Department: Accounting Services for Research & Sponsored Programs Salary/Grade: EXS/8
Under general direction from the Assistant Director, performs all aspects of post award financial management of sponsored projects including financial reporting, monitoring expenditures, and coordinating audit activities. Serves as a resource to academic departments on matters relating to grant and contract funding. Typically assigned responsibility for providing accounting services for several granting organizations.
Preparing and submitting periodic, annual, and project end financial and letter of credit reports in accordance with granting agency guidelines and requirements to comply with the specifications of the award. Performs research within various computer systems, including those of the University and the sponsoring agencies. Analyzes data found within those systems to determine if transactions have been conducted appropriately. Independently monitors and adheres to sponsoring agencies’ deadlines.
Responding to inquiries from principal investigators, business administrators, and granting agency representatives on a timely basis in order to assure compliance with laws, policies, and procedures. Interprets policy and clarifies financial documentation as needed. Conducts meetings with faculty and staff to train users in various aspects of University and reporting agency requirements.
Verifying accuracy of new sponsored project accounts for financial provisions involving the use of funds, cost sharing, reporting deadlines, and proper set up in University financial system.
Monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with granting agency guidelines, and proactively identifying trends and issues to minimize problems.
Reviewing effort commitments and reports to ensure accurate financial reporting; monitoring cost sharing commitments to ensure compliance with granting agency guidelines. Work with faculty and staff to correct issues of non-compliance. Discuss ambiguous situations with sponsoring agencies to obtain guidance and further policy interpretation.
Representing the University during audits performed by granting agencies; facilitating the audit process by providing records and information; assisting internal auditors during review of accounts; acting as liaison between academic departments and auditors.
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or related field.
At least three years of work experience in accounting.
At least three years of work experience in grants management.
Excellent computer skills including proficiency in the use of spreadsheet, database, and word processing software
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Experience working with OMB Circulars and Sponsored project rules and regulations.
Three to five years’ experience in the fields of accounting and/or grants management.
Previous experience in a higher education setting.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35851
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.