Employment Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Vacancy ID: P007089
Salary Range: $68,000 - $75,000
The primary purpose of this position is to provide management, staff development and technical oversight to the accounting staff who perform the following post-award function processes:Oversee the billing, collection and deposit of funds due the University.
Submit accurate, complete financial reports and invoices in an efficient, timely manner to various agencies and organizations.
Understand, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, and procedures applicable to the processing of financial data, maintenance of financial records, preparation of fiscal reports, and management of funds.
This position will review and approve financial reports/invoices and financial data issued to sponsors in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contracts and grants, and provide assistance to University personnel and sponsoring agencies.
The Sponsored Projects Accounting Manager has mastery of core financial compliance competencies; including federal and sponsor guidelines, compliance issues related to time and effort reporting, research integrity, subrecipient monitoring, A-133 audit standards, cost sharing and other areas of financial research compliance. The manager must also be able to convey the above knowledge to OSR staff and Principal Investigators (PI). Manage the team workload to ensure that deadlines are met; analyze data and make accurate projections using standard budgeting and accounting practices; read and interpret budget and accounting reports, review/audit staff's transactions for allowability, allocability, reasonableness and consistency; make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment in resolving issues related to grant and contract administration; establish effective working relationships with the staffs of multiple departments in order to ensure that transactions are completed in a timely manner.
The manager must maintain high standards of customer service while ensuring compliance with the guidelines of funding agencies. Be solution oriented, resourceful and proactive when pursing strategies for problem resolution. Respond quickly and effectively to the needs of Principal Investigators and project staff; compile and analyze data for written reports and presentations.
Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; represent the Office of Sponsored Research in a professional manner to outside funding agencies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of PIs and other administrative staff.
Work both independently and as a part of a larger research administration team. Mentor and train others, including direct reports, PI and other OSR staff. Participate in meetings and the development and implementation of new policies, and procedures. Recognize and pursue professional development and training needs. Recognize unusual or challenging situations and inform management in order to develop strategies and resolve issues.
The position will provide supervision and leadership to approximately four to six sponsored projects accountants, will establish performance standards, and prepare performance evaluations. This position must ensure that all work has a high level of accuracy. Anything less than 100% accuracy has a potential negative impact on future awards, revenue, and audit disallowances. Errors resulting in failure to exercise required accuracy would have a grave financial impact and ultimately would erode the credibility of the Office of Sponsored Research as well as cause irreparable harm to the University.
The Manager may focus in federal accounts billing, non-federal accounts billing or financial reporting; however, will need to support all of the above functions, as business needs require.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Essential Skills:Advanced capabilities in understanding accounting systems to summarize data, perform various analyses and develop reports and presentations for senior executive leadership.
Knowledge of Grants, Customer Contracts, Project Costing, Billing, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and General Ledger modules and their underlying table structure, including daily, monthly and year-end closing activities.
Maintain an advanced working knowledge of Federal cost principles and administrative guidelines such as OMB circulars A-21, A-100, A-133 and Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200.
Understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and general ledger systems is essential.
Extensive knowledge of computer software such as Microsoft Office.
Preferred :Experience building and managing teams including hiring, training, accessing performance, prioritizing, organizing and scheduling work assignments.
Knowledge of PeopleSoft Grants.
Certified Public Account (CPA), Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or related advanced degree preferred.
Strong knowledge of computer software packages such as Excel, Accesss, Word, and/or AutoHotkey.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.