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Sponsored Programs Financial Compliance Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services (OVPR SPS), invites applications for multiple positions for the role of Sponsored Programs Financial Compliance Specialist (open rank, Program Specialist 1 or 2, UCP 6 or 7), to join our growing sponsored research administration Team!

Under the direction of designated supervisor in Sponsored Program Services, the Financial Compliance Specialist will perform internal reviews for financial compliance with sponsor requirements and conduct other accounting functions in coordination with fiscal, administrative and grant staff in the conduct and management of sponsored projects.


  1. Evaluates appropriateness of expenditures for a variety of sponsored project accounts, in accordance with all applicable grant or contract terms and conditions, University policy, laws and regulations and with sound accounting practices.
  2. Participates in the review of processes and policies and makes and assists with implementation of any changes to better meet terms and conditions of sponsored projects.
  3. Monitors ongoing sponsored project account activity to assure fiscal transactions are in compliance with proper accounting procedures, applicable laws and regulations.
  4. Performs analyses and identifies problematic trends with expenditures or obligations; determines most suitable sponsored research and other accounting procedures for particular accounts; writes appropriate guidelines and resolves associated problems.
  5. Independently prepares narrative and financial and business needs reports and analyses to support sponsored project financial compliance reviews, recommendations and sound decision-making.
  6. Develops cost analyses for use in administrative decision-making, with responsibility for accuracy of specific sections in financial statements, and proper application of accounting principles and decisions regarding classification of entries.
  7. Serves as a resource to departments and University staff in guiding compliance and interpreting sponsored project policies, regulations and statutes.
  8. Monitors sponsored research awards, contracts, orders, vouchers etc., and ensures documentation to substantiate individual transactions.
  9. Supervises the establishment and maintenance of sponsored project accounting records to assure accuracy and control of research related expenditures.
  10. May prepare, interpret or review sections of balance sheets and other financial statement information to reflect condition of accounts for specified accounting periods; or reconcile records and accounts.
  11. Assists SPS Team(s) as assigned or needed with the financial management and review of sponsored projects.
  12. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting and 2 to 4 years progressively responsible accounting, audit, financial compliance, or related experience.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of sound accounting practices and principles.
  3. Ability to work independently and resolve complex accounting/financial problems.
  4. Ability to write comprehensive reports and communicate effectively with a wide variety of university, government and financial/accounting officials and the public.
  5. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and troubleshoot problems.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty members and staff in a diverse work environment.
  7. Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  8. Intermediate to advanced Excel skills.

Additional Minimum Qualifications to be considered for Sponsored Programs Financial Compliance Specialist 2 (Program Specialist 2), UCP 7 Level:

  1. Master’s degree in accounting or 4 or more years’ accounting experience, which includes direct experience performing compliance reviews/forensic accounting responsibilities.
  2. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills.


For Both Levels:

  1. Experience working with state, federal or publicly funded projects.
  2. Experience with Kuali Financial System (KFS) or PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM).
  3. Knowledge of SQL or other reporting tool for running queries and analyzing data.
  4. CPA.


This is a 35-hour per week, full-time, 12-month permanent position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at the University of Connecticut (outlined here:  https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/). 


Applications must be submitted online via UConn Jobs (https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/), Staff Positions, Search #494077. Please submit a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.  Inquiries may be addressed to Laurie Pudlo, Administrative Manager, at laurie.pudlo@uconn.edu.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #494077)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 31, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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