Montclair State University

  • Director of Grants Accounting

    Job Locations US-NJ-Montclair
    Posted Date 7 months ago(3/23/2018 3:56 PM)
    # of Openings
    Finance and Treasury
  • Overview

    Montclair State University is seeking a Director of Grant Accounting to join a collegial management team in the Office of Finance & Treasury. This is an excellent leadership opportunity for someone who has supervised 3 or 4 staff members, managed a portfolio of grants and is now ready to take the next step. We work collaboratively, enjoy what we do and have opportunities to develop throughout our careers. The Director of Grant Accounting position offers an excellent opportunity to join MSU to lead transformative efforts and oversee key sponsored projects’ accounting functions. The position will report into the Controller’s Department, but works closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.



    Providing the highest level of financial stewardship of College resources, this position is responsible for managing grant-related financial information and generating analyses and reports for internal and external funding sources and other stakeholders regarding private grants and sponsored research activities, including matters of compliance. The Director serves as advisor and partner meeting regularly to provide project status updates with principal investigators, project directors, and other grant-holders, including other grants office personnel, in matters of grants administration and fiscal compliance. Throughout, the Director of Grant Accounting will help to ensure that appropriate controls are in place to necessitate internal and external deliverables and as regulations require.



    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
    • 7 years of post-award administration of federal and state grants and contracts.
    • At least 4 years as a senior grant accountant or manager.
    • A minimum of 3 years supervising at least 3-4 staff members.
    • Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance.
    • F&A rate proposal preparation and negotiations using both short and long forms.
    • Excellent customer service.
    • Demonstrated analytical, organizational and communication skills.
    • Ability to use good judgment and interact effectively with various levels of administration.
    • Demonstrate ability to understand, interpret, communicate and apply relevant research laws and regulations, particularly with regard to Federal administrative, fiscal and programmatic issues.
    • Experience making independent judgments and decisions.
    • Able to work in demanding/fast paced environment.
    • Intermediate technical skillsets in Excel, Microsoft Word and system generation of reports.
    • Strong project Management skills are essential.


    • Major in accounting or finance.
    • Ten years of relevant professional experience.
    • Knowledge of NSF grants policies, federal draw systems, and
    • Membership in the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) or the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA).
    • Expertise in working within a multi-faceted integrated Finance/Human Resource/Student Systems.
    • Knowledge of cost sharing/matching and billing plans.
    • Ability to leverage reporting tools in the integrated system environment.
    • In-depth knowledge of restricted / grant funds accounting and reporting principles, including but not limited to: billing and revenue recognition; federal sponsored award regulations; costing issues, such as matching/cost share; cost transfers; service centers and effort reporting.
    • Demonstration of ability to manage numerous workflows simultaneously.


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