• Director of Grants & Cost Accounting

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/10/2019 10:37 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    VCF Finance Treasurer's Office
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    Director of Grants/Cost Accounting has primary responsibility for overseeing the UAMS grant accounting financial compliance, and the development of relevant university-wide training and policies.  These responsibilities must be effectively performed to ensure grant accounting practices adhere to Federal regulations and standards mandated by the OMB Circulars, and the Codified Federal Register.


    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

    Salary: offered commensurate with experience




    General Financial Management of sponsored programs

    • Workflow approval of journal entries
    • Review and sign close outs
    • Review and sign invoices
    • Review and sign Line of Credit Drawdowns; prepare if staff unavailable
    • Subrecipient Monitoring of over 50 subrecipient each year to comply with federal requirements
    • Monitor restricted funds accounting for financial reporting
    • Monitor and reconcile cost center/WBSE posting errors
    • Manage State Tobacco awards and ABI
    • Set-up and track internal awards such as ABCRP, Seeds of Science and Research Council Awards
    • Monitor Invoice aging report
    • Provide interpretation of laws or regulation effecting financial management of or reporting on sponsored awards
    • Provide timely and accurate financial reports to Federal, State or private sponsors
    • Provide reports and work with auditors to complete annual Federal funds audit including resolution and follow-up on any findings
    • Attend meetings with any research groups on campus to represent central administration for policy or implementation of policies and procedures related to financial management of sponsored awards
    • Provide financial and statistical reporting related to grant activity to leadership

    Staff Management and Development

    • Responsible for supervision, retention and development of staff that monitor post award compliance with various federal, state or private sponsors.

     Policy Development and Dissemination

    • Act as UAMS campus authority on federal grant financial and to ensure compliance with federal regulations in the 2 CFR 200
    • Create, update, and disseminate campus policies for compliance with federal grant regulations.
    • Serve on Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network (OSPAN) Committee to establish/update policies impacting OSPAN employees and processes

    Grants Management Certification Program

    • Prepare curriculum and instruct classes for Grants Management Certification Program
    • Serve on Executive and Education Committees as Sponsor and Ad hoc member

    May perform other duties as assigned


    The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

    • Bachelors in Accounting, Finance or related field
    • 10 years of progressive career experience in financial management of sponsored programs; 5 years supervisory experience
    • Must be able to interact with key internal stakeholders including but is not limited, to Senior Leadership, Campus Budget Office, Research Support, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities Management, Treasurer and members of the Administrative Council
    • Must be able proficient in excel, databases, and data manipulation
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate the financial condition of the organization to the CFO and other members of campus leadership.
    • Maintains compliance with all laws and applicable regulatory requirements. Acts promptly to comply with required changes.
    • Leadership as well as organizational and interpersonal skills needed to effectively operate in the complex environment of an academic health center

    Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics

    • Additional training or advanced degree in management or administration.
    • Knowledge of federal agency policies in 2 CFR 200
    • Certified Research Administrator certifications preferred; MBA and or CPA desired
    • Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels.

    Personal Characteristics

    • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting;
    • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships;
    • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition;
    • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems;
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity;
    • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others; and
    • Unquestioned personal integrity.

    This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.  A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Occasionally
    Sit: Frequently
    Walk: Occasionally
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Never
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
    Talk: Continuously
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Never
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
    Noise Level: Quiet
    Visual Requirements: Not required
    Hazards: None


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