Senior Director, Sponsored Projects Financial Operations - Division of Financial Affairs

Washington D.C.
Feb 08, 2017
May 01, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Senior Director, Sponsored Projects Financial Operations - Division of Financial Affairs

The Senior Director provides vital leadership, program management and communications support to Strategic Sourcing, Contracts, Accounts Payable, and Capital Contracts, ensuring that Georgetown's strategic cost reduction and supply chain management goals are met.  S/he improves opportunities across functional boundaries between organizations within Financial Affairs, or across functional boundaries between Financial Affairs and other stakeholder organizations, or both. Reporting directly to the Chief Accounting Officer, the Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Supports the tactical, strategic and operational objectives of Financial Affairs with regard to externally funded projects and directs the day-to-day operations and resources of the Offices of Cost Analysis and Compliance (CAC) and Sponsored Accounting (SAO). 
  • Provides expert and efficient guidance with regard to financial operations of sponsored projects to university management and to the managers and staff of CAC and SAO to ensure that operational responsibilities are fulfilled, policies are enforced, and customer service goals are reached. 
  • Works with principal investigators and department financial managers on training and compliance testing to ensure the strength of the financial compliance environment at the university. 
  • Works closely with university resources on improving the functionality of the university's Financial System (GMS) used for managing externally funded projects. 
  • Manages the preparation and submissions of the yearly fringe benefit rate proposal, as well as the preparation, submissions, and maintenance of the costing model used for the Facilities and Administrative rate proposal.

Sponsored Accounting

  • Regularly monitors activity and coordinates with pre-award departments, financial offices, departmental administrators, and principal investigators.
  • Assists in the training of those involved in sponsored activities.

Cost Analysis and Compliance

  • Manages the development and maintenance of financial models and systems required for preparing and submitting an indirect cost proposal and fringe benefit proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Directs and develops the federally required Cost Accounting Disclosure Statement and maintains and updates the document as needed or required. 
  • Assures the analysis of university financial and budgetary data and the development of the financial models for trend analysis, survey requirements, and for internal and/or external studies.
  • Manages risk based audits of sponsored transactions and subaward agreements to review for financial compliance. 
  • Manages the training participation of those involved in sponsored activities to reinforce compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and requirements.

Cash Management and Collection (CMC)

  • Directs the maintenance of an effective cash management system to ensure the payment of obligations and the collection of funds; the reporting of cash receipts to Federal sponsors; and assurance that cash payments received from sponsors are accurately accounted for and proper documentation is maintained within the university's financial records.
  • Assures that CMC acts as a resource for the SAO financial analysts, providing information on cash receipts from sponsors and to help ensure that operational responsibilities are fulfilled, policies are enforced and customer service goals are reached.


  • Master's degree or CPA required
  • 7 to 9 years of experience managing cost accounting or sponsored accounting - preference for that experience in university or hospital setting with a medical research facility
  • Knowledge of federal agency, external sponsor, and Uniform Guidance audits 
  • Knowledge of complex accounting systems
  • Proven experience with managing staff

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