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Sponsored Research Accountant 2

Date: Jul 17, 2021

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Company: University of Cincinnati

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors > http://bit.ly/UCEMPL


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The Office of Research Sponsored Research Services, Accounting department is seeking a customer-oriented self-starter to join their team as a Sponsored Research Accountant 2. This person will assist the research community, possess the ability to multi-task while staying organized, think logically to work through problems until they are resolved, detail oriented, and work independently as well as assist other team members when needed.


Engage in the day-to-day post award financial administration of specialized activities related to grant administration. Manage a portfolio of moderately complex awards. Conduct and carry out financial procedures and activities in accordance with local, state, federal, and university regulations.

Essential Functions

  • Administer grant awards (federal, state, local, private and internal grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements) from a myriad of funding agencies. Establish and maintain grant records and files ensuring their accuracy and completeness.
  • Close out grant accounts by reconciling account, sample unusual transactions for compliance, prepare final invoice and/or reports and ensure non-financial reports are submitted. Complete agency invoices and reports in accordance with awards terms and conditions by utilizing various systems. Pursue and report on collection of past due invoices.
  • Review award notices. Create and maintain grant accounts according to the agreements, adding and modifying budgets. Request set-up of awards in Student Financial Aid System. Review and approve salary and non-salary Cost Transfers (CTR) and Cost Reallocation requests. Resolve grant coding errors.
  • Manage a portfolio of moderately complex awards. Serve as the principal source of information on grant policies and procedures and financial policies. Assist Sponsored Research Services Accounting leadership as required, to include execution of special projects of moderate complexity.
  • Recommend areas or approaches for process improvements and providing input to department discussions.
  • Perform other assigned duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Six (6) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in accounting, finance, grants with customer service.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Possess thorough knowledge of post-award and sponsored project administration, and the ability to perform all functions of the position, independently.
  • Familiarity with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other federal agency supplements, the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (UG), intellectual property, export control, and technology compliance regulations.
  • Understanding of SAP, Coeus, Kuali, Grants.gov and other state and federal grant systems; intermediate proficiency in MS Office Skills, e.g., Outlook, Word and Excel.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


  • An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g., retirement, medical/dental, tuition remission);
  • An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the overall mission of the institution.
  • Growth potential within the university.

Application Process

A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process. Attach these documents before submitting your application. Failure to provide these documents, may result in your application not being considered.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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