Financial Services Specialist I

Fairfax, VA, VA
Jun 15, 2018
Sep 05, 2018
Full Time

Job Category : Classified Staff

Working hours :

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience.

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Financial Services Specialist

The George Mason University College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) seeks applicants for the position of Financial Services Specialist, with a focus on grants administration. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the university’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

This position will focus on pre- and post-award grants administration and reconciliation for the Division of Advanced Professional Teacher Development & International Education (APTDIE) and the associated Centers within the Division. Duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting with the preparation of proposal packages and post-award project management tasks, processing of financial and human resources transactions, and the reconciliation of grant funds and PI indirect funds. However, this position is also responsible for overseeing the overall budgeting and financial services of a complex academic division. In that role the Financial Services Specialist will work closely with the division’s part-time finance specialist, assisting with purchasing, reconciliation, billing and hiring actions outside the domain of grant-supported projects to carry out the mission of the unit. The position reports to the Division Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Post-Award Support Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the Financial Services Specialist will be to provide accurate, timely and professional post-award support services to faculty and staff in APTDIE. The position will be expected to process requests for grant-funded purchases, consultant agreements, hotel and catering arrangements, service agreements, travel requests, honorariums, participant support stipends, wire transfers, research subject payments, tuition waivers, and journal vouchers; prepare job offer letters for wage employees and funding change forms for labor distribution changes; enter EPAFs in Banner; and maintain personnel and financial spreadsheets and records. Another focus of this position is reconciliation of monthly expenditures for all grants and PI indirect funds to ensure all personnel and direct expenditure charges are correct, and that all required source documentation and approvals are on file. The incumbent will also assist with post-award project management tasks and attend post-award meetings with the CEHD research administration team.

Pre-Award Support Responsibilities: This position will also assist with pre-award and proposal tasks for APTDIE. The range of services includes assisting new and established Principal Investigators in understanding sponsored project requirements; university/agency fiscal policies and procedures; and the review of RFP, application and solicitation requirements. The incumbent will also assist Principal Investigators and the CEHD Senior Research Administrator with the development of proposal budgets; collection of required sub-award proposal documentation (e.g., budgets, budget justifications, scope of work) and commitment letters from partners and consultants; completion of required checklists; preparation of cost accounting exemption waiver documents and cost share requests; and any other supplementary sponsor/agency-specific proposal documentation needed for the accurate and timely submission of proposals.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent amount of education and experience working in fiscal services and/or grants administration;
  • Strong understanding of proposal guidelines and business practices, generally accepted accounting principles and cost accounting standards, and federal 2 CFR 200 uniform guidance;
  • Ability to effectively interpret federal, state, university and sponsor-specific guidelines, policies and procedures;
  • Must be self-motivated, highly organized, possess strong time management skills in order to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, and have the ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multitask; and
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting are essential in this position. Preferred qualifications:
  • GMU Research Administrator Certificate or formal certification in research administration (Certified Research Administrator, Certified Financial Research Administrator, or Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator).

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02687z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and 130 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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