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Contract & Grants Accounting Officer

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Job Description:

Contract & Grants Accounting Officer

Job Category:



Office of Research

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will being on 11/04/19 and continue until the position has been filled


$61,000 - $71,000


DCC - Downtown Campus Center

Background check:

Background check is required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

Under the general direction of the Contracts and Grants Accounting (CGA) Supervisor the Contract and Grant Accounting Officer (CGAO) is responsible for providing Post award management services to University of CA Merced Research community which consist; of Principal Investigators (PIs), Pre and Post award Research Administrators, Contracts and Grants Officers within the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) and other university stakeholders. The incumbent uses skills as an experienced research administrator to independently provide oversight on extramural awards, and transactions related to contract and grant management, and maintains contract and grant records in compliance with system-wide research administrative and sponsor policies.

Key Responsibilities:
- Award set-up, invoicing, drawdowns from federal payment management service portal, collaboration with RAs on completion of monthly reconciliation, processing of adjustment transactions, management of professional relationships with campus stakeholders and sponsors to achieve established goals.
- In collaboration with post award research administrators the CGAO manages awards of diverse scope requiring financial analysis and understanding of complex regulations.
- Completes and routes transactions for signature by manager or other authorized institutional official.
- Works on complex awards that may involve multiple investigators and / or multiple sub awards.
- Guides less experienced staff through coaching and mentoring.


- Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years of related experience or 7 years of equivalent experience / training.

- Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

- Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.

- Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.

- Ability to manage significant volume of transactions.

- Ability to perform complex financial analysis and customized reporting.

- Ability to maintain independent judgment; strong organization and communication skills; and a customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas.

- Demonstrated knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Demonstrated competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports, preferred.

- Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration. Familiarity with SOX, OMB's Uniform Guidance, 2-CFR-200 and A-133 Auditing requirements.

- Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.

- Strong writing skills in a variety of styles to draft persuasive text for a variety of audiences while ensuring adherence to funding sponsor guidelines.

To Apply:

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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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