and maintaining best financial practices to assure compliance with sponsor requirements, university policies and procedures, and relevant laws and regulations. Responsible for insuring faculty maintain proper spending of research funding.
Reviews and analyzes data to solve complex sponsored research problems; develops and implements updates to workflow, practices, and procedures; prepares reports and summaries on clinical and research funding projects. Interprets data for the purpose of determining past financial performance to develop and prepare financial reports for financial analysis, forecasting, and trending. Devises financial reporting tools and reports.
Oversees contract and grant budgets and works with departmental administration to establish budgeted funds. Reviews and maintains documentation related to cost transfers, requests for expenditures, effort reporting, budget revisions, and fund statements. Oversee invoicing, accounts receivable, and deposits in the financial system and ensures payments are applied correctly.
Performs continuous monitoring of project, drafts requests to funding agency for revisions in terms and conditions, and prepares multiple representations and certifications to federal and private agencies.
Business Unit Operations:
Ensures overall optimum unit efficiency and compliance with appropriate policies, procedures, and specifications. Works closely with sponsors and leadership to develop shared business processes in order to streamline operations.
Schedules and contributes to evaluation of professional and clerical staff. Manages workflow of Contract and Grant Specialists and provides training in proposal and budget development, submission, sponsor guidelines, and other areas as needed.
Increase and promote institutional knowledge related to research grants and contracts administration and management and remain current with industry-wide grants management trends/regulations. Implements changes to UMB policies and procedures to incorporate research administration updates.
Conceptualize, develop, and provide ongoing in-service training to faculty and departmental support staff to ensure timely education and information related to research related issues.
Primary liaison with campus Sponsored Programs Administration, Clinical Trials and Corporate Contracts, and Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance teams to ensure projects are set up and closed out accurately and in a timely manner. Interacts directly with designation sponsor representatives to clarify ambiguous terms and conditions, and to request supplemental funding, no cost extensions, and other administrative requests.
Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications :
Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or other field related to pharmacy science and clinical research. Preferred Education: Master's degree in accounting or business administration preferred. Experience: Five (5) years of experience working with contracts and grants including budget and proposal preparation as post award reconciliation. Financial Disclosure: Required Credit History Review: May be required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
Possesses a knowledge of position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws/research processes. Knowledge of principles and practices pertaining to developing and administering a research grant proposal and awards in compliance with sponsor, federal, state, and university regulations.
Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Assumes personal responsibility for outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base. Skill in project management and ability to understand and synthesize contractual and other project requirements related to milestones and deliverables. Ability to analyze and monitor financial activities and milestones. Capability to extract and analyze appropriate data to convey complex information.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational skills are a must. Writes and presents information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding.
Ability to multi-task and take the initiative to resolve issues for faculty in an expeditious manner.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with other associates to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers. Ability to work productively in project-specific teams.
Hiring Range: Mid to high $70K - Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Exempt Staff - E1434F
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice and Science - Academic Support
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.