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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Michigan Center for Translational Pathology (MCTP) seeks an energetic, positive, and forward-thinking individual with significant experience and technical competence to serve a financial analyst senior.  The perfect candidate for this position would actively seek to engage with the director and administrator in the visioning, planning and implementation of a best practice support function for MCTP, while consistently providing top notch support with responsive quality service to faculty investigators.

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.


  • Analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of your responsibilities.
  • Prepare forecasts and analyze trends of MCTP finances.
  • Advise Director and Lab Manager on long-term financial viability of Center given multiple grants and contracts from various sources with differing project end dates.
  • Compile and prepare reports for use by the Director to make fiscal decisions.
  • Serve as the primary contact for faculty in the development, preparation and submission of grant and contract proposals.  This includes developing budgets, preparing ePAFs, advising faculty on departmental policies and procedures, coordinating subcontractors and correspondence with sponsors.  
  • Interpret regulations and guidelines of multiple programs funding with complex and broad guidelines for spending.
  • Work with the Contracts Office to negotiate sub-agreements. 
  • Responsible for post-award accounting of several complex grants and contracts. 
  • Coordinate re-allocation of awarded funds, appointing and tracking personnel to appropriate projects, setting up budgets in the financial system and coordinating the preparation of sponsor reports and ensuring that all applications meet agency and university guidelines and deadlines.
  • Reconcile all sponsored project accounts for MCTP. 
  • Supervise the processing of invoices and day-to-day monitoring of budgets. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance or Research Administration or related field
  • 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in research administration.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise initiative. 
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Significant experience providing pre- and post-award support to sponsored projects at a high level, and familiarity with academic PhD student funding models. 
  • Knowledge of restricted fund accounting principles, procedures and standards. 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Proficient in MS office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience providing NIH, DoD, industry and foundation budgeting and proposal submission and pre-award support, with emphasis on NIH proposal and its funding mechanisms. 
  • Knowledge and capability with complex elements in proposals including NIH caps, cost sharing, and subcontract and/or sub-project distribution and allocation.
  • Experience with post-award actions for sponsored projects, with preference for significant experience in NIH including monitoring faculty effort commitments, carry-forward balances, extensions, budget reallocations, preparation of status reports such as RPPRs and experience with other required administrative post-award actions as needed.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with UM datasets including Research, Finance, HR, and Financial Aid, with capability and technical skill in building reports using appropriate query and reporting tools such as Business Objects.  Engage with other university experts in building fluency in report development using available data sets and business tools. Engage in research administrative service and professional development within and beyond the department.
  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and University regulations.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail. 
  • Ability to generate, analyze and clearly present organized and accurate data to any level within the organization. 
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures, specifically related to sponsored projects and financial systems; familiarity with ORSP, UMOR, FINOPS, Business Objects, Wolverine Access reporting tools including HR and Financial tools, faculty appointments and subcontracts.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.