Job Title Research Accountant II
Department Research and Cost Accounting
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S20293
Open Date 12/10/2019
Close Date 12/24/2019
$51,600 – $68,400
Monday through Friday, standard office work schedule.
Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Research Accounting is responsible for post-award administration of over 160 million dollars in externally funded grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The research accountant II position is responsible for the post award administration of various granting agencies. The position includes all aspects of the grant process, including: award review, grant set up, the monitoring of expenditures to ensure compliance with sponsor and institutional policies, invoicing, drawing down funds, reconciliations, reporting, and closeout. In addition, this position serves as a liaison between the principal investigator, the departmental administrators and the sponsoring agencies. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of contract and grant procedures, the ability to apply accounting practices, strong customer service skills, and the ability to work independently.
Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Business administration, accounting, finance, or related field.
Substitution for Education Requirement May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.
Experience Required 3 years
Type of Experience
Professional accounting experience.
Substitution for Experience Requirement May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
- Five years of professional accounting experience
- Experience as an accountant in a university or nonprofit environment
- Experience in research accounting or Federal contract administration
- Strong knowledge of contract and grant procedures and ability to apply the accounting practices
- Advanced knowledge of accounting principles, concepts, and analysis of accounting transactions
- Experienced with Uniform Guidance, Cost Accounting Standard (CAS), GAAP
- Strong working knowledge of Excel
- Ability to independently diagnose and solve problems using sound judgment and decision-making abilities
- Skilled to independently analyze accounting transactions and ability to reconcile financial information
- Strong customer service skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with different process partners
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Familiar with Access and PowerPoint
Internal / External Contacts
There is regular contact with faculty principal investigators, research personnel, department administrators, the Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and the Office of Technology Transfer. Additionally, the incumbent will have contact with internal auditors, and other university staff, including administrative computing.
There is contact with government personnel and auditors, as well as other external auditors.
Required to work at a computer for extended periods (up to eight hours per day).
- Office environment
- May be required to work extended hours during peak periods and to meet deadlines
Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.
Rice University Standard of Civility
Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.
As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.