Job Description

Payroll Title:
BFS - Sponsored Projects Finan
Hiring Pay Scale
$53,600 - $75,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#121264 Award Accountant, Academic Affairs and Research

Extended Deadline: Tue 4/11/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/03/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/14/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

  • This position will remail open until filled.


Incumbent serves as Award Accountant, Academic Affairs and Research within the Sponsored Projects Finance ---a division of Business and Financial Services (BFS). This position provides vital support to UC San Diego campus departments to coordinate and oversee the post award accounting and financial administration of funds received from federal and non-federal sponsors. Incumbent ensures timely and accurate fund control activities and management of financial reporting requirements to the awarding agencies/entities. The Award Accountant provides knowledge in regulatory compliance support services to the department administrators and Principal Investigators to ensure all applicable government and private regulations are met during the executed award period.

This position is responsible for supporting and enhancing a culture of quality services that supports the research mission of the University of California system. Incumbents assume a broad level of responsibility in the post award accounting administration of executed awards, providing project leadership and support on a multitude of campus wide and organizational initiatives.

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This is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serve at UC San Diego. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices and best people at the best place to work! Our candidates come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organization thrive!

Our organizational core values (People First, Innovation, Integrity, Excellence, Accountability) define the culture at Business & Financial Services and push us to be our best. We’re excited to grow our team and learn from people that want to make a difference. If you love what you do and comfortable with designing for the future, we encourage you to consider joining our progressive organization. We recognize that candidates come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of the job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is the key to innovation and excellence. To do great, we have to be great. Our organization places particular emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion incorporating exit interview feedback to enhance retention efforts and advance issues affecting the overall staff experience. If you're a team player with bold ideas and execution, now is the right time to connect!

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Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is also eligible for full:
1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
2) Vacation/Holidays
3) Life Insurance
4) UC Retirement Plan

NOTE: Salary placement is determined by the top candidate’s overall qualifications/relevant experience, market data and internal equity. For an approximate value of the UC Total Compensation package, please click this link.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment. Demonstrated ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret terminology and phrasing in agency guidelines and regulations and University policy and procedure manuals. Ability to apply knowledge in preparing financial reports.

  • Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.

  • Ability to manage significant volume of transactions. Ability to perform complex financial analysis and customized reporting.

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft suite of applications, and the ability to quickly master additional software as needed. Demonstrated ability to effectively use information technology and process redesign methodologies in creating, designing and implementing new processes.

  • Strong organization, customer service and interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles. Knowledge of accounting principles theory and practicePreferred:

  • Proven comprehensive knowledge of contracts and grants post award administration.

  • Proven comprehensive knowledge of audit and internal control standards; demonstrated experience in applying standards to cash management practices.

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting; or equivalent combination of education and experience. In addition, a specific, verifiable requirement is the completion of college or junior college accounting courses through intermediate accounting level if degree is not specifically accounting.


Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,600 - $111,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.67 - $53.45

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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