Grant Accountant

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 24003082

The University of Iowa is seeking a motivated individual for our Grant Accountant position. Join a team committed to career development and the important work of managing a subset of grants and contracts from various Non-Profits, Corporate and Governmental Agencies for the University of Iowa. This position monitors for compliance with the award sponsor’s terms, and University policies and procedures. It exercises a great deal of critical thinking and independent problem solving. It collaborates with various stakeholders across campus providing guidance and support to best practices. It is a great opportunity for someone who appreciates work/life balance, and the flexibility of working remotely, while still feeling connected to impactful work for the University of Iowa. Starting salary range of $45,000 to $50,000.

This position is eligible for primarily remote work but may require limited work onsite at times. This position is eligible for remote work within Iowa and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with the and .

Duties to Include:

  • With some guidance, manage a subset of grants and contracts from various non-profit, state of Iowa agencies, assuring compliance with Sponsoring agencies terms and conditions, as well as University policies and procedures. This may include oversight of responsibilities of other internal staff to verify that all aspects of an award are completed and handled appropriately.
  • Monitor account balances, identify concerns and work with appropriate departmental staff to resolve.
  • Prepare and submit basic and some complex financial and material reports and supporting documentation for the University and sponsor agencies.
  • Complete reconciliations with guidance in order to resolve discrepancies on sponsored awards.
  • Assist with basic training on policies, procedures, systems, and the management of externally sponsored awards.
  • May be required to verify your identity in sponsored systems.

Location: Remote

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

About the Controller’s Office:

The Controller’s Office, a division of Finance and Operations, is comprised of several departments that provide a wide range of business, accounting and reporting services on behalf of, and for, the university community. These services are essential for the University of Iowa to pursue its mission of teaching, research, and public service.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Accounting or financial experience (typically 6 months-1 year), to include account reconciliations, preparing financial reports, setting up, monitoring, and closing accounts
  • Knowledge of financial policy interpretation and application. i.e., auditing, grant accounting support, etc.
  • Ability to think critically and experience with independent problem-solving
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Experience gathering and organizing data from a variety of systems/sources to perform a task
  • Proficient with MS Excel

Desired Qualifications:

  • Accounting or financial experience (beyond 1 year), to include account reconciliations, preparing financial reports, setting up, monitoring, and closing accounts
  • Grant accounting experience
  • Fund accounting work experience
  • Experience with the University’s financial systems and knowledge of the University of Iowa Operations Manual


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and may be required to complete a credential/education verification.

Job ID: 98047

Posted 19 days ago

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