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Position open: Manager of Grants and Contracts Vicki Janson 04 Apr 2000 13:33 EST

Manager Grants/Contracts
Application Period: April 3 through April 28, 2000

Administers all external funding awarded to the University through
the expendable restricted fund. Responsible for managing the Grants
and Contracts department and establishing policies and procedures.
Oversees the preparation and submission of contractual agreements or
letters of acceptance between the University and sponsoring
agencies. Establishes procedures to analyze costs, prepare budgets,
manage cash flow and implement the project from award to closeout.
Assigns the program to the appropriate analyst. Trains staff in the
use of strong accounting and statistical procedures to monitor
expenditures, analyze and justify deviations and evaluate fiscal
aspects of the project after closeout.
Supervises the staff of the Grants and Contracts unit. Establishes
policy and procedure for the unit and provides on-going training for
subordinate positions. Responsible for development of the
institution's indirect cost proposal. Defines and assigns costs to
A-21 cost pools excluding unallowable costs and negotiating the
indirect cost rates for on- and
off-campus instruction, research and public service with the
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Cost
Allocation. Negotiates and defends the indirect cost proposal with
sponsor representatives and federal auditors. Manages the
preparation and distribution of financial reports to University
executives and external agencies. Analyzes requests for
information and develops, evaluates and modifies programs and
procedures to guide research activities. Coordinates all audit
activities, addressing questions and concerns raised by auditors.
Obtains requested information and creates reports. Meets with
Associate Deans for Research of each College to clarify roles and
expectations between this office, College
administrators and research faculty. Develops and defines fiscal
procedures to facilitate research while ensuring responsible
administration of funds. Provides analyses and advice to the
Research Policies Council and Research ad hoc committee to assist in
the development of sound fiscal procedures governing research
activities. Serves as a liaison between research areas and the
Accounting offices to assist in integrating research policies with
established business operations in the University. Responsible for
the preparation of monthly and year-end internal financial
statements for the expendable restricted fund. Responsible for
planning, developing, writing, coordinating and conducting a
comprehensive training and development program addressing post-award

Must have a master's degree in accounting or related field or
must possess/maintain a Certified Public Accountant license. Three
to five (3-5) years previous supervisory and fund accounting
experience is necessary, as is knowledge of the research funding and
award process. Extensive knowledge of external regulations,
including but not limited to OMB
Circular A-21, A-110 and A-133, Cost Accounting Standards, Federal
Demonstration Partnership policies and regulations, Code of Federal
Regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations and demonstrated
ability to interpret, explain and apply these regulations is
necessary. Excellent communication skills are needed. Knowledge of
financial management policies and procedures in higher education is
necessary. Experience with personal computers and computerized
accounting systems are required.

Fax or send or email cover letter and resume by April 28, 2000, to:
Betty McKain, Director of Research Finance and Operations, Office of
the Vice President for Research, , Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008. FAX: 616/387-8276.

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