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As Financial Specialist Senior in the Division of Rheumatology, provide leadership and support in the following areas:

Divisional Activities

  • Analyze, recommend and implement financial processes and controls to ensure appropriate management of divisional and ACU resources
  • Represent the division in departmental, Medical School, and university committees and business meetings
  • Provide oversight and management of reconciliation process for assigned funds and project grants of the division, including ACU operations, recharge of core facility and equipment, invoicing for clinical studies, etc.
  • Provide oversight and management of CTSU post-award support to the Division
  • Provide support to Division leadership for preparation of annual division budget, ACU forecasting budgets, P&L reviews, as well as analysis and recommendations to achieve operational efficiency and divisional goals
  • Support maintenance and management of the division's space survey
  • Effort certification specialist support for the Division

Post-award activities 

  • To provide financial forecasting expertise and management support to assigned faculty and funds, predominantly sponsored basic and clinical research grants.  This support includes, but is not limited to: proactively advising faculty on proper management of funds through monthly reconciling and analysis; proactively alerting faculty to budget deviations and suggesting alternative appropriate courses of action to ensure projects are managed on budget; ensuring proper accounting of funds; with direction from faculty, budgeting funds consistent with sponsor/donor intent; ensuring encumbrances are properly accounted for; ensuring funds are managed consistent with sponsor and institutional policies or donor intent; establishing and monitoring subawards & subcontracts; advising administrative and lab staff on allowability & allocability for procurement including review and approval of Pcard and expense reports; reviewing receivables and invoicing for sponsored activity as appropriate; liaise on behalf of division faculty and staff with Sponsored Programs and ORSP staff as appropriate to ensure projects are setup and closed out consistent with expectations as well as sponsor and institutional policies; ensure backup documentation is compiled and appropriately filed as needed;  coordinate with clinical research staff to ensure all activity is fully accounted for; managing post-award change requests,  Uniform Guidance reports, Other Support, progress report and other related sponsored program and research related activities; act as administrator for NIH T32 training grant.


  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • BA/BS required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, multitask and prioritize managing project submissions.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills by cultivating trust and rapport with a various constituents including divisional and departmental faculty and staff, medical school and University administration, and sponsors.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.


Senior Level:   3-5 year’s pre-award and sponsored research financial management experience especially with NIH and industrial sponsors. 

Intermediate Level:  2-3 year's pre-award and sponsored research financial management experience especially with NIH and industrial sponsors.

Desired Qualifications*

A basic understanding of the structure and function of ORSP, Office of Research, FINOPS, and Medical School operations desired. Experience with VA appointments, IPAs, and subcontracts is also desired.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.