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Apply now Job no: 493682
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance


Financial Services, Office of Contract and Grant Accounting

Position Overview:

The Accountant will read, review and interpret award documents to ensure award setup is complete in PeopleSoft, and provide notification to campus units of award information. The Accountant will be responsible for maintaining good cash flow through proper invoicing/payment and timely financial reporting of assigned sponsored awards. Candidates with additional experience will be considered for the Senior Level Accountant title. 

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The Accountant is responsible for the overall post award financial coordination and management of assigned externally funded grants and contracts, including accounting, reporting and closeout functions. This position is responsible for assuring financial compliance with applicable federal, state and UMBC regulations. Coordinating with departmental and central unit personnel, the Accountant will be responsible for the financial closeout function of sponsored awards. The Accountant will participate in training and development involving a variety of sponsored post-award financial administration activities.

This position has a working knowledge of OCGA areas of responsibility and how central campus groups like the Office of Sponsored Programs and Financial Accounting & Reporting function in their relationship with OCGA.  

Candidates with additional experience will be considered for the Senior Level Accountant.  

Additional Duties for Senior Accountant:

The Senior Accountant performs at a high level and exhibits proficient knowledge associated with Office of Contract and Grant Accounting (OCGA) operations. The Senior Accountant will perform with independence and minimal supervisory oversite and may also assist Grant Accountants as needed.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Accounting, Business, Finance or a related field.
  • One year of experience with general accounting practices and procedures
  • Critical thinking skills and keen attention to detail
  • Advanced organizational skills demonstrated by the ability to prioritize tasks and work well under the pressure of deadlines
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills (e.g. Excel and Word, Microsoft Office, Adobe and other common office platforms and applications)
  • Must use good judgment and use discretion, and maintain confidentiality

Additional requirements Senior Level Accountant:

  • Two years of experience in Research Administration Accounting or related Financial Accounting 
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Experience in both Central and Departmental administration of Sponsored Research activities is preferred.
  • Basic working knowledge of federal regulations including Uniform Guidance and the FARs
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and resume.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Health Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 free credit hours per semester
  • Free tuition at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

Life and disability insurance
Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
Professional development opportunities
Wellness opportunities
& Much more

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 
Salary: Salary starts at $57,000 (Accountant) or $65,000 (Senior Level Accountant), commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

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