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Director, Research and Financial Operations

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA
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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) supports the University community in their pursuit of research and the management of externally sponsored programs. ORSP is the key point of contact for faculty in the area of sponsored research and other sponsored programs, as well as, research conduct and compliance.

Position Summary

The Director of Research Financial Operations is responsible for financial and personnel operations and reporting including budget development/management, financial transactions, approving personnel workflow tasks, establishment of indirect cost rates, preparation and submission of regulatory audit reports, and both internal and external reporting. Additional finance responsibilities include internal grant portfolio and intellectual property royalty distributions. Regulatory compliance responsibilities include reviewing and reporting University regulatory compliance related to research and sponsored programs. This position reports to the Executive Director of Research Administration with input from the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education. This position has dotted-line reporting to both the Controller and the Vice Provost for Budget, Planning, and Administration.

Essential Functions

Division Financial and Budget Operations

  • Responsible for ORSP division financial operations, which includes The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Research and
  • Sponsored Programs (ORSP), Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, and several interdisciplinary centers.
  • Train and mentor unit managers (The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research Integrity and Education,
  • Grant Pre/Post Award, and Technology Transfer) on how to effectively track, manage, and project budgets up to 3 years in advance.
  • Manage ORSP division financial and personnel transactions including cash receipts, vendor invoices, journal entries, and personnel/position changes.
  • Work with Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer on royalty distributions and licensing payments, outside legal counsel and patent payments.
  • Responsible for University internal grant programs that includes funding and tracking submission of reports from faculty.

Research Reporting and Analysis

  • Support the Vice Provosts efforts to measure funded and unfunded research and scholarship productivity for University leadership.
  • Financial reporting and analysis of Research and Sponsored Program activity to internal and external parties, including external surveys and requests.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal reporting requirements including preparing and submitting the 2 CFR 200 Section F annual audit report.
  • Responsible for ORSP financial operations including, but not limited to, budgeting/forecasting, reconciliations, audits, and F&A rates for the whole University by research department.
  • Prepare the research cluster component for the annual Schedule of Expenditure of Federal Award document (SEFA).
  • Complete audit workpapers and provide audit documentation related to the audit of the federal research and development grants included in the University single audit.

Regulatory Compliance Reviews

  • Conduct reviews to ensure University compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Review areas including, but not limited to, expenditures, effort certifications, training, and conflict of interest.
  • Effectively communicate results to appropriate division management and departments.
  • Identify and propose solutions (procedural, policy, structure) that alleviate problems and issues.

University's F&A Rate Proposals

  • Prepare F&A and research fringe rate proposals as required and submit to respective agency in accordance with regulations.
  • Maintain and operate CRIS system used in production of generating F&A and research fringe rates.
  • Responsible for DCAA proposal audits, including coordinating audit and preparing schedules.
  • Establish rates for University's specialized research service centers and monitor activity annually, adjusting rates as necessary.
  • Responsible for leading communications with those organizations and developing plans to secure federal approval.

Other duties as assigned

  • Coordinate and manage issues related to Technology and Facility Services (and other areas) as the division representative.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, faculty/staff, and vendors.
  • Ability to apply concepts and analyze relevant data such as fractions, percentage ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software packages including spreadsheets, word processing and mainframe general ledger systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in accounting, finance or business administration from a fully accredited college or university.
  • 5 years of related accounting, finance, or business work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree or MBA with emphasis in accounting/finance.
  • Prior higher education finance experience, preferably in grants and contracts along with Banner system experience.
  • Specific knowledge of the higher education industry and research administration operations and regulations, including 2 CFR 200.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hybrid work options are available.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 10, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$100,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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