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Senior Research Accountant

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 12, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Senior Accountant is responsible for analyzing financial information and performing a variety of accounting duties associated with the timely and accurate preparation and reporting of sponsored project data, in accordance with applicable accounting, industry, regulatory and institutional principles and policies. The Senior Accountant will assist the Research Accounting Services Assistant Director with staff supervision.

Essential Functions
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal, state, local and private sponsor regulations and policies and routinely provide guidance to investigators and Departmental Administrators.
  • Monitor and reconcile facilities and administrative rate charges and fringe benefit charges on sponsored project funds
  • Review and approve cost transfers/journal entries submitted by the research community through the Journal Entry Workflow application.
  • Monitor budget variances and determine sponsor approval from terms and conditions of the award
  • Maintain the required financial record for each award
  • Communicate with internal and external contacts to ensure accuracy of post-award support for grant administration
  • Communicate with sponsors and subcontractors regarding contract and/or budget modifications
  • Operate as a functional liaison in support and to ensure accurate and timely processing of financial data with individual faculty, principal investigators, departmental administrators, and others integral to effective management of externally sponsored awards.
  • Completes other duties as required
Additional Manager Assigned Duties:
  • Reconcile sponsored project fund accounts as assigned
  • Enter transactions into the ledger accurately and timely
  • Analyze and audit transactions and fund account statements for accuracy
  • Respond to departmental inquires connected with budgets and expenditures
  • Assist the Research Accounting Services Assistant Director with supervision of Research Accountants
  • Assist with drafting of new sponsored project policies and procedures
  • Identify fund accounting corrections
  • Provide direction and training to other departmental and University staff on proper sponsored project accounting policies and procedures
  • Assist in preparing year-end and interim reports
  • Run daily reports and identify and discrepancies and take action to rectify them
  • Develop and present training sessions for the University community
  • Performs required research and analysis on special projects as assigned
  • Responsible for accurate and timely financial and statistical reporting
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 4 years experience in an accounting office or post-award accounting office
  • Thorough understanding of institutional, state, federal and Uniform Guidance under the Office of Management and Budget regulations
  • Experience with PCs and Microsoft Office 365 software, mainly Excel, Word, and Teams
  • Possess organizational and quantitative skills with close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks concurrently and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial information
  • Demonstrates proficiency with Banner Finance, COEUS Lite, COEUS Premium, NOLIJ, Hyperion, and Banner WebFinance
  • Demonstrates verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a non-profit (preferably college or university) setting
  • MBA/CPA preferred
  • Experience in Research Accounting, Post Award Management
  • Supervisory experience preferred
Physical Demands
  • Typically sitting at a desk/table.


Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of L. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure that you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants when a suitable candidate pool is identified.


Advertised:Nov 12 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Dec 12 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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