The Contracts and Grants Accounting provides UC Irvine faculty and staff with accounting and financial services for externally funded projects. Under the general direction of a Contracts and Grants Manager, Accountant IV is independently responsible for all high-level accounting and analytical activities for assigned contract and grant funds. Responsibilities include award setups, project allocations, financial reporting and analysis, cash management, timely and accurate Letter of Credit drawdowns and reconciliations for various agencies, timely invoicing and AR monitoring, award closeouts, data warehouse downloads, maintenance of multiple tracking mechanisms and excel spreadsheets, and assistance with fiscal closing activities and audits. Accountant IV completes highly skilled accounting and analytical tasks with clear understanding and knowledge of the complex award processes and regulatory guidelines; and demonstrates the skill and ability to perform award administration, forecasting, evaluating, and prioritizing. Inaccurate and untimely accounting can result in a loss of substantial income to the campus. Required to resolve problems in all areas of responsibility directly with awarding agencies, Sponsored Projects Administration, Principal Investigators, and/or campus departmental administrators. This position routinely interacts with all levels of the campus community, federal, state, and private industry representatives, requiring the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to explain policies, regulations, and procedures; and the ability to present facts, finding, conclusions, and recommendations in a clear, concise, and tactful manner. Responsible for providing advice to campus departmental administrators and Principal Investigators regarding University regulatory policies, and agency guidelines. The consequence of errors is enormous if regulatory guidelines and agency policies are not followed (i.e., audit disallowance's and fines). Requires skill in utilizing Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Data Warehouse. This position requires specialized subject matter expertise and extensive knowledge of a wide range of concepts, including generally accepted accounting principles, governmental accounting standards, federal costing accounting standards and guidelines including Uniform Guidance, federal auditing guidelines, specific policies as set by various federal, state, and private agencies, university-wide and campus academic and staff personnel policies and procedures, university accounting policies and procedures, the financial system, as well as skills in applying this knowledge to the resolution of problems. Requires demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and proven superior skill in problem solving, and the ability to anticipate consequences of decisions; proven comprehensive knowledge of financial standards and demonstrated experience in applying standards to the University practices; and comprehensive knowledge of contracts and grants post award administration and fund accounting.
Bachelor's degree in accounting or business related field, or completion of financial and managerial college accounting courses and 4-6 years of accounting experience.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people at all levels in order to explain policies, regulations and procedures, present factors, findings, conclusion, and recommendations in a clear, concise and tactful manner.
Effective interpersonal skills.
Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
Working knowledge of fund accounting.
Strong ability to analyze and evaluate accounting and financial data, systems, and policies.
Strong ability to prepare accounting and financial reports.
Skill to organize work and perform timely under pressure of conflicting deadlines.
Skill to analyze and define problems promptly, identify relevant factors, formulate logical conclusions, and to derive solutions to solve problems.
Skill to interpret accounting and external regulatory guidelines, and campus policies and procedures.
Flexibility to adjust to abrupt changes in the standard operating procedure.
Familiarity with electronic data processing and computerized accounting systems.
Knowledge and experience using a personal computer with Excel, Microsoft Word, and Data Warehouse.
Ability to analyze and evaluate accounting and financial data.
Knowledge of UCI Financial System and on-line capabilities including General Ledger Inquiry, Transfer of Expenses, Transfer of Funds.
Knowledge and experience with federal and state costing and audit guidelines, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and specific federal agency policies (i.e., HHS Grants Policy Statement, NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, Federal Demonstration Partnership Guidelines) and demonstrated ability to interpret and apply these requirements.
Demonstrated working knowledge of UC accounting policies, procedures, and practices.
Demonstrated knowledge of UC contracts and grants policies.
Demonstrated knowledge of the various local, state, and federal government guidelines and regulations, and the ability to interpret and apply them.
Knowledge of cash management practices.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions. In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.
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