Assistant Controller - Research and Cost Accounting

Rice University - Houston, TX4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $100,000 a year
EducationSkills
Position Information
Job Title Assistant Controller - Research and Cost Accounting
Department Controller's Office
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S19310
Open Date 12/06/2018
Close Date
Salary Information
Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, regular business hours.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary
Elevating Rice’s research achievement and reputation is a key goal of Rice’s strategic plan, Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (https://v2c2.rice.edu/). The Assistant Controller for Research and Cost Accounting leads and directs the office that is responsible for the administration of the post-award functions for over $165 million in sponsored research programs. Those funds come, in large part, from seven federal agencies, several state agencies and multiple foundations and corporate sponsors.

Reporting to the Controller, the Assistant Controller manages a staff of 16 who are responsible for the accounting, financial reporting and post-award administration of sponsored projects and the preparation of cost studies, including the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Study, Fringe Benefit Rate Study, and Cost Accounting Standards Disclosure Statement (DS-2). S/he is responsible for fostering an environment which promotes innovative and sound business policies and practices that balance controls, compliance and customer service. The Assistant Controller leads an accounting function that includes oversight of the efforts of managers; development of those in leadership positions and in the leadership pipeline; making hiring decisions; providing coaching and mentoring; managing performance; determining staffing needs; and developing and ensuring succession planning.

This position is a very visible position working with all areas of the University including, but not limited to, Deans and Department Chairs, Principal Investigators (PIs), department and research administrators, the Vice Provost for Research, the Vice President for Finance, the Office of Tech Transfer, and all areas of the Controller’s office. This position also interacts frequently with contacts from various funding organizations (e.g. federal, foundation and corporate).

This search is being managed by Opus Partners.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Major/Discipline
Substitution for Education Requirement
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred
Experience Required 8 years
Type of Experience
  • Related experience in research administration and/or accounting, including at least three years in a leadership role and experience working with multiple federal funding sources
  • Experience serving as a key advisor to university leaders, faculty and staff in the area of research accounting as well as participation in the development of strategic and long-term plans and recommendations of new and updated policies and procedures.
  • Participated in an annual audit in accordance with the OMB Uniform Guidance and other special audits and overseen the preparation of a university’s Facilities and Administrative Cost Study and the annual Fringe Benefit Rate Study as well as reviewed sponsored program expenditures for compliance with university policy and governmental costing principles.
Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred
University or not-for-profit research institute accounting experience.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
  • Certified Research Administrator
  • Certified Public Accountant
Skills Required
  • Strong analytical and decision making abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to balance controls and compliance
  • Ability to maintain focus and successfully execute against plans
  • Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, maintain, and communicate accurate reporting of financial information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a group of professionals
  • Strong knowledge of tools including Excel, Tableau and/or Argos
  • The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization, manage and prioritize multiple projects/tasks simultaneously, and create verbal and written reports
Skills Preferred
  • Demonstrated ability in change management
  • Report writing skills (Tableau and/or Argos)
  • Understanding of government costs principles and their application to University sponsored programs
  • Experience in negotiating rate agreements
Internal / External Contacts
This position is a very visible position working with all areas of the University including, but not limited to, Deans and Department Chairs, Principal Investigators (PIs), Postdoctoral students, department and research assistants, the Vice Provost for Research, the Vice President for Finance, the Office of Tech Transfer and all areas of the Controller’s office. This position also interacts frequently with contacts from various funding organizations.

Physical Demands
Office environment

Working Conditions
Must be a hands-on analytical person willing to get involved in the day-to-day operations. Meeting deadlines will require work in excess of 40 hours/weeks during portions of the year. Some travel required to attend professional meetings and conferences.

Security Sensitive Yes