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Financial Research Admin I-IV

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Research & Sponsored Programs
Pay Grade: 34
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston has an open position for an outstanding Financial Research Administrator (levels I to IV) to join our Post-Award research team and be responsible for the oversight of financial activities for our research and externally funded programs.

This could be your chance to become part of a growing university that is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for institutions of higher learning in an urban setting. UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of 17,030 undergraduate and graduate students. Our 10 colleges and schools offer 82 undergraduate programs and more than 125 graduate programs. We are proud of our diverse, culturally rich and progressive work environment and our scenic waterfront campus is being transformed with new buildings including the Integrated Sciences Complex, University Hall, and dormitories opened in September 2018. We are located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate with easy access to downtown Boston and the surrounding areas.

We are building a team to meet a world of new and dynamic challenges. Our faculty and staff share a common vision of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching to meet the needs of its diverse student population; developing innovative and interdisciplinary programs; and for distinguished research and extensive service. I invite you to join us!

General Summary for all Financial Research Administrator (FRA) positions Levels I to IV:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost, Research Accounting and Financial Compliance in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Financial Research Administrator I will be responsible for a portfolio of less complex awards from various funding agencies with major duties to include bill plan set-up; billing; payment processing; accounts receivable; post-award management; sub-recipient monitoring; and close-out of sponsored funding awards. 

The Financial Research Administrator I will also be responsible for providing comprehensive post-award management of sponsored funding that supports university policies, fairly applies rules and regulations of all sponsors and the university, supports and improves the financial expertise of ORSP and builds processes to support ORSP and the research community.

Examples of Duties for all Financial Research Administrator (FRA) positions Levels I to IV:

  • Responsible for timely set-up of bill plans within sponsored research portfolio; create and maintain bill plans in central financial system; utilize standard reporting queries to effectively maintain bill plan in PeopleSoft financial system for all sponsored awards; review and implement approved bill plan updates;
  • Responsible for timely billing of sponsored research awards within portfolio; create and generate invoices to sponsors for all sponsored contracts and mail, e-mail, and/or upload invoices to ensure timely receipt of said invoices; research and obtain supporting information required for invoices; communicate with sponsor contacts on a regular basis to ensure the delivery and receipt of invoices; analyze financial system reports to ensure that all invoices agree with the prebill report; identify any patterns or discrepancies within data;
  • Responsible for timely processing of payments received for sponsored research invoices within portfolio; prepare deposit slips for payments received, deliver deposit package to Bursar’s Office daily, and receive deposit records from Bursar’s Office for all funds deposited; record deposits in PeopleSoft grants module and apply payments to accounts receivable items; ensure that payments are deposited and applied to the correct sponsored award; maintain accurate reconciliation records to track the application of each accounts receivable item;
  • Responsible for the timely monitoring of accounts receivable of sponsored research invoices within portfolio; utilize PeopleSoft reports to review and analyze accounting data and unidentified accounts receivable billing and/or payment discrepancies; prepare and distribute reminder letters to sponsor contacts regarding outstanding receivables: contact sponsors on outstanding accounts receivable and past due invoices; process all accounts receivable transfer requests related to sponsored research contracts;
  • Reconcile all accounts receivable items to general ledger on a bi-monthly and annual basis;
  • Responsible for award management of sponsored research projects within portfolio; utilize PeopleSoft reports to review and analyze accounting data to identify errors or areas of concern, and develop recommendations for solutions; monitor over expenditures, both billed and unbilled accounts receivable, deferred revenue, allowance for doubtful accounts and grants unapplied deposits to ensure monthly values are within target ranges; research cost transfers and expenditures for research awards to ensure allowability and allocability;
  • Provide assistance to Principal Investigators (PIs) and Grant/Business Managers in interpreting award terms and conditions and maintaining best financial practices;
  • Work collaboratively with all administrative departments to resolve issues related to budgets, date ranges, expenditures, invoicing, financial reporting, other reporting, and closeout as needed;
  • Work closely with senior-level administrators and departmental staff to ensure compliance with sponsor requirements;
  • Responsible for timely sub-recipient monitoring of sponsored research awards; receipt and distribute subcontract invoices; record new fully-executed subcontracts in Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) system; produce report for ORSP management monthly on status of items;
  • Responsible for close-out of expired sponsored research awards within portfolio; prepare sponsor refund requests related to grants and contracts; prepare all credit billing and small balance write-offs; utilize un-posting/posting functionality to correct deposit applications; work with PI to transfer over expenditures to non-sponsored projects;
  • Work with Financial Administrator IV to provide supporting documentation, and/or status updates for audit items within portfolio;
  • Participate in specialized training activities related to sponsored programs;
  • Participate in developing documentation related to sponsored programs;
  • Participate in improving university business processes related to the conduct of sponsored programs;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

General Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for all Financial Research Administrator (FRA) positions Levels I to IV:

  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment, while prioritizing competing deliverables on time in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to give and follow written and verbal instructions in a precise, understandable manner;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

FRA I - Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree and one to three years of work experience in a related field are required.  

FRA I - Preferred Qualifications

  • An additional four (4) years of the required experience can be substituted for the required Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Prior work experience related to sponsored research administration in an academic or equivalent setting;
  • Basic understanding of and/or familiarity with grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and sub-awards preferred;
  • Basic understanding of and/or familiarity with federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A-21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses preferred;
  • Use or familiarity with PeopleSoft or similar enterprise-wide grant/financial accounting system (Oracle, SAP, Banner, Workday, etc.) preferred. 

FRA I - Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Use of and/or familiarity with common desktop database and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Office, FileMaker, BrioQuery, Lotus, Google docs, etc.);
  • Use of and/or familiarity with general ledger accounting/financial systems (Quickbooks, Sage, etc.);
  • Use of and/or familiarity with business intelligence tools (SUMMIT, etc.);
  • Use of and/or familiarity with automated billing, accounts receivable and/or cash management systems and processes;
  • Demonstrated use of mathematical calculations and formulas in Microsoft Excel;
  • Familiarity with financial reports, accounts, and ledgers;
  • Ability to analyze accounting data and easily identify errors;
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, such as financial reports, accounts, and ledgers;
  • Ability to ensure the accuracy of billing, deposit and collection functions;

FRA II - Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance or a closely related field and a minimum of three to five (3-5) years of work experience in accounting or finance field, which must include a minimum of three (3) years of experience directly related to sponsored research administration in an academic or equivalent setting, is required.  An additional four years of the required work experience can be substituted for the required Bachelor’s Degree.

Demonstrated proficiency with PeopleSoft Financial and Grants Module or similar enterprise-wide accounting system (Oracle, SAP, Banner, Workday, etc.) required. Demonstrated proficiency in identifying, interpreting, communicating, and applying federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A-21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses required. Demonstrated proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, communicating, and applying grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and sub awards required.

FRA II - Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency identifying, interpreting, communicating, and applying federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A-21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses.
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, communicating and applying grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and sub awards. 

FRA II - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated intermediate-level knowledge of common desktop database and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Office, FileMaker, BrioQuery, Lotus, Googledocs, etc.);
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level knowledge of general ledger accounting/financial systems (Quickbooks, Sage, etc.);
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level knowledge of business intelligence tools (SUMMIT, etc.);
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency with automated billing, accounts receivable and/or cash management systems and processes;
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level use creating and using complex mathematical calculations and formulas in Excel to solve accounting problems;
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency in reading, analyzing, and interpreting documents such as financial reports, accounts and ledgers;
  • Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency in analyzing accounting data, identifying errors and/or areas of concern, and making appropriate recommendations to resolve issues;
  • Ability to develop self-audit skills to ensure accuracy of billing, deposit and collection functions;

FRA III - Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance or a closely related field and a minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of work experience in accounting or finance field, which must include a minimum of five (5) years of experience directly related to sponsored research administration in an academic or equivalent setting, is required.  An additional four (4) years of the required work experience can be substituted for the required Bachelor’s Degree.

Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency with PeopleSoft Financial and Grants Module or similar enterprise-wide accounting system (Oracle, SAP, Banner, Workday, etc.) required.  Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency identifying, interpreting, communicating, and applying federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses required. Demonstrated intermediate-level proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, communicating, and applying grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and sub awards required. 

FRA III - Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in business, finance or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency with general ledger accounting/financial systems (Quickbooks, Sage, Lawson, etc.).
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, communicating, and applying grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and sub awards. 
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency identifying, interpreting, communicating, and applying federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A-21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses.  

FRA III - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency with common desktop database and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Office, FileMaker, BrioQuery, Lotus, Google docs, etc.);
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency with business intelligence tools (SUMMIT, etc.);
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency with automated billing, accounts receivable and/or cash management systems and processes;
  • Demonstrated advanced-level use creating and using complex mathematical calculations and formulas in Excel to solve accounting problems;
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency in reading, analyzing, and interpreting documents such as financial reports, accounts and ledgers;
  • Demonstrated advanced-level proficiency in analyzing accounting data, identifying errors and/or areas of concern, and making appropriate recommendations to resolve issues;
  • Ability to create an effective environment of self-audit to ensure accuracy of billing, deposit and collection functions;

FRA IV - Qualifications: 

Degree in business, finance or related field and a minimum of seven-ten (7-10) years of work experience directly related to sponsored research administration in an academic or equivalent setting is required.  Demonstrated expert-level proficiency with PeopleSoft Financial and Grants Modules or similar enterprise-wide accounting system (Oracle, SAP, Banner, Workday, etc.) required.  Demonstrated expert-level proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, communicating, and applying grant recipient and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and sub awards required.  Demonstrated expert-level proficiency identifying, interpreting, communicating, and applying federal financial reporting requirements, including OMB Uniform Guidance (previously A-133, A-21, A-110) PHS Grants Policy Statement, FAR Clauses required. 

FRA IV - Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in business, finance or a closely related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency with general ledger accounting/financial systems (Quickbooks, Sage, etc.).  

FRA IV - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency with common desktop database and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Office, FileMaker, BrioQuery, Lotus, Google docs, etc.);
  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency with business intelligence tools (SUMMIT, etc.);
  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency with automated billing, accounts receivable and/or cash management systems and processes;
  • Demonstrated expert-level use creating and using complex mathematical calculations and formulas in Excel to solve accounting problems;
  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency in reading, analyzing, and interpreting documents such as financial reports, accounts and ledgers;
  • Demonstrated expert-level proficiency in analyzing accounting data, identifying errors and/or areas of concern, and making appropriate recommendations to resolve issues;
  • Ability to create an effective environment of self-audit to ensure accuracy of billing, deposit and collection functions;
  • Ability to lead teams/projects;

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade are below: 

Position

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

FRA I, Grade 28

$35,912

$52,358

FRA II, Grade 30

$42,215

$70,764

FRA III, Grade 32

$50,545

$86,255

FRA IV, Grade 34

$60,530

$96,607

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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