Director, Sponsored Prog Acct

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

The Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting is responsible for leading the Sponsored Programs Accounting Office within the Controller and Treasurer’s Office. The position also assists Business Managers, Accountants and other fiscal personnel at the university.

Salary Grade:  18

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:

1. Responsible for coordinating the preparation of the annual Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards, Schedule VII – Restricted funds for the university financial statements, National Science Foundation HERD Survey, and other reports related to restricted funds as needed.
2. Responsible lead for the annual Single Audit for the university.
3. Responsible for assisting PIs and their respective fiscal staff with sponsoring agency audits, desk reviews, site visits and other compliance engagements.
4. Responsible for enhancing and/or developing procedures and practices to implement university policy, management decisions, and applicable guidance related to post-award Research Administration.
5. Responsible for ensuring the university is adhering to sponsor regulations to include:
A. Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200 of Federal Register)
B. State Regulations
C. Private Industries
D. International companies and universities
6. Responsible for monthly indirect cost calculation/distributions posting.
7. Responsible for the development and implementation of system enhancements to continue to provide efficient and effective reporting and to enhance ongoing compliance efforts.
8. Responsible for collaborating with the Office of Sponsored Projects, ORED, Internal Audit, sponsoring agencies, state and federal auditors and colleagues at other universities to assist PIs and their respective fiscal staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of each restricted project and the overall research enterprise for the university.
9. Responsible for overall management of the Sponsored Programs Accounting office to include assignment of duties and responsibilities. Areas of responsibility include day to day operational duties, business process improvement efforts, compliance efforts, and outreach and training initiatives.
10. Responsible for the office budget commitments and expenditures.
11. Direct report for manager for Sponsored Programs Accounting and Sr. Cost Accountant.
12. Perform other related duties as assigned.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree Accounting or Business
2. Ten years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
2. Experience working in Banner software application
3. Direct experience with Grants and Contracts Accounting
4. Advanced degree (E.g., MBA) and/or professional certification (E.g., CRA, CFRA, CPA)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Well-developed interpersonal and customer service skills.
2. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
3. Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
4. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
5. Working knowledge of Crystal Reports.
6. Independent self-starter with strong work ethic.
7. Experience in work settings requiring teamwork and high-volume assignments.
8. Willingness to embrace new technology and adapt to new rules and regulations in ever evolving area of sponsored programs.
9. Ability to manage priorities and meet multiple daily deadlines.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Office Environment

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Submit application, cover letter, and resume online at


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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