The Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) is located within the Office of the Controller. GCAS is responsible for sound financial management of sponsored projects.
GCAS prepares, submits, and negotiates the university's indirect cost and fringe benefit rates with the federal government and has the primary responsibility for establishing policies and procedures that will ensure compliance with government regulations. Additionally, GCAS is responsible for: the preparation and filing of financial reports, the issuance of invoices, the review of new awards and award modifications, the draw of government funding under Letters of Credit, and the collection effort on behalf of the research community to ensure that payment is received. GCAS also completes a Risk Assessment review on all potential GW subrecipients.
This senior position works with internal and external stakeholders across GW to improve processes, mitigate risks, and remediate vulnerabilities related to compliance.
This position typically implements appropriate remediation plans with university stakeholders and identifies gaps within compliance.
This position partners with key institutional stakeholders to manage institutional compliance activities, to include developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures to ensure university-wide compliance.
The position facilitates training programs to support compliance and the training of other compliance associates.
The Compliance & Audit Manager, GCAS reports to the Associate Director, Strategy & Implementation, and performs the duties of this position under limited supervision. This position provides management and oversight of financial issues, controls and regulations for the Universities sponsored projects. Serves as a liaison between the work area, other University offices and the auditors to explain and/or resolve complex financial and accounting matters, compliance issues and manage the Single Audit and sponsor audits.
Monitor websites and circulars, including OMB, GAAP, FAR, COGR, etc for updates on the research community and regulation changes.
Maintain awareness of major regulatory changes affecting assigned business(es); ensure appropriate communication and development of appropriate policy/procedure changes to remain compliant. Communicate information via monthly or quarterly white papers on relevant changes to GCAS, Comptroller and other key stakeholders. Work to implement changes to the current policies and procedures relating to changes in the regulatory environment.
Provide expertise, analysis and recommendations to GW Finance and GW research community related to sponsored projects compliance and on complex financial questions. Work to design and implement changes to the business policies and procedures as appropriate.
Manage the subrecipient risk assessment approval process. Responsibilities include reviewing risk assessments for potential subrecipients based on financial and other organizational information, developing monitoring plans based on risk level, coordinating annual review of sub-recipients and communicate changes as needed. Analysis and reporting of subrecipient data and other metrics.
Administer all aspects of the annual Single Audit for sponsored projects. Serve as the liaison between GW and the external audit firm (Grant Thornton) during on-site audit activities. Manage and coordinate all single sponsor audits, desk reviews, risk assessments from the Internal Auditors and work on Corrective Action Plans.
Develop and deliver training for GW Finance staff and management directors as related to Sponsored Projects and potential impacts on financial systems throughout the University.
Ensure compliance monitoring and internal controls are in place, including processes for management of operational risk, in accordance with Company and regulatory standards.
Assist management in identifying and containing compliance risk, compliance monitoring and fostering a compliance culture. Work with management in the development and enhancement of products to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; coordinate development and maintenance of supporting policies, procedures, agreements and contracts. Serve as liaison for assigned businesses to foster good working relationships with internal audit and regulatory agencies affecting assigned business(es).
Attends meetings to provide and receive feedback on issues that impact accounting and financial transactions for the work area, or a group of work areas. Enhances professional knowledge/skills by attending seminars/workshops and reviewing published literature. Recommends and/or arrange for in-service and/or external training to ensure that other staff knowledge/skills are enhanced related to accounting and financial transactions.
Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Prefer five years professional experience analyzing, controlling, and maintaining accounting and financial information, to include preparing complex financial reports, performing financial forecasting and analysis, conducting audits, recommending new or improved methods of controlling, maintaining and reporting accounting and financial information, and recommending and administering new and/or improved policies and procedures is necessary.
Experience in University Research programs is desirable.
Prefer MBA, significant graduate coursework in accounting, audit knowledge or certification, as a Public Accountant is desirable.
Typical Hiring Range $73330 - $100789 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?
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