Research Grant Acctnt I, Cntrl

Rochester, NY


The Research Grant Accountant-Compliance and Sponsor Reporting, works closely with faculty (PI's), and Department Administrators and Staff in support of the Office of Research Accounting and Costing Standards (ORACS), the College's Post-Award Sponsored Research Office within the Finance Department of the University of Rochester. Reporting to the Managers of ORACS, the Research Grant Accountant is responsible for reliable stewardship of assigned sponsored awards and strict adherence to contractual terms and all applicable compliance requirements. This requires monitoring financial transactions and other post-award administration from project set-up to eventual closeout. Post-award financial administration includes compliance with Uniform Guidance, Sponsor, and other, institutional requirements. The position provides support to operational departments within the University as well as senior management within Administration and Finance. There is a firm expectation the candidate will be a grant subject matter expert (SME) in UR Financials (Workday Platform) and IORA (pre-award documentation system) within twelve months of hire.


  1. Ensures the accounting necessary to support sponsored program activity is in compliance with government, sponsoring agency, and/or University requirements, and is reported accurately and timely to Sponsors. Ensures the University is in compliance with the Uniform Guidance as well as specific Sponsor requirements. Ensures all expenditures are made within the grant period (period of availability), all (payroll and services and supplies) costs recorded to a grant are reasonable, allocable and allowable.

  2. Analyzes financial reports and works cohesively with PI's and Department Personnel, and the sponsoring agency representatives. Assists Department Personnel with award budgets, budget revisions, cost transfers and cost overruns. Reviews reports with appropriate Department Personnel and submits reports in accordance with program sponsor deadlines. Prepares or reviews financial reports to be submitted to sponsors.

  3. Performs all grant-related post-award functions including, but not limited to: budget and expense analysis; invoicing Sponsors, financial reporting, and reviewing labor distributions. Prepares invoices for sponsored awards as required. Establishes new grants and monitors expenditure activity.

  4. Reviews the indirect cost calculations and journal entries to ensure the accuracy of indirect costs each month. Performs grant closeout functions, as required by Sponsor including, but not limited to: reconciliation's, Financial Status Reports (FSR's), final invoices, final reporting and, where permitted, carryover of available funds.

  5. Responsible for financial data analysis, presentation of financial reports, consulting with Departments and performing closing process for Sponsored Project Accounts. Analyzes financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes. Provides financial and system expertise to Departments via managing an extensive portfolio of projects for the Departments as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field required.

  • Minimum of 1 year of Accounting experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must have thorough knowledge of grant and contract administration, including federal regulations and compliance requirements, and general accounting best practices including financial system exposure and excel skills;

  • Must possess a knowledge of finance, have analytical capabilities, and demonstrate good interpersonal skills;

  • Requires sound customer service skills with the ability to interact with all members of the campus community;

  • Excellent communications skills and Computer proficiency

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $24.40 - $34.16 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time