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Director of Grant Accounting

Company: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

The Director ofGrant Accounting is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, andcoordinating the operational and strategic activities of the Grant Accountingdepartment. The position reportsdirectly to the University Controller and provides overall leadership andmanagement to the department by supervising and providing guidance to directreports and their staff.

Key Areas of Responsibilities andSpecific Job Tasks

  • Plan,direct and control the fiscal and administrative activities of the GrantAccounting department with a focus on strong compliance, continuous processimprovement and following best practices.
    • Advisecampus units on sponsor regulations and research-specific financial compliance.
      • Assistin the development of financial policies and procedures.
        • Provideaccurate and timely financial information to units on campus and manageprocesses to ensure timely and accurate financial records of post-awardactivities.
          • Leadfunctional and technical staff to maintain and enhance existing grant informationsystems (ePost and FMS).
            • Collaboratewith technical support and campus customers to enhance and create robustfinancial reporting applications and dashboard tools.
              • Overseepreparation of sponsor billing and collections activities, drawdowns of federalmonies, sub-award invoice processing and related account reconciliations.
                • Hire,train, develop and manage the performance of Grant Accounting staff to maintainindustry and professional standards.
                  • DevelopUniversity-wide financial training and professional development programs forresearch administrators across campus.
                    • Planand organize recurring meetings with Research Administrator's (RAM), Post-AwardAdvisory Committee, and Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) to maintain goodcommunications and strong relationships with campus customers &colleagues.
                      • Representthe University in peer constituent groups (Big 10 Sponsored Programs, COGR,NCURA, FDP, etc.).
                        • Assurethat University policies, procedures, practices and programs are in compliancewith federal, state and local legal/regulatory standards.
                          • Assistin the coordination of federal audits of sponsored projects and serve asprimary liaison to the Office of the Auditor of State for the federal audit.

                            For a full job description, please send an e-mail to thecontact listed below.

                            About the Grant Accounting Department

                            The GrantAccounting Office is responsible for the post award administration ofexternally sponsored projects. Thisincludes establishing new accounts to allow spending, maintaining grantinformation systems, collecting funds from sponsors, processing invoices to paysub-awardees, monitoring and advising on sponsor regulations and fiscalallowability, preparing and submitting financial reports for sponsors,distributing monthly financial statements, providing training on post-awardadministration, responding to audit requests, and coordinating effortcertification.

                            The University of Iowa

                            The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public researchuniversities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs indisciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking tospace science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about29,500 faculty and staff.

                            Education Requirements

                            A Master's degree in Business Administration,Accounting or related field or an equivalent combination of education andexperience is required.

                            Required Qualifications
                            • Comprehensive (-10 years)experience, including supervisory, in a combination of the followingareas: accounting, financial analysis,budgeting, and grant & contract administration.
                              • Exceptional leadership,organizational, and management skills to identify, analyze and providesolutions to complex budget issues.
                                • Advanced knowledge of budgeting,fund accounting, and financial management.
                                  • Demonstrated experience inpreparing and presenting complex financial information and concepts to a widerange of audiences.
                                    • Extensive experience withtechnology including ERP systems, web applications and Microsoft Office Suite(Excel, Access, Word & PowerPoint).
                                      • Excellent interpersonal skills withthe ability to work effectively and exercise a high-degree of diplomacy,discretion and collaboration in dealing with constituencies at all levels.
                                        • Excellent verbal & writtencommunication skills.
                                          • Familiarity with GASB standards andGAAP accounting principles.
                                            • Demonstrated commitment todiversity and experience promoting a diverse workforce.

                                              Preferred Qualifications
                                              • Experience in the development,implementation and ongoing utilization of automated financial systems and BIreporting platforms.
                                                • Experience in creating &communicating specifications for new systems & applications to be used byinternal staff and/or campus customers.
                                                  • Experience with the sponsoredprogram administration at a major comprehensive research university.

                                                    Application Details:
                                                    • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.
                                                      Job openings are posted fora minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled anytime after the original posting period has ended.

                                                      Successful candidates willbe subject to a criminal background check.

                                                      Up to 5 professionalreferences will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

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