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Iowa State University SPA Accountant in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:SPA Accountant

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:Experience in high workload environment Accounting Degree Experience with Microsoft Office including Excel, Access and Word

Job Description:

The Controller’s Department at Iowa State University is seeking qualified candidates for an Accountant I/II position within the department of Sponsored Programs Accounting. This position will manage the fiscal requirements of assigned contracts and grants. Responsibilities of this position include invoicing sponsors, follow-up and collection of delinquent A/R, filing fiscal reports and other reports by specified deadlines, monitoring accounts, documenting cost share, and reviewing new contracts and grants for applicable fiscal requirements. This position will also provide support to researchers and departmental administrative staff, including advising staff on applicable federal and state regulations and university policies; research various questions/issues and negotiate mutually acceptable solutions; and may also lead special projects.

The successful candidate will have exceptional oral and written communication skills, organizational and time management skills, and the ability to comprehend and explain legal documents and regulations. The successful candidate will also work well with others as a team member and a provider of customer service; and will have excellent presentation skills for training seminars given to ISU staff.

The Accountant II will provide excellent customer service by answering complex questions related sponsored programs based upon an overall understanding of federal regulations, ISU costing policy, and other relevant ISU policies. The successful candidate at this level will also have a good understanding of the cost allowability guidelines and administrative regulations included in the OMB Circulars 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Guidance) as well as the ability to interpret those guidelines as they relate to the federal sponsored awards; and the ability to read and understand terms and conditions incorporated into sponsored program agreements and identify those which may affect the financial administration of the award such as reporting requirements, unique cost allowability terms, equipment purchases and ownership.

This position will be hired at either the Accountant I or Accountant II level. The Accountant I required minimum qualifications are listed above.

Accountant II Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: April 7, 2021

Posting Close Date:April 21, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4634

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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