Manager, Financial Award Administration

George Mason University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, is accepting applications for the position of Manager, Financial Award Administration. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply, who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

As the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Manager, Financial Award Administration, you will manage a team responsible for award set up, award modifications, financial cost compliance, and review and approval of financial transactions related to externally sponsored grants and contracts. This position requires a significant emphasis on customer service, financial monitoring, and an understanding and ability to interpret complex regulations, requirements, terms and conditions to ensure compliance. As part of the Financial Post Award Administration team in OSP, you will interface regularly with other OSP staff, department and college research administrators, University central office staff, faculty, and external sponsors.


  • Provides leadership and direct oversight of the financial award administration team, including operational responsibility for assigned workload and overall performance management;
  • Collaborates with other central offices, department administrators, and other management level staff in OSP to implement and maintain effective and efficient procedures related to award set up, financial cost compliance, and post award management;
  • Serves as subject matter expert regarding matters related to award set up, sponsor terms and conditions, policies, procedures, and federal requirements governing post award management of sponsored awards;
  • Provides guidance and training to staff to ensure requirements are understood and procedures are followed. Develops and updates procedures as needed;
  • Maintains a working knowledge of external regulatory requirements to ensure compliance;
  • Responds promptly to inquiries or requests for assistance as they relate to post award financial management;
  • Performs analysis of issues and determines appropriate resolution;
  • Provides final approval of financial transactions charged to sponsored awards;
  • Ensures new awards and modifications are processed in a timely manner and in accordance with established policies and procedures. Reviews new awards and modifications for accuracy before they are entered in the financial system;
  • Assists in the preparation of materials related to audit inquiries for internal, sponsor, federal or state audits;
  • Performs other related duties incidental to the position; and
  • Serves on committees and working groups or other special initiatives as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Significant relevant professional experience (typically 5+ years) in research administration; considerable supervisory experience (typically 3+ years);
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and direct staff to maintain an effective team;
  • Post award experience and extensive knowledge of Uniform Guidance;
  • Knowledge of, and ability to interpret federal, state, sponsor, and University guidelines;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other teams throughout the university;
  • Demonstrated skills in Excel and other Microsoft based software applications, problem solving and analytical skills, and strong attention to detail; and
  • Well organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities concurrently.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Ellucian Banner financial system;
  • Knowledge and experience with sponsor research administration systems;
  • Experience in an academic or related research environment; and
  • Certified Research Administrator or similar accreditation.

Candidates must be one of the following:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (a “Green Card” holder);
  • A person who is a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a) (3); or
  • A person who is otherwise able to become generally eligible to receive unclassified technical data pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Contact Information

George Mason University



4400 University Drive, MSN 4C6

Fairfax, VA 22030


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time