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Research Fiscal Compliance Manager

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

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14-Jun-2021Date Posted:

24-May-2021 Close All Job SummaryThe Campus Controller's Office (CCO) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Fiscal Compliance Manager. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and supervising compliance policies and practices for sponsored projects. They are responsible for developing and implementing the annual fiscal compliance review plan that will identify areas of fiscal and operational risk. Areas for evaluation include, but are not limited to, adequacy of fiscal policies and procedures, propriety of financial transactions, reasonableness of financial compliance, diagnostics of financial trends, reconciliations, and negative budget and/or financial statement variances, as well as adequacy of our fiscal policies and procedures applicable to sponsored research activities.
CU receives sponsored funding from other public and private universities, federal agencies, national labs, industry partners, non-profit organizations and foundations, and international entities. RFS partners with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG), Legal Counsel, and campus constituents to ensure the appropriated stewardship of the research portfolio.
This position will perform compliance reviews and propose solutions to mitigate risk as prioritized by the Director of Research Financial Services to follow-up on comments received from the fiscal certification process. They will facilitate external audits on sponsored programs and partner with general accounting for the annual Uniform Guidance audit. This position will collaborate and facilitate Internal Audit inquiries and facilitate the implementation of all sponsored projects audit recommendations. This is a professional position requiring technical auditing experience and competence to perform the duties independently and in collaboration with the Director as needed.
The Fiscal Compliance Manger supervises two FTE and is responsible for effort reporting, cost share compliance, and salary adjustments on sponsored programs.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreThe University of Colorado Boulder is a Tier One, nationally driven research university with a $1.86B annual operating budget. The University is focused on cultivating its research and increasing its innovative impact at the national and international level through collaboration, transformation, and leadership. The Campus Controller’s Office (CCO) provides critical support to the mission by ensuring fiscal responsibility, accurate financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures, and contract requirements. Research Financial Services (RFS) operates under the direction of Campus Controller and supports the innovation mission, aspiring to provide seamless fiscal stewardship and compliance solutions for the research enterprise.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeSponsored Research Fiscal Compliance and Process Excellence (identifying, improving, maintaining processes, including metrics)
  • Coordinate and manage audits and financial compliance for research activity and provide resolution for audits/reviews.
  • Assist Associate Director -- Finance & Tax Reporting in the coordination of the annual Uniform Guidance audit.
  • Oversee sponsored research compliance functions including effort reporting and cost share.
  • Develop and implement an annual CU Boulder sponsored research award fiscal compliance review plan. Demonstrate a firm knowledge of Federal Uniform Guidance and the overall regulatory environment, including financial compliance, advise to sponsored programs in order to review and, as needed, update internal controls as well as policies and procedures to make them more efficient and effective.
  • Direct, advise on priorities, and/or perform fiscal compliance reviews based on the review plan identified to reduce University risk and help ensure the campus maintains reasonable levels of fiscal compliance with federal, state, and university regulations, rules, law, policies, and guidelines.
  • Present findings and issue formal recommendations in written reports to senior management.
  • Conduct follow-up assessments of the implementation status of recommendations previously issued internally or by CU System Internal Audit. Supervise all recommendations and the implementation progress in a quarterly status report.
  • Develop and implement exception reports to detect possible fiscal compliance issues to identify and mitigate risks based on a continual assessment of the control environment.
  • Access, review, and analyze financial data records and information in the University’s information systems to detect possible errors and irregularities in the financial management of sponsored research awards.
  • Take initiative to work directly with schools and colleges to understand the control environment and make recommendations for improvement as applicable.
  • Utilize the Office of Data Analytics and other budget and finance resources to best meet fiscal compliance review priorities of the university.
  • Identify and communicate compliance trends from Internal Audit findings or fiscal compliance reviews in a generic manner to the Director - Research Financial Services.
  • Maintain a current solid understanding of relevant federal, state, and university rules and regulations.
Manage Assigned Staff and Staff Development (developing, retaining, recognizing our staff)
  • Ensure that work products are timely and accurate. Assign tasks, supervise progress and work flow; review work product, schedule work and establish work standards; review and sign leave requests and work hours.
  • Perform coaching sessions and evaluations for employees, and other vital personnel tasks. interview. Selection of new personnel, orientation and training of new staff, review, and revision of position descriptions when vital.
  • Develop and maintain a productive and coordinated working relationship with campus personnel, Internal Audit, and external colleagues.
  • Actively promote a culturally diverse and inclusive community within the organization.
  • Recruit well-qualified, enthusiastic, professional staff that will actively adopt, and participate in organizational changes.
  • Create and maintain a positive, harmonious work culture, encouraging customer focused staff interaction with colleagues, sponsors, and administrators.
University Engagement (engaging with and training campus staff)
  • Assist the Director - Research Financial Services in the liaison role between the Boulder campus and CU System Internal Audit in managing the campus response on newly issued reports and formal follow-up to previously issued audit reports as applicable.
  • Coordinate with senior management in other campus departments, such as the offices of Contracts and Grants, Research Integrity, and Budget to identify systemic reconciliations issues that require further internal review of the sources causing the reconciling item(s).
  • Work closely with Budget, Office of Contracts and Grants, academic units, and other campus departments to ensure fiscal compliance priorities are met within a constantly evolving, sophisticated, and driven environment.
  • Develop, update, and facilitate the implementation of policies and procedures regarding sponsored research fiscal compliance to ensure they are current.
  • Develop and maintain a productive and coordinated working relationship with campus personnel, Internal Audit, and external colleagues.
Technology and Infrastructure Enhancement (tech requirements, system upgrades & brand identity)
  • Provide recommendations to manage technology for the department where applicable.
  • Lead, facilitate, or participate in technology applications development and implementation.
What You Should KnowThis position will have the ability to work remotely with the requirement to be in the office twice a week. What We Can OfferThe hiring pay range for this position is $82,000 to $90,000, relocation is available.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Ambitious. Be Strategic. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business, public administration, accounting, or closely related fields is required.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in financial auditing, financial quality review, risk management in the private and or public agency sectors.
  • One of these job duties must have been the primary role during these five years and include experience with federal grants, indirect costs, and sponsored project accounting.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
What You Will Need
  • Knowledge of relevant GASB, GAAP, OMB Circulars, federal regulations, administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards. Ability to lead and guide decision-makers towards sound and ethical fiscal and business practices.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate the sponsored research accounting environment to recommend to the Director - Research Financial Services areas for review to reduce risk to the University.
  • Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Well-honed facilitation skills that allow for the constructive approach to critical situations.
  • Ability to understand the internal control structure of the University and design programs to test fiscal compliance.
  • Experience in ethical decision-making and inspiring others in ethical decision-making.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and human relations’ skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and meet deadlines, and organize multiple projects or tasks.
  • Possess comprehensive personal computing skills and ability to access sophisticated relational databases.
  • Possess superior analytical abilities and skills to address sophisticated problems or issues and to propose logical solutions.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • A master’s degree or CPA, CFE, or FCPA certification is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with policy development, system implementations, and business process improvements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Prior experience at a Higher Education Institution or State of Colorado agency.
  • Knowledge of higher education funding and accounting.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by June 14, 2021, for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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