Sponsored Program Accountant

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 450201 - Sponsored Program Accounting
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Responsible for providing general accounting support to the Sponsored Programs Accounting section of the Controller’s office.

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Sponsored Programs Accounting is primarily responsible for managing the restricted funds of Mississippi State University. This includes calculating and posting overhead, invoicing the appropriate agencies, monitoring timely receipt of the funds, and preparing financial reports for external agencies. Additionally, our office coordinates the time and effort reporting cycle, processes cost transfers, performs non-sufficient fund checking on restricted funds and continuously monitors accounts for compliance purposes. It is our goal to provide friendly, efficient service to all users of the sponsored programs accounting system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

1. Monitor project expenditures for adherence to contract/grant term conditions and compliance with Federal/State regulations.
2. Prepare financial reports and invoicing documents as required.
3. Assist with development and implementation of sponsored program accounting system enhancements.
4. Offer guidance and support to various users of the sponsored programs accounting system to include Deans, Department Heads, principal investigators, departmental Budget/Business Managers, etc.
5. Prepare monthly indirect cost distributions for indirect costs recovered on sponsored projects.
6. Prepare letter of credit draws for sponsored projects as assigned.
7. Prepare accounting entries for recording to general ledger as necessary.
8. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field.

Experience: Two (2) years of comparable experience.


An equivalent combination of related education and related experience may be considered for this position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge and experience with personal computers.
2. Ability to work in an environment requiring high volume assignments.
3. Ability to manage priorities and meet multiple daily deadlines.
4. Knowledge of federal contracting regulations and accounting experience.
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and majority of work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
2. Externally imposed deadlines, set or revised on short notice, frequent shifts in priority, numerous interruptions requiring immediate attention, unusual pressure on a daily basis due to accountability for success for major projects or areas of operation.
3. Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, and hearing.
4. Job occasionally requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 25 pounds.
5. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online. Please include resume and cover letter.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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