Senior Grants and Contracts Accounting Specialist

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Little Rock, AR, USA
  • Jun 24, 2022

Job Description

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Type of Position:
Professional Staff (Non-Classified)

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Institution Name:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides an accessible, quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. At UA Little Rock, we prepare our more than 8,900 students to be innovators and responsible leaders in their fields. Committed to its metropolitan research university mission, UA Little Rock is a driving force in Little Rock's thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state's growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development, and job creation.

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Research and Sponsored Programs - Post Award

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Summary of Job Duties:
The Senior Grants and Contracts Accounting Specialist reports to the Associate Director for Post Award Activities in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and will perform accounting functions associated with the administration of fiscal activities related to sponsored grants and contracts, analyze fiscal and project activity in relation to sponsor terms and conditions, and will communicate with principal investigators and funding sources to resolve issues and gather information. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Required Education and/or Experience:
  • A Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or closely related discipline;
  • Five years of general accounting experience.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications;
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to compile and analyze financial data;
  • Experience with Workday.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage a portfolio of sponsored programs;
  • Review terms and conditions of grants, contracts, or agreements to ensure compliance with institutional, federal, state, and/or local regulations;
  • Review and monitor grant and contract expenditures for accuracy, allocability, allowability, completeness, and reasonableness;
  • Participate and provide documentation in audits performed of sponsored programs;
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance in the preparation, submission, processing, and management of research grants and contract proposals, awards, and agreements for researchers throughout the University;
  • Participate in the preparation of reports applicable to post-award activities;
  • Assist in the delivery of a variety of workshops, training sessions, and other outreach instruments that instructs internal and external constituents about the evolving research and sponsored programs administrative and compliance landscape;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to interpret and apply accounting policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles, financial operations, laws, and terminology;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are essential;
  • Ability to design, analyze, and prepare financial reports;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage several projects at once, under deadline pressure;
  • Knowledge of federal and non-federal regulations related to research and sponsored grants and contracts preferred;
  • Ability to instill confidence in internal and external ORSP constituents in the competence and commitment to service of the office;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high degree of analytical ability;
  • Verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Additional Information:

Please upload all required documents in the "Resume" attachment section of your application (before hitting the submit button), if you want to be considered for this position.

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Gayle Lenard, Associate Director, 501-916-6226,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Financial Credit Check, Sex Offender Registry
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Constant Physical Activity:
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking
Frequent Physical Activity:
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking
Occasional Physical Activity:
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking
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