Manager, Financial Compliance


The Manager, Financial Compliance oversees a team responsible for ensuring financial compliance with the federal requirements and guidelines that govern sponsored research. The position is responsible for managing procedures and business processes that ensure adequate financial oversight in the areas of subrecipient monitoring, payroll certification, cost monitoring, and approval of financial transactions posting to sponsored awards. The Manager, Financial Compliance also supports requests from internal and external auditors.


  • Manages a team responsible for multiple areas of financial compliance including subrecipient monitoring, payroll certification, and cost monitoring;
  • Provides coaching and training to the Financial Compliance Team and other internal and external stakeholders at the university in financial compliance related areas;
  • Reviews and provides final approval for financial transactions ensuring compliance with university and sponsor guidelines;
  • Ensures monthly financial compliance reports are generated, reviewed, and distributed in accordance with the established schedule and follows up to ensure timely responses and resolution of identified issues;
  • Serves as a resource to faculty and department or college level administrators regarding matters related to financial compliance, sponsor terms and conditions, policies, procedures, and federal requirements governing post award management of sponsored awards;
  • Ensures compliance with external regulatory requirements;
  • Reviews procedures regularly and makes updates responsive to the needs of the office or the regulatory environment. Assists management in identifying opportunities to streamline and improve processes, providing input for automating processes, and actively implementing changes;
  • Responds promptly to inquiries or requests for assistance as they relate to post award financial management. Performs analysis of issues and determines appropriate resolution;
  • Assists in the preparation of materials related to audit inquiries from internal and external auditors;
  • Serves on working groups or other special initiatives as needed; and
  • Reporting to the Director, Post Award, assists with special projects as needed and performs other related duties incidental to the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Substantial relevant professional experience in research administration;
  • Considerable management experience;
  • 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;
  • Strong skills in Excel and other Microsoft based software applications, problem solving & analytical skills, and strong attention to detail; and
  • Well organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities concurrently.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field;
  • Certified Research Administrator or similar accreditation is preferred;
  • Significant experience managing a research administration team;
  • Experience with Ellucian Banner financial system; and
  • Experience in an academic or related research environment.

Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply for Manager, Financial Compliance at Complete and submit the online application to include three professional references with contact information, and provide a cover letter and resume.

Posting Open Date: March 11, 2024

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 31, 2024

Open Until Filled?:  Yes

Contact Information

George Mason University
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Background Information

High School
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  • College/University
  • Government
  • Department Administrator
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
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Authorized to work in the US
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  • Full Time