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A cover letter and copy of your transcript are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter and transcript should be included prior to the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills describing how your experience fits the responsibilities associated with this position.

Job Summary

We are in search of a Reporting Senior to join our team in the Finance-Sponsored Programs office. The Reporting Area of Sponsored Programs completes approximately 9,000 reports annually while ensuring compliance with sponsor guidelines. Employees in this role will support the continued expansion of the department’s highly productive and deadline driven research enterprise.


This position is responsible for post-award accounting of grants and contracts. It provides policy and procedure interpretation to University departments and assists in preparation of reports to federal and sponsoring agencies.  This position reviews and approve financial status report(s) to ensure compliance with University and sponsor requirements, regulations and restrictions, as well as prepare complex reports and/or reconcile multiple letters of credit.  This position participates in business process review and changes and provide guidance and/or clarification to internal and external customers. It is also responsible for the Senior Level Competencies found in the Research Administration Series Competency Matrix,

Required Qualifications*

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field with a minimum of 8 accounting courses and must have a minimum of five years research administration experience.  Candidate must be highly motivated and enjoy working in a fast paced, production environment. Candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate and work with a variety of individuals and units. Candidate must be detail oriented and organized, as well as having the ability to utilize spreadsheet software to analyze data.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior Sponsored Programs experience.

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE WORK SCHEDULE:  This is a full-time position; Monday through Friday.  As part of the University of Michigan Finance Division Future of Work initiative, this position may work onsite, remote, or hybrid (both onsite work and remotely) based on the business needs of the unit.

The University of Michigan, with an operating budget of $6 billion, is a leader in higher education. The Finance Division reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and partners with the University community to provide the financial infrastructure essential to being one of the world’s greatest public universities. We are comprised of several units including Financial Analysis, Financial Operations, Procurement Services, Sponsored Programs and Treasury. Though we are made up of several distinct divisions, we share a common set of values and goals. For more information about the Finance division, please go to

Core to our values is ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we all learn from each other.  We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.

Organizational Core Competencies and Skills:

  • Advancing the Mission - Demonstrates ability to operate effectively in a manner consistent with the University of Michigan mission and culture. Exhibits understanding of the unique issues related to higher education and sponsored project research administration.
  • Building Relationships/Interpersonal Skills - Values organizational diversity, treats others with respect, and promotes cooperation. Effectively manages relationships and collaborates with others at all levels throughout the University.
  • Creative Problem Solving/Strategic Thinking - Develops and creates ideas, processes, and approaches focused on the future.
  • Communication - Demonstrates excellent communication skills to those at all levels throughout the University. Ability to adapt communication style to address the needs of individuals at all levels throughout the University.
  • Development of Self and Others - Seeks opportunities to learn and develop themselves and others by setting developmental goals and seeking performance feedback. Applies new skills and knowledge gained in an effort to add value to the organization.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability to Change - Responds positively to and champions change to others. Proven ability to work successfully in a high volume, fast pace environment with competing priorities.
  • Leadership/Achievement Orientation - Holds oneself accountable for meeting established objectives and successfully accomplishing desired outcomes.
  • Quality Service - Strives to meet the expectations of internal and external customers, firmly establishing a service first culture. Displays solid understanding of internal control concepts and the implementation of internal control systems in a complex business environment. Delivers results under difficult conditions and demonstrates balanced judgment under pressure.

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.


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