Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting
Position Type: Permanent Staff
Department: Office of Sponsored Research - 621100
Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty
Vacancy ID: NF0003004
Position Summary: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking candidates to join a dynamic and collegial leadership team in the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). The Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting is a newly created position offering an excellent opportunity to join UNC to lead transformative efforts and oversee key sponsored projects accounting functions within OSR. The position will report to the Executive Director of OSR with a dotted line to the University Controller. This role will provide strategic and business leadership in continuing to build and manage a newly created support services unit of approximately 45 staff members that will operate as a consolidated, structured, sustainable services unit aimed to more efficiently support the research enterprise at UNC. The Director has responsibility for leading the Sponsored Project Accounting unit that will provide support in critical accounting functions within the award life cycle of a sponsored project, financial reporting and billing and cash management. On the end of the award life cycle, the Director will have responsibility for general oversight of post-award back-office teams responsible for the cash management of sponsored programs, including billing and collections, federal drawdowns, and key financial analysis functions vital to UNC's sponsored projects operations. He or she will oversee Financial Quality Control and data analytics efforts for these post award services. The Director will lead long range planning for the Sponsored Projects Accounting unit and will help to set the direction of sponsored program administration for OSR and campus.
Education Requirements: A Master's degree in Finance/Accounting, Public Administration, Public Health, Research Administration or other relevant field; and ten years of progressive experience in grants and contracts administration within a university, government, medical, or other research enterprise is strongly preferred. A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and a preferred minimum of 15 years of increasingly responsible related experience may be substituted for the Master's degree. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Qualification and Experience: The director requires the highest level of professional and personal integrity and should be customer-focused and dedicated to providing optimum service. S/he must have demonstrated leadership skills, the ability to develop and implement policies and procedures, and the ability to communicate complex guidelines and regulations to a variety of constituents required. Experience and Skills: -Deep understanding of cost-accounting principles, conflict of interest issues, and effort reporting. -Solid knowledge of strategies needed to link business requirements to data and management systems configurations and applications. -Strong analytical skills and demonstrated proficiency in the operations management aspects of research accounting. -Demonstrated ability to identify and effectively respond to staff and client training needs. -Ability to think strategically and translate into operational objectives required. -Ability to independently develop and analyze alternative solutions and make recommendations required. -Exceptional leadership qualities including strong organizational skills, performance management of direct and indirect reports, and problem solving skills. -Outstanding verbal and written communication skills required at all levels under both stressful and routine circumstances. -Strong collaborate style and skills and a team orientation are essential to success in this position. Experience in driving consistency of operation/administration in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Technical Skills: -The Director must possess knowledge of university research policies, federal and non-federal policies, regulations, and processes, and he or she should actively build new and develop existing relationships with sponsors and federal agency officials related to post-award issues. -Knowledge of relevant federal, state or local regulations required. -Knowledge of various financial principles, practices, and applications including budgeting, financial planning, and financial reporting required. -Knowledge of Microsoft Office, financial computing, and database software applications required.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Department Contact Name and Title: Sabrina Lewis, HR Consultant
Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: [email protected]
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