Research Accounting Manager- Financial Management & Compliance

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Division of Research Management-Financial Management & Compliance

Research Accounting Manager

Division of Research Management-Financial Management & Compliance (FMC) is seeking to hire a Research Accounting Manager.  The principle responsibilities are as follows:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and certifies the work of Research Accountants to facilitate the effective and efficient management of roughly 2,100 grants and contracts from external sponsors.
  • Responsible for on-boarding and training new team members, guiding their development on the department’s career path.
  • Provide regulatory guidance to faculty, department heads, and departmental accounting staff.
  • Review grant and contract activity to ensure financial compliance.
Additional information regarding the department may be viewed at .   

Basic Requirements:   

Education:  Bachelor’s degree

Experience:  Six or more years in post-award management of sponsored grants and contracts, preferably at a comprehensive research university or institution.  Experience with computer systems and software, including Microsoft Office.

Knowledge of research administration issues including financial management and the ability to interpret and communicate federal, state, and local laws and regulations relevant to research administration operations, policies, and procedures;
Working knowledge of Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and granting agency requirements;
Ability to communicate effectively, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders;
Ability to prioritize and manage a high-volume of complex projects simultaneously to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills;
Ability to be flexible, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation;
Ability to be a strong role model, manager, and coach;
Ability to provide excellent customer service with a commitment to exceptional quality;
Ability to think analytically, quantitatively, creatively, and strategically and to work with ambiguity;
Be an independent thinker with professional skepticism;
Ability to be a team player who works well collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals.

Preferred Experience:  
Knowledge of UT fiscal, human resource and research policies; Knowledge of SAP and/or Cayuse; Direct supervisory oversight of accounting personnel; Professional certification, such as Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Individuals interested in applying should submit their cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Financial Management & Compliance
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 26, 2021, 3:43:26 PM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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