Accountant, Senior (Post-Award)
Tucson, AZ 
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Position Information

Title Accountant, Senior (Post-Award)
Department Senior VP Health Sciences (6801)
Location UAHS - Tucson
Position Summary

The Senior VP of Health Sciences Office is seeking candidates for Senior Accountant, Post-Award, an integral member of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (UAHS) Post Award Administration team.

This position will actively manage an assigned portfolio of accounts (federal and institutional) related to the All of Us Research Program funded by the National Institutes of Health. The selected candidate is expected to perform professional accounting activities in a complex, evolving and fast-paced environment and therefore must be flexible and adaptable. This position will work independently and requires expert knowledge and professional application of fund accounting principles, practices and techniques in accordance with the policies and procedures of the UA. Professional demeanor, customer service, and teamwork are required for this position while maintaining sensitivity with confidential information. The incumbent must have the ability to effectively assess and respond to customer needs and demonstrate skill in administrative team support.

This position will interact extensively with the University of Arizona Sponsored Projects Services, UA Financial Services Office, and UA Health Sciences (UAHS) activities and accounting systems. This position will report to the Senior Business Manager of the All of Us Research Program, and will closely collaborate with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, especially for expenditure tracking related to the institutional commitments and support.

Please note: this position is located at the University of Arizona Alvernon Administrative Offices at 655 N. Alvernon Way.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Reconcile and manage an assigned portfolio of grants, contracts and other funding sources, ensuring compliance with sponsor, UA and governmental policies and regulations.
  • Prepare/process financial transactions, including PCard, purchase requisitions, disbursement vouchers, interdepartmental billing forms, travel expense reports, etc.
  • Review, monitor and approve grant expenditures and ensure alignment with contract budget and scope of work and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, UA policies and procedures, and sponsor terms, conditions, and regulations.
  • Utilize UAccess systems to monitor grant account budgets, balances and account reconciliations, and provide explanations and recommendations for budget variances.
  • Prepare Salary Expense Transfers and General Error Corrections as necessary to move expenses to appropriate accounts or object codes.
  • Monitor grant and contract renewals or continuations and follow up with Principal Investigators (PI) as necessary.
  • Support PIs and UAHS Research Administration as necessary through grant lifecycle, assisting in development and submission of change requests for PI including scope of work, extensions or renewals, re-budgeting and close-out.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and projections for PI's, monitor account budgets, balances and account reconciliations, and meets with PI's programs on a regular basis.
  • Assist PIs in review and management of subaward agreements, invoices, renewals and modifications.
  • Calculate cost-share and review/approve effort reports as necessary.
  • Interact with external departments, central administration, PIs, research staff and administration to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve funding issues.
  • Maintain funding plans for assigned PIs and employees to ensure payment according to budgets and effort, update plan for roll over and all funds budgets.
  • Support the development and implementation of reports and tools to monitor sponsored accounts for budgeting, forecasting, and other functionality. Support Business Managers and others on complex transactions.
  • Provides technical guidance and services to other accounting and university staff involving complex issues or special projects.
  • Analyze, develop and document accounting and business procedures, practices and controls related to the overall office functions and tasks.
  • Maintain accounting document files.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in performing detailed numerical computations.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
  • Skill in the use of computer hardware and software.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting AND three (3) years of professional accounting experience; OR, Seven (7) years progressively responsible and diverse accounting experience and coursework which included at least three (3) years professional accounting in which a broad exposure to all areas of accounting and accounting principles, practices and procedures was acquired; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least three (3) years' experience in post-award accounting for federal research.
  • Extensive experience with UA policies and procedures, and systems: UAccess Analytics, Financials, Employee, Research.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $37,000 to $50,000, Annually, Depending on Experience
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S28025
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Office of Human Resources

Open Date 11/15/2019
Review Start Date 11/21/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

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At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Salary and Benefits
$37,000 to $50,000, Annually,
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 years
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