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Senior Director, Grant & Contract Administration

University of North Texas

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Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Title: Senior Director, Grant & Contract Administration

Employee Classification: Sr Dir, Grant & Contract Admin

Campus: University of North Texas

Division: UNT-Research & Innovation

SubDivision-Department: UNT-Research & Innovation

Department: UNT-Grants & Contracts Admin-190100

Job Location: Denton

Salary: Commensurate with experience

FTE: 1.000000

Retirement Eligibility: TRS Eligible

About Us - Values Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System. The UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton and Frisco, the University of North Texas at Dallas and UNT Dallas College of Law, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region. We are growing with the North Texas region, employing more than 14,000 employees, educating a record 49,000+ students across our system, and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year. We are one team comprised of individuals who are committed to excellence, curiosity and innovation. We are transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We champion a people-first values-based culture where We Care about each other and those we serve. We believe that we are Better Together because we foster an inclusive environment of respect, belonging, and access for all. We demonstrate Courageous Integrity through setting exceptional standards and acting in the best interest of our communities. We are encouraged to Be Curious about opportunities for learning, creating, discovering, and innovating, and are encouraged to learn from failure. Show Your Fire by joining our team and exhibiting your passion and pride in your work as part of our UNT System team. Learn more about the UNT System and how we live our values at

Department Summary

Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) within the Division of Research & Innovation supports the University of North Texas, a tier 1 research university, in its endeavor to excel in its research mission. GCA aspires to be a model organization in the field of research administration, providing exceptional service to the university community. We are charged with the Pre Award and Post Award administration of externally funded sponsored projects and envision an environment that facilitates the University of North Texas’ commitment to research and encourages continued efforts to attract additional research funding.

Position Overview

The Senior Director of Grants Contracts Accounting and Fiscal Compliance is responsible for all aspects of the Post Award financial sponsored project processes including: award review; grant set up; the monitoring of expenditures to ensure compliance with sponsor and institutional policies; invoicing; drawing down funds; reconciliations; reporting; closeout and fiscal compliance for grants and contracts from federal, state agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. This position oversees sound fiscal management and reporting to federal and State agencies and other nonprofits, coordinating with other areas of the universities to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of grant and contract agreements as well as the organization's accounting policies and procedures, including monitoring subrecipient awards and time and effort reports. The Senior Director of Grants Contracts Accounting and Fiscal Compliance will also work closely with other areas of the university to ensure that costs charged to grants and contracts are necessary and reasonable and are treated consistently per all contract provisions, uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, and best practices, and ensure that reimbursable costs are invoiced and collected timely.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in related field and seven years of closely related professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Preferred Qualifications

* Supervisory experience
* MBA and/or CPA (Certified Public Accountant)CRA (Certified Research Administrator)

Required License/Registration/Certifications

Job Duties:

  • Oversee the post-award fiscal administration of all grants and contracts awarded to the University. Establishes quality assurance measures and appropriate controls associated with the financial administration of grant and contract awards.
  • Hires, trains, develops, and manages the performance of the Post Award staff to maintain industry and professional standards.
  • Ensures continuous quality improvement to improve processes and increase stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Oversees and monitors fiscal compliance with sponsor regulations, university policies, and procedures. Functions as the subject matter expert on certain sponsored research and financial policies.
  • Prepares audit work papers for internal, external, and agency auditors by researching and analyzing the financial activity of externally sponsored grants and contracts.
  • Oversee preparation of sponsor billing and collections activities, drawdowns of Federal funds, sub-award invoice processing, and related account reconciliations.

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a Security Sensitive Position.

Special Instructions:


For information regarding our Benefits, click here.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit -- and takes actions to prevent -- discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates complaints of discrimination and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose any form of harassment or discriminatory practice, file a charge or report, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.


Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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