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Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 02/12/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 03/27/2018
Working Title Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting
Job Classification Administrator V
Department Name 02020-Office of the Controller
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135715
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting. This position reports to the University Controller. The incumbent must possess knowledge of the sponsored projects regulatory environment, including the OMB’s Uniform Guidance, NIH Grants Policy Statement, and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Knowledge and experience with automated general ledger applications are required.

The position manages a staff of 17 professionals, including all hiring and staff development. The incumbent must possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and must be able to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Striving for continuous process improvement is critical. The candidate must have outstanding problem-solving skills and be able to interact with all levels of staff and management throughout the University, including department administrators, faculty, senior management, general counsel, and Internal Audit.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 10+ years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

A minimum of 10 years of experience in a sponsored projects accounting/administration environment is preferred, along with at least 5 years in a management role.

Required Licenses/Certifications

CPA certification and/or an MBA is preferable. These requirements are preferred due to the highly complex nature of accounting for sponsored project awards and the specialized knowledge necessary to understand and interpret federal, state, and local cost compliance regulations.

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter