Post Award Accountant

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-13
Req: R0025926

UVA Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is seeking a Post Award Accountant to join their team, reporting to the Associate Director of OSP Post Award. The Post Award Accountant monitors, reconciles, and analyzes expenditures on sponsored awards to ensure compliance with award terms and conditions. The Post Award Accountant prepares invoices and financial reports for sponsors and assists in providing supporting documentation for financial audits.

This position is responsible for award management of sponsored awards from the time the awards are accepted until the end of the research project. The Accountant is responsible for identifying payments to sponsored projects, monitoring unapplied cash, following up on outstanding receivables, reconciling general ledger to grants and providing audit support. The Post Award Accountant prepares invoices including letter of credit draws and assists in the cash application process. This position is also responsible for ensuring that final expenditure and cash reconciliations are performed in a timely manner so that final invoices or reports can be submitted to the sponsor and awards closed in the financial system.

  • Independently reviews sponsored award terms and conditions, identifies reporting, invoicing and other specific financial requirements, and tracks tasks through the financial system.
  • Reviews payments from various sponsors, applies cash to the appropriate awards and proactively identifies and investigates variances, troubleshoots problems by researching pertinent facts and analyzing data.
  • Understands complex situations regarding non-compliance with sponsor requirements and escalates issues to the Senior Post Award Accountant or to Post Award Management in a timely manner.
  • Receives training from Post Award leadership and external resources to understand state, federal and non-federal sponsor terms and applies comprehensive knowledge of the industry and professional standards to interpret and resolve post award financial management issues.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least 3 years of relevant experience; combined experience/education may substitute for minimum education.
Experience: Grants and contracts experience in a university, not for profit research organization or federal agency environment is preferred.
Physical Demands: This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.
Skills, knowledge & abilities:

  • Ability to adapt and remain flexible in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Strong accounting skills and knowledge of GAAP (preferred), and University, state, and federal policies. Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures, conduct activities, and make decisions according to ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel and web-based tools.
  • Ability to access and present information to OSP peers and senior leadership.
  • Ability to work independently or as a part of a team. Work with senior leaders to accomplish goals.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. Ability to identify opportunities for process improvements and provides compelling reasons to senior leadership in support of ideas.

For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter. This position will remain open until filled.

Application Process:
Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Post Award Accountant". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email address, and telephone number) all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

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