Research Accounting Specialist

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Research Accounting Specialist - (20003230)



The Research Accounting Specialist will be responsible for managing the Effort Reporting System and educating the sponsored research community on post award management as it relates to time and effort on grants and/or contracts. The Research Accounting Specialist is familiar with the accounting payroll system and manages allocation of time and effort for payroll distribution on all grants and contracts.  The Specialist will proactively meet with the AVP, director and assistant director and staff for updates and analyst of grant/contract efforts on awards. The position will assist faculty, Principal Investigators (PI’s), business managers and administrators with financial and general administration of sponsored awards, with a focus on customer service. Will also advise, educate, and counsel faculty, Principal Investigators (PI’s), business managers and administrators on research compliance; budgetary issues (salary equipment, cost sharing, tuition); and the Effort Reporting System (ERS). This position is knowledgeable of University policies, procedures, practices and standards.


The Research Accounting Specialist will provide oversight and have authority to approve and process transactions related to sponsored projects. Other projects include assistance with the annual Uniform Guidance audit report, sub-recipient monitoring, and ERS system upgrades. Perform other duties assigned.


Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in sponsored research or related field. An equivalent combination of education and or experience may be considered.


Required Skills & Abilities:

*Demonstrated organizational skills and an ability to set priorities and manage several projects at once with a minimum of supervision.

*Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

*Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, including diverse groups if faculty and staff.

*Must have practiced understanding of research compliance issues.

*Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Windows software (Office, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).

*Demonstrated proficiency with Banner Finance and HR, Cognos Reporting, Era proposal management system and Maximus Effort Reporting Systems (ERS).


*Prior experience with Federal funding sources (NIH, DOD, and NSF and OMB Uniform Guidance).

*Experience using ERP systems and reporting tools such as Banner Finance and Cognos.


Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.


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Primary Location
: Location INSIDE of PA
: Staff
: Full-time
: Day Job
Employee Status
: Regular
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