Job # 2014-018 (042832)
Job Type Administrative
Department Restricted Funds Accounting
Class Code 9003
Bargaining Unit No
FLSA Status Exempt
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date March 24, 2014
Closing Date Open Until Filled

Department: Restricted Funds Accounting Office

Duties: Provides strong leadership, vision, planning and direction for the offices of Restricted Funds; responsible for stewardship, oversight, budgeting, and administration of all campus operating funds; manages and oversees the post-award fiscal accounting of all research grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.  Duties also includes functions on behalf of the University, Principal Investigators, and the Office of Sponsored Programs; maintains the Restricted Fund Chart of accounts; bills and invoices funded projects in accordance with procedures established by the sponsor funding organization; reviews, contract and grant proposals; reviews financial analysis, financial statements and other reports required for internal and external auditors; provides management with various reports on Funded Projects; assists the Comptroller in preparing Fiscal Year-End reports; assists the Budget Director in preparing University Budget admissions; assists in preparation of annual reports; ensures the University is in compliance with Federal, and State policies and procedures; supervises employees and staff members; ensures that the department delivers excellent customer service; processes student stipends in conjunction with the Bursars Office; establishes and maintains procedures and policies for accounting of restricted funds; and performs other duties, as required. The Director of Restricted Funds Accounting works under the general direction of the Division of the Research and Economic Development.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or University in Accounting, Finance, or related field. Five-plus years of relevant work experience in budgeting, accounting operations, management and finance at a senior level; two years of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity. A broad experience in financial management of government grants and contracts in a university environment is strongly desired.  Advanced computer skills required; mastery of MS-Excel; e.g. the ability to make charts and graphs and pivot tables. Must undergo and pass a criminal background check. Must  have or be eligible for Department of Defense clearance.

Preferred: Masters degree, or equivalent experience demonstrating a strong and in-depth financial systems background with proven experience with financial reporting systems and computer applications (Banner is preferred). Completed CA, CPA or CMA designation preferred. Understanding of the accounting and compliance issues related to grants and contracts management is sought. 

Requirements: Knowledge of complex and specialized budget and accounting policies and procedures; skill in analyzing financial transactions and formulating appropriate solutions; demonstrated mastery of financial spreadsheets using Excel and Word, Access, and PowerPoint as making charts is required; ability to perform reviews and financial analyses; ability to supervise assigned staff, ability to prepare reports; effective written and oral communication skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Candidate must have the priority and demeanor for customer focus and customer satisfaction. Must be able to work under the pressure of time and frequent requests from multiple sources each having their own timelines and constraints and with all levels of academic and administrative staff. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and presentation skills are strongly desired.

Work Complexities:

Choice of Action:

Having sound knowledge of the Division’s mandate, priorities and deadlines, manages staff in establishing timelines and schedules; able to make responsible decisions related to the financial attributes of contracts, grants and other sponsor organization financial instruments, exercises judgment in the creation and interpretation of policies and procedures for all financial accounting. Must hold staff accountable for the knowledge required to carry-out their duties, and encourage and advocate for training where their our skill/knowledge gaps which inhibit the ability to provide robust and auditable account management.

Consequence of Error:

Error in accuracy, judgment, tact, or communication could result in a significant loss of credibility and jeopardize potential contracts, and grant for the University, and the Division. Lack of judgment and quality of work and communication to external sponsors could lead to loss of financial support and create a negative image for the University. Failure to establish proper policies and procedures as well as sound utilization of your direct reports will result in placing the University at risk if it were to undergo an audit, and missed deadlines and poor employee morale, respectively.

To Apply: Send letter of interest indicating Job #2014-018, and your salary requirements along with the MSU Employment Application to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251 or e-mail your information to jobs@morgan.edu. EEO/ AA