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Sponsored Research Accountant Senior

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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 looking for 2 customer-oriented self-starter Sr. Sponsored Research Accountants. The ideal candidates will be well organized and have the ability to complete work independently as well as assist others and work together when needed. The candidates will also have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office, think logically to resolve problems, and have excellent verbal and written communication. Attention to detail and accuracy are crucial attributes for these positions. 



  • 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. 

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 moderate to high complexity 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 limited supervision responsibility in leadership’s absence, and execution of special projects of high complexity. 
  • Recommend and develop system-wide policies and procedures for ongoing award management. Recommend areas or approaches for process improvements and providing input to department discussions. Serve as mentor and resource to Sponsored Research Accountant 1 and 2 team members. 
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.). 
  • 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.
  • Eight (8) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Four (4) years of 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, Grants.gov and other state and federal grant systems; expert proficiency in MS Office Skills, e.g. Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Application Information

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.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

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


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: 69385 


Sponsored Research Accountant Senior

Date:  Aug 26, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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