We are encouraging applications for a Grant Accountant
join our team! The University of Colorado Boulder Campus
Controller’s Office (CCO)
is responsible for the administration
of the extramural research grants and contracts to the University
of Colorado Boulder. The duties and responsibilities of this
research administration position include the post award financial
administration and accounting of grants and contracts awarded to
the University of Colorado Boulder by Federal and Non-Federal
sources. In this position you will handle a standard complexity
sponsor desk that includes approximately 200 projects and up to
$100M in annual expenditures.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
CCO maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility
through accurate financial accounting and reporting and is in
compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures, and
contract requirements for sponsored projects. We provide oversight,
assistance, and training in financial stewardship for the Boulder
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Maintain extensive sponsored program knowledge and provide
training, instruction, and guidance to campus partners:
Administer fiscal operations of sponsored grants and
- Develop and maintain a working knowledge of University, State,
Federal, and funding agency policies and procedures, and develop a
strong rapport with funding agency personnel.
- Develop an extensive understanding of University and UC System
operations (e.g. Accounting, Purchasing, Property Control, etc.)
and the inter-relationships between these operations and extramural
- Maintain a substantial working knowledge of Uniform Guidance
(UG), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting
Standards (CAS), and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
- Provide training, instruction, and guidance to campus partners
regarding sponsored programs policies and procedures; interpreting
University, Federal, State, and funding agency policies and
procedures for the assigned awards and/or contracts; and
interpreting extramural University accounting data.
- Prepare materials and present knowledge in meetings and formal
training sessions to campus partners.
Prepare and submit financial and other post-award reports for
grants and contracts:
- Analyze approved budgets and award/contract documents issued by
funding agencies for all applicable fiscal, post-award, billing,
payment, closeout reporting requirements, and terms and conditions
for a specific award portfolio.
- Advise campus partners (Principal Investigator, Dean/Director,
and Department/Institute Research Administrator) through written
and oral correspondence of specific grant/contract financial
restrictions and terms and conditions. Connect with campus partners
of any subsequent changes to these terms and conditions. Maintain
and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all
fiscal requirements related to the assigned awards and/or
- Interpret and analyze University accounting data for compliance
according to the approved budget and all applicable policies and
guidelines (i.e. University, Federal, State, funding agency).
Communicate lapses in compliance to campus partners and CCO
leadership as applicable. Coordinate the resolution of post-award
issues in collaboration with campus partners, funding agency and
- Review and process requests from campus partners for
administrative and/or processing changes (e.g. indirect cost and/or
budget adjustments, cost transfers, spending control edits, project
- Establish, maintain, and reconcile grant/contract records to
ensure compliance with specific grant provisions or restrictions.
This may include cost sharing, fixed assets, budgetary
- Facilitate award closeout procedures including performing final
reviews of awards/contracts/project expenditures, payments and
accounts receivable. Process closing entries in the University's
accounting system as needed.
- Provide insight to the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG)
Contract Negotiation team to resolve contract negotiation questions
related to invoicing and financial reporting.
- Support University partners, including the OCG Subagreements
Team, in their activities to initiate, prepare, compose, and
negotiate subcontracts. Topics include invoicing, financial
reporting, budgeting, and/or other relevant terms and
- Assist with site visits, Federal and Non-Federal system audits,
and/or individual project audits, in collaboration with the CCO
Audit Coordinator and campus partners.
Administer Sponsored Projects billing and letter of credit
- Facilitate, prepare and submit required interim and final
- Facilitate, prepare, and submit final post-award closeout
reports, as applicable, in collaboration with CCO Property Control
Team, OCG and campus partners.
- Prepare semi-annual Small Business Subcontracting Reports for
the Federal Government, as applicable.
- Effectively manage all applicable financial, post-award, and
closeout deliverables for the assigned awards and/or contracts by
establishing and maintaining PeopleSoft benchmarks.
- Prepare and submit interim and final invoices.
- Prepare and submit Federal Letter of Credit draw requests.
- Monitor sponsored projects accounts receivable. Collaborate
with CCO Revenue Management on follow-up procedures for aged items
in accordance with the CCO collection policies to encourage prompt
payment. Consult with campus partners and CCO leadership to address
uncollectible accounts receivable issues.
- Reconcile payment receipts to funding agency records.
- Determine when a refund of receipts payment is due to the
funding agency and perform necessary actions to initiate a payment
- Attend meetings as CCO representative at the University,
Regional and/or National levels.
- Seek opportunities for professional development and training
What You Should Know
- Develop/prepare reports or surveys requested by CCO
- Assist in the origination, development and implementation of
improved procedures and systems for grants and contracts
What We Can Offer
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
comply with the campus
COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof
of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within
30 days of employment.
- A Hybrid work schedule is offered with a minimum of two days in
- The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $58,000 per
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
Be challenged. Be supported. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting and one year of accounting
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may
What We Would Like You To Have
- Analytical thinking along with the ability to question the
logic of information is crucial.
- The ability to recognize unusual situations, question them and
provide alternative solutions is also necessary.
- The ability to prioritize, work independently and understand
and apply policies and procedures.
- The successful candidate will pay attention to detail, use
sound judgment, be a problem solver, work independently, meet
deadlines and enjoy a variety of exciting work.
- This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the
ability to collaborate with varying levels of authority and
- Work experience in a higher education environment is highly
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially
Excel and familiarity/knowledge of Access, ability to learn and use
new software systems.
- Familiarity/knowledge of PeopleSoft is a plus.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by October 14, 2022, for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name:
Boulder Campus Human Resources
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