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Contracts and Grants Accountant (Multiple Vacancies)

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 21, 2022

Position Title
Contracts and Grants Accountant (Multiple Vacancies)

Position Number

Special Funds Accounting - 415102

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education

License/Certification Required


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The App State Controller’s office has an immediate opening for 4 accounting professionals to manage contracts and grants.

The mission of the Controller’s Office is to provide accountability for University resources and appropriate dissemination of financial information to maximize the use of University resources in compliance with Federal and State legislation, Federal and State policies and procedures, Board of Governors policies and procedures, Appalachian State University policies and procedures, and requirements of external funding sources.

Perform day to day duties of Grant Administration:
  • Following standard procedures for post award compliance in the Controller’s Office, UNC -System Office Business Process Standards, sponsor regulation or program guidelines, and resolve routine problems and issues that arise with Contracts and Grants post award compliance activities.
  • Perform necessary research and review to apply professional judgement to resolve unique problems and issues.
  • Consult and communicate with supervisor on unusual situations or where inadequate training or communication has been provided regarding the issue.
  • Monitor, examine and audit grant transactions for adherence to federal, state, university and sponsor guidelines.
  • Following post award compliance procedures, Federal Uniform Guidance, and UNC -Business Process standards, research unusual activity to draw conclusions and report findings.
  • Prepare other required Financial Reports as required by Contract and Grant agreements.
  • At required intervals prepare accurate and timely financial status reports for external sponsors.
  • Review/ensure accuracy and timeliness of invoices to Sponsors.
  • Properly document submissions with evidence and supporting calculations to justify claims.
  • Review payment status for further action.
  • Apply knowledge of Federal Uniform Guidance, Agency/Program Guidelines, State Budget Manual, UNC -Business Process standards, and University policies and procedures to perform job functions.
  • Use technology resources: Banner, E-print, WebFOCUS, Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Google Suite (Sheets, Docs, Drive, Mail, Slides), Internet, Agency software and web-based programs and research skills to perform job functions.
Effectively communicate with Departments:
  • Develop good working relationships with Project Directors and Departmental Research Administrators, in order to facilitate the research mission of the University.
  • Consult with PI’s, DRA’s, Chairs and Deans on policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Convey federal, state, and university regulations related to grant management and post award compliance.
  • Prepare invoices and reports for grants in required format.
Effectively communicate with External Sponsors:
  • Per legal agreements, prepare and submit timely financial reports for contracts and grants in the required formats.
  • Resolve issues affecting reimbursements to the University.
  • Prepare correspondence requesting budget revisions, clarifications on allowability as necessary to appropriately administer grants, contracts and agreements.
  • Participate in monthly Finance & Administrative training meetings, adding perspective, and encouraging audience interaction
This position has potential for a remote work arrangement within the State of North Carolina, consistent with university policy .

Suggested Salary Range
$54,000 - $64,000

Physical Demands of Position

Standard office environment. Position requires long periods of sitting and using a computer.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references on the application or attach a List of References with contact Information.

This position has potential for a remote work arrangement within the State of North Carolina, consistent with university policy .

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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