Business Manager

innovation Research & Training (iRT) seeks full-time Business Manager who will manage a small business office that will include overseeing the bookkeeping and accounting related to Federal and nonfederal contracts, grants, and sales, as well as HR activities.

We are looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented person. If you have strong accounting and finance skills, a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative and positive environment, read about our work and consider joining our team!

iRT is a behavioral sciences research company that specializes in the creation of science-based, health promotion and asset-building interventions and resources, primarily for youth. Our mission is to create products and services that improve the well-being of children, adolescents, young adults, families, schools, communities, and youth-serving organizations. Technological innovations are part of our core competencies and products. Creating resources for people and organizations that support youth is fundamental to our mission. iRT conducts research supported by both Federal and non-Federal grants and contracts, sells retail products, and offers contractual training and technical assistance services. Visit our website to learn more about the company at:

Job Description:  The person in this position will be responsible for the management of the business office including all sponsored programs, independent R & D, compliance with all rules and regulations associated with awards from multiple Federal and non-Federal funding agencies and types of awards.


  • Manage pre- and post-award grants and contracts
  • Create monthly company financial reports, and facilitate monthly project and company financial report meetings
  • Create companywide budgets for a fiscal year, as well as draft or review drafted budgets for inclusion in grant and contract proposals for accuracy and alignment with funding guidelines
  • Create monthly forecasting reports to include company financials, cross-project labor, and indirect cost expenses
  • Create presentations for special projects
  • Manage a direct staff of 2 employees who have financial, pre- and post-award grant and contract management, HR, sales, and general business responsibilities
  • Adhere to Federal and non-Federal rules, regulations, and policies related to accounting procedures, grants and contract award management, and employment practices
  • Implement new or revise current policies relevant to rules, regulations, and procedures, as they relate to financial operations of the company
  • Manage Accounts Payable staff including oversight of vendor/consultant payments, travel expense reports, and credit card charges
  • Manage Accounts Receivable staff including oversight of customer invoicing
  • Manage general ledger reconciliation and resolve discrepancies
  • Manage annual escheated checks reporting
  • Manage the preparation of materials for annual external financial audit, submission of taxes, and other governmental reports with an understanding of GAAP compliance
  • Prepare and submit company’s annual indirect cost proposals to its federal cognizant agency
  • Manage employees who are responsible for HR administrative duties
  • Assist managers with HR-related questions as they arise
  • Monitor all bank accounts
  • Manage office administration activities
  • Plan, implement, and manage the overall financial strategy of the company
  • Plan and manage all audit and internal control operations
  • Create company policies for great financial health
  • Assist with business funding decisions
  • Develop and execute strategies to hire, train, and retain skilled finance employees


  • Required:
    • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting 
    • Minimum five years of experience
    • Accounting knowledge with an understanding of GAAP
    • Pre- and/or post-award Federal grants or contracts, or nonprofit grants management experience
    • Proficient in the following software applications: QuickBooks and MS Office products, including Excel
    • At least two years of direct management experience
    • Attentive to details
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation, ability to work independently, and ability to multitask in order to meet deadlines
    • Must be legally able to work in the U.S.  
  • Preferred:
    • Able to read and interpret the Federal Register or Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a collaborative and proactive approach to working with both internal employees and external consultants
    • Strong problem-solving skills

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees which includes BCBS health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, PTO, an employer-matched SIMPLE IRA, and more. Drug-free, smoke-free work environment. No relocation assistance available. Depending upon the pandemic, the position may be a hybrid of working remotely and on site in the IRT office in Durham, NC.

iRT is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, individuals that identify as a racial or ethnic minority, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTQ community.

Contact Information

Innovation Research and Training, Inc.



5316 Highgate Dr., Suite 125

Durham, NC 27713


Background Information

4-Year Degree

5 +

  • Commercial
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Government
  • Finance, Operations
  • Business Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time