Finance Professional 3 - CEMS - #19503576

University of Minnesota

Date: Dec 26, 2020
City: Minneapolis, MN
Contract type: Full time
University of Minnesota

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Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and 4 years of experience in accounting, finance, or grants management or equivalent combination of relevant work experience and education to total 8 years.

Preferred qualifications: Degree in Accounting or Finance, Experience in grants management at the University of Minnesota or other higher education setting, Experience as a University of Minnesota Certified Approver

About the Job

Job Duties:

The University of Minnesota Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science seeks an experienced finance professional to serve as lead sponsored accountant for our finance team within a busy research department with 350-400 faculty, staff, and graduate student employees. The successful candidate will manage finances for a group of 10-15 faculty as well as a National Science Foundation-funded research center. This individual will assist faculty in all aspects of managing sponsored and non-sponsored funds, from pre-award budget development through final award closeout. They will monitor for budget and compliance issues, approve expenses, provide comprehensive financial reports, coordinate effort certification, and monitor and manage subawards.

The successful candidate will also serve as department representative for matters related to sponsored projects, interfacing with other departments, the Dean's office, Research Education and Oversight (REO), Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and Sponsored Financial Reporting (SFR). Serve as department's primary Certified Approver (CA). This position reports to the department administrator.

30% Compliance monitoring, certified approvals, and problem-solving grant issues with faculty and finance team members

20% Grant budgeting, pre- and post-award

20% Sponsored award monitoring, reporting, and forecasting

10% Managing non-sponsored accounts

10% Sponsored award closeout

10% Other duties as assigned, to include assisting department in new process development and participating in departmental, collegiate, and University-wide committees and initiatives. Opportunities also include participation in departmental events and activities.

About the Department

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is home to internationally acclaimed programs in the disciplines of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering. The department has 41 core faculty, over 25 postdoctoral associates, 200 graduate students, more than 400 undergraduate students, and 25 staff. The department has an exceptionally collegial relationship among faculty and staff, encourages innovation both in science and department operations, and enjoys strong collaborative relationships both within the department and throughout the College of Science & Engineering and University of Minnesota.

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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