Job Information

University of Utah Grants Officer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/27/2022

Requisition Number PRN30356B

Job Title Grants Accounting Officer

Working Title Grants Officer

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5 with some flexibility (40 hours, 5 days a week)

VP Area President

Department 00359 - Grants & Contracts Accounting

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $39,300 - $64,349 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The department of Grants & Contracts Accounting is looking for a curious detail oriented person to become a team member in support of the research mission at the University of Utah. This position provides post award central administrative guidance to University faculty and staff while interacting with outside entities in regard to the financial matters of sponsored institutional research projects. Along with a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Utah offers an excellent benefits package .


1. Prepares, reviews, and finalizes complex financial reports and invoices for submission to sponsoring entities, at an institutional level.

2. Analyzes awards for the creation of projects and associated attributes within the University’s financial system.

3. Provides expert advice, guidance, and training to university departments regarding sponsored awards and appropriate administrative processes.

4. Enforces compliance and ensures consistency with federal and state regulations, University policies and practices, research compliance restrictions and guidelines, financial and academic requirements, close-out practices, and agency policies and procedures.

5. Collects and prepares all relevant financial information for award close-out.

6. May provide information for audits.

7. Assists in solving financial problems related to the administration of awards.

8. Reviews, interprets, and implements sponsoring agency rules and processes corrections to financial statements.

9. Reviews receivables and pursues collection of problem receivables.

10. Manages various databases and maintains data integrity.

11. Communicates and resolves issues with appropriate funding agencies.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, a related field AND two years related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ability to work independently, effectively, and efficiently under pressure and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills are also required.


1. Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field is preferred.

2. A thorough understanding of the rules and regulations associated with federal, state and private

grants and contracts in a university environment is strongly preferred.

3. Experience in higher education or state government is a plus.

4. Experience in research administration and sponsored project administration is a plus.

5. Working knowledge of PeopleSoft software is a plus.

6. Newly graduated with applicable internship experience is a plus.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.