Assistant Director of Sponsored Project Accounting and Fiscal Compliance

This position exists to serve as the University’s Associate Director of Sponsored Project Accounting and Fiscal Compliance; ensuring the University remains in compliance with all applicable fiscal rules and regulations; upholding an infrastructure where our Principle Investigators have the necessary resources to effectively manage their awards by creating and maintaining processes to ensure financial resources are received to help support the University’s mission.

50% – Serve as the University’s expert on all federal, state, local, and private grants in relation to post award fiscal compliance as well as financial stewardship and fiscal reporting. Act as a liaison between the Principle Investigators (PIs) and the Administrative branch for post award responsibilities, advise the PIs on the interpretation of the grant fiscal requirements and the process of fiscal reporting. Serve as the key fiscal resource for grant recipients. Provide quarterly presentations, training, and updates to PIs on relevant fiscal matters. Review and approve sponsored project purchasing and payroll documents. Create, review and maintain fiscal policies and procedures related to sponsored projects. Advise and collaborate with other departments such as Budget, Foundation, Financial Aid and PI’s to determine and implement processes related to financial transactions.

20% – Supervise 3 professional accountants (2 Grant Accountants, and 1 post award fiscal Compliance Officer). Monitor workflow to ensure accuracy and timeliness, train staff on duties as needed, design staff performance plans, conduct appraisals, discipline as necessary, hire, manage leave time etc. Perform formal reviews of staff’s reconciliations, journal entries, procedures, and other work products.

10% – Coordinate the cash flow for the Restricted Funds, ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies, while minimizing negative cash, which includes in part, review of letter of credit draws, cash receipt and accounts receivable billings as well as internal and external collection efforts (excluding Student AR).

10% – Responsible for initial review and on-going annual review of subrecipients, documenting the level of risk and developing related reviews and possible audits. Also serves as the point of contact for external auditors on fiscal matters related to grants and contracts,

10% – Assembles, compiles, calculates and disseminates data including monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to federal and state agencies, auditors, and other departments/divisions, i.e. budget to actual, stagnant ICR funds, etc. Compiles supporting schedules and state exhibits for quarterly and annual financial statements, and reviews/approves adjusting and closing entries for the Restricted funds, while ensuring timely monthly close processes.

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Accounting or related field or equivalent work experience
  • Working knowledge of deferrals/accruals, encumbrances, and professional experience working in an integrated financial system.
  • Professional experience with post award grant administration including but not limited to reviewing and interpreting notice of awards and budget narratives and completing federal financial reports.
  • Experience interpreting and applying uniform grant guidance to ensure federal grant compliance.
  • One year of customer service experience or collaborative/supportive work with PI’s.
  • Professional experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Teams, and Outlook

Preferred Qualifications

• Banner Finance Experience, Workday, or related financial system experience.
• Microsoft Access Experience
• Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
• Experience creating reports and conducting annual reporting.


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Contact Information

Metropolitan State University of Denver





Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Business Manager
  • Finance, Operations
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$85,000 -

  • Full Time