Finance Professional 3-Grant/Research

University of Minnesota
October 13, 2021
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


The School of Public Health is seeking applications for a Finance Professional 3 - Grant/Research position.

The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual's record working with colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

Financial Research Award Management and Analysis (60%)

  • Responsible for a portfolio of faculty members' sponsored research and university non-sponsored research support accounts and related activity. This includes accounting budget and report preparation, general accounting, reconciliations, compliance and auditing, and approving or denying expenditures based on existing administrative requirements and policies.
  • Problem-solving post-award grants management issues and working collaboratively with individuals across all levels of the organization, or outside the organization such as sponsors, collaborating institutions, subaward institutions, service providers, or contractors/consultants, to recommend solutions.
  • Interpret award regulations and relate to Principal Investigators and staff as well as proactively identifying and resolving issues related to expenditures, personnel effort charging, carry forward requests, no cost extension, re-budget requirements, grant close-outs, changes in key personnel, cost-share/salary cap application, and Effort Certification.
  • Regularly meet with faculty to review status of accounts and develop individualized financial projections and reports, including providing regular financial management and oversight to faculty accounts to monitor issues, identify and solve problems, and improve financial project management.
  • Maintain and update post-award grant data records in Division grants database from setup through closeout.
  • Work with SFR (Sponsored Financial Reporting) to analyze detailed reports provided to sponsors for accuracy.
  • Work with SPA (Sponsored Projects Administration) to ensure award requirements are met and ensure research grants are closed out properly.
  • Serve as a certified approver (must be certified within one year if not already) for externally funded research expenditures.

Effort Coordinator (20%)

  • Serve as effort manager for assigned faculty portfolio to include policy guidance, audit and oversight of effort statements in regards to commitments, salary cap issues, and timely processing. Communicate regularly with Principal Investigators and project staff, including collaborating units, sponsored and non-sponsored personnel effort, request any necessary distribution changes, and/or correcting Retro transactions from departmental payroll administrator, and setup up required cost-share/Federal salary cap correctly. Assure that deadlines are met, tasks processed, communication shared, and training provided.
  • Manage and update faculty effort commitment information using internal processes and systems.
  • Communicate regularly with faculty regarding their effort and proactively identify and resolve issues.

General Financial Operations & Oversight (15%)

  • In collaboration with other staff, identify and implement process improvements related to sponsored and non-sponsored accounting.
  • Provide input on internal subaward processes, contracts for professional services, award tracking, closeout and compliance.
  • Provide input on purchasing and accounting activity: accounting processes and procedures, overall financial compliance, evaluation of workload issues and tasks, training and orientation of accounting and purchasing personnel, analyze and improve workflows; serve as a resource to colleagues and faculty on financial matters, identify areas for improvement.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

  • Participates regularly in professional development activities such as Grant Management User Network, Sponsored Project Symposium, Certified Approver Community of Practice, and other and University grant and financial training opportunities. Builds relationships with colleagues beyond the Division to share best practices.
  • Represent division and college on work groups and committees; attend appropriate trainings and meetings to stay current on University, state, and federal regulations and systems.

Work Arrangements: Flexible Start and End times
Hybrid option with a minimum of 3 days in the office during core business hours

Starting pay dependent on qualifications: $65-85K annually, depending on the candidate's total relevant education and experience

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

• Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and medical/sick leave
• Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
• Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
• Excellent retirement plans with employer match
• Disability and employer paid life insurance
• Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
• Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
• Student loan forgiveness opportunity
• Opportunities for growth and promotion
• Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:


Required Qualifications:
BA/BS degree in accounting or related field and 4 years of professional accounting work experience OR a combination of related education and professional accounting work experience to equal 8 years.
Experience with grants and contracts.
Experience in nonprofit, government, public or academic settings.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability as a self-starter who takes initiative, acts independently, and confidently.
Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and resolve complex problems.
Demonstrated knowledge of sponsors' fiscal/administrative terms and conditions.
Ability to constructively communicate complex financial data and issues to a non-financial audience
Demonstrated ability to organize and handle multiple tasks, projects, financial activities simultaneously.
Proven excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting under tight deadlines.
Proven ability to prioritize workload.
Demonstrated ability to interact with people of all responsibility and experience levels within an organization and with external entities.
Demonstrated ability to anticipate business needs of the department, develop and analyze alternatives, and make recommendations to faculty and unit leaders regarding budgets and sponsored projects.
Administrative/business experience at the U of MN strongly preferred.
Experience managing effort certification and/or payroll commitments strongly preferred.
Experience and expertise in technology as related to the needs of this position.
Demonstrated strong service orientation.
Certified approver status or must have the skills and ability to work toward becoming a certified approver within one year of employment.
Familiarity with University and sponsored accounting (Federal and non-Federal) regulations and University financial systems is ideal but not required.

About the Department

The Division of Epidemiology & Community Health (EpiCH) in the School of Public Health is highly ranked in research productivity and focuses on disease and health in various populations. Our faculty and students examine the distribution, cause and prevention of diseases, and how human behavior affects overall health. The division offers MPH, MS and PhD degrees, as well as dual and joint degrees. There are 45 primary faculty members who bring in over $30 million annually in sponsored research grants. We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work. The work of epidemiologists spreads across sectors and areas of study, so our division and faculty are often partnering with other research entities and community organizations on public health research and interventions.

The Division's Mission: To improve the health of the public through state-of-the art teaching, translation of research into practice, and training of the next generation of public health professionals.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please submit a resume and cover letter, and outline your qualifications as they pertain to this position. Inclusion of a Diversity Statement as a part of the submitted application materials is encouraged.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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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