Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Manager of Grant Accounting is responsible for the overall financial management of the complete portfolio of sponsored project accounts for the Department of Computer Science in The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The Manager of Grant Accounting provides financial management and controls for sponsored project activity; oversees faculty startups, summer salary, and solvency planning; ensures departmental sponsored project compliance; and provides detailed reporting for internal stakeholders in the Department and School. The Manager will oversee a team of grants specialists performing the full range of pre- and post- award sponsored project management functions, from proposal development and award setup to expenditure allocations, reconciliations, and closeout. The Manager will monitor grant accounting activity, allocate faculty portfolios within the Grants team, and personally manage complex portfolios of junior or senior faculty. The Manager will also provide hands-on training, coaching, performance management, and support for the grants team, and will promote standardization of processes and continuous improvement.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree is required, with a preference for training in Finance, Accounting, or other relevant fields. Advanced degree desirable (e.g., MBA, MPA). Minimum of 4 to 6 years of substantial hands-on experience in grants administration.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have extensive knowledge of applicable federal, state, and other sponsor regulation related to sponsored projects, including a thorough knowledge of internal policies and external regulations governing sponsored projects and grant research compliance, and procedures and systems for pre- and post-award financial management. Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance is necessary (or required to take University Certification Course in Sponsored Projects Administration). Must have the ability to utilize sound fiscal accounting practices and procedures to account for receipt of grant funding and prepare necessary reports.
Experience in higher education or other large, complex institution preferred. Familiarity with Columbia financial systems, particularly the Accounting at Columbia (ARC) system, is preferred. Experience with running financial report for project reconciliation, budgeting in the University Budget Tool, handling labor accounting in People @ Columbia (PAC), working in the Financial Front End (FFE) and RASCAL systems.
Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and leadership skills. Ability to establish priorities, work under pressure, and exercise independent judgment and discretion is necessary. Ability to react quickly and effectively to other inquiries from a variety of management levels with comprehensive and accurate information in a wide variety of contexts and changing priorities is needed. Must be detail oriented and possess quantitative skills with a high degree of proficiency in spreadsheets using Excel. Must have strong proficiency with MS Office. Experience with Linux is desirable.
Positive, forward-thinking, mission-oriented attitude and a sense of humor are a must.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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