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Sponsored Research Accountant

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You are invited to submit an application to be considered for a position with more than one opening. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department.


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

About the Department

The Sponsored Research Services (SRS) Accounting department supports the research enterprise for the University by being a resource for the research community. We work with the various departments across the University to answer any regulatory questions they may have concerning their awards and assist with audits. We establish grant accounts in the accounting system and ensure the University is reimbursed for the allowable costs applied to these awards. We prepare all financial reports for grants and close out the accounts once they have ended.       

Job Overview

The SRS Accounting department is seeking to fill two (2) Sponsored Research Accountant (SRA) positions. The successful candidates may be appointed to SRA 1, SRA 2, or SRA Sr. based on qualifications, experience, and skills. The position will require someone who is dependable, organized, accurate, adaptable, works well within a team, self-starter, and is resourceful. They will oversee assigned accounts to ensure compliance with grant terms and conditions, funding agency regulations and Uniform Guidance; establish grant accounts by utilizing various systems; prepare accurate invoices and financial reports; process grant closeouts in a timely manner; serve as a principal source of information by providing knowledgeable courteous advice and service to all stakeholders.  


This position has the potential to be a hybrid (in person & remote) position.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve as the principal source of information on grant policies and procedures and financial policies.
  • 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.
  • Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Experience in accounting, finance, grants with customer service.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Possess thorough knowledge of post-award sponsored project administration, and the ability to perform all functions of the position independently.
  • Familiarity with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (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, Kuali,, and other state and federal grant systems; proficient in MS Office Skills, e.g., Outlook, Word, SharePoint, and Excel.
  • Proven Customer Service Skills. 

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

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

Application Process

  • A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process. 
  • Attach these documents before submitting your application.
  • Applications will not be considered, if these documents are not provided.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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.


REQ: 92562 


Sponsored Research Accountant

Date:  May 26, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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