Grants Accountant or Senior Grants Accountant

Drake University

Accounting, Finance, Education-Teaching/Admin | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 4/25/24

Job Description

Title: Grants Accountant or Senior Grants Accountant - 998695

Position Number: 998695

Unit/Department: Sponsored Programs Administration & Research Compliance

FTE: Full-time

Department Summary:

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration & Research Compliance (SPARC) provides Drake University's faculty, staff and students with comprehensive guidance and support in their pursuit and conduct of research and scholarly activities.

SPARC works collaboratively with the research community to assist them in advancing Drake's mission of teaching, research and scholarship and provides them with the highest quality customer service and technical expertise.

SPARC provides assistance in five primary areas: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Research Compliance, Technology Transfer, and Training.

To learn more about SPARC, visit:

Job Summary:

SPARC is excited to launch this search. We are looking for a versatile person who is interesting in helping us expand the work that we do. We are interested in candidates from across the career trajectory—early career, mid career, late career—if this position piques your interest, please apply!

We will determine the most suitable job title for the selected candidate—Grants Accountant or Senior Grants Accountant—based on their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Generally, the selected candidate will read, review, and interpret award documents to ensure award setup is complete, and provides notification to campus units of award information. The position is responsible for maintaining good cash flow through proper invoicing/payment and timely financial reporting of assigned sponsored awards. For the grants assigned to this position, the selected candidate will also be responsible for a variety of post-award administrative activities and also the financial closeout of sponsored awards.

We would love someone who also has an interested in pre-award work—looking for grant opportunities, assisting with the grant-writing process. Whoever we hire, we will want someone who can work alongside and collaborate with the rest of the SPARC team, including the Director, to whom they would report, and the existing Grants Accountant, Senior Grants Specialist, SPARC's partners across the Drake University campus, and numerous granting agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to provide a high level of customer service and establish and maintain effective interdepartmental communications and relationships
• Ability to manage numerous simultaneous projects

Preferred Qualifications:

• Degree in Finance or Accounting
• CPA or CMA Licensure
• Experience working in higher education
• Experience working with foundations and/or federal granting agencies
• Experience with (or an interest in) grant research and grant writing

Job Duties:

25% - Responsible for all post-award financial administration of grants and contracts. Maintains a working knowledge of ever-changing government cost principals and administrative regulations for grants, assuring compliance and accountability with federal, state, and private grant regulations and policies of Drake University. - (Essential)

15% - Consults with Principal Investigators on post-award issues such as applicable regulations, equipment purchases, subcontract administration, extensions, re-budgeting, Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs, and cost share requirements. - (Essential)

15% - Reviews all contracts, awards, budgets, and agreements for grants. Supports pre-award grant research and grant writing. - (Essential)

10% - Ensures that all financial reports are prepared and submitted to management and governmental (sponsoring) agencies as required, including external invoicing, cash draws, A-133 Audit Schedules, 269 Quarterly Reports, and 272 Reports. - (Essential)

10% - Collaborates and partners with the other Grants Accountant on training and compliance. - (Essential)

5% - Trains current and prospective Principal Investigators and/or their staff in post-award grant procedures and Federal, State and Private Granting regulations. - (Essential)

5% - Establishes Banner general ledger numbers and budgets. Monitors all post-award expenses and income, including in-kind/match, personnel, and equipment inventory. - (Essential)

5% - Monitors all subgrant contracts, performing financial audits of subgrantees when necessary. - (Essential)

5% - Calculates F&A (indirect) cost rate and Benefits Rate for submission to the federal government. - (Essential)

5% - Provides oversight to ensure compliance with time and effort reporting. Performs other duties, as assigned. - (Essential)

Salary & Benefits

The salary for these positions is competitive with peer schools and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide: Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024).

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs here: Tuition Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be asked to complete the online application through Drake's job board and provide: a resume/cv, a cover, and contact information for three references.

Have Questions?

Question about the application process, working at Drake, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about Drake or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources. You can best reach us at

All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

Review of Applications Begins:

A review of applications will immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Deadline to Apply 5/28/24


2507 University Avenue

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 5/28/24

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