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Lead, Sponsored Projects of Financial Operations - Office of the Chief Financial Officer - Georgetown University

Georgetown University
life insurance, tuition assistance
United States, D.C., Washington
October 27, 2023

Lead, Sponsored Projects of Financial Operations - Office of the Chief Financial Officer - Georgetown University

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Lead, Sponsored Projects of Financial Operations - Office of the Chief Financial Officer - Georgetown University

Job Overview

The Lead, Sponsored Projects of Financial Operation is responsible for all post-award financial reporting requirements on sponsored projects for assigned cost centers, billings on awards, account setup, timely and efficient maintenance, and closeout of sponsored projects.

All sponsored accounts (more than 1,600 active) are processed through the SPFO; audit comments and findings are disseminated to all agencies doing business with the University; and current and prospective funding can be impacted negatively, potentially resulting in grants and projects not being funded or funding being reduced. Fines or fees may result in delinquent or erroneous reporting; failure to comply with federal regulations can result in various negative impacts to the University; and agency audits that identify unallowable costs or incorrect reporting can result in repayment of funds with fines and interest.

The Lead has responsibilities that include but are not limited to:
  • Works closely with Manager of Financial Reporting and Quality Control, supervising the financial closeout process of expired awards and monitoring of overdrafts aging report for sponsored projects; reviews sponsor billing and financial reporting to ensure accuracy and completeness; troubleshoots billing and expenditure variances; and serves as a resource to stakeholders for questions and training.
  • Under limited direction, researches and interprets applicable regulations, guidelines, and standards, and provides expert advice and oversight to faculty and staff in the administration for sponsored projects; and provides assistance on University's Annual UG audit as well as any sponsor site visits and desk reviews.
  • Works closely with University Financial System Core Team on SPFO special projects related to sponsor projects system automation and sponsor projects business process enhancement/initiatives.
  • Works on special projects as assigned.

Work Interactions

Reporting to the Manager for Financial Reporting and Quality Control, the Lead also works daily with Principal Investigators, Grant Managers, Department Administrators, the Office of Sponsored Projects, and the Office of Research Services - as well as federal agencies, other government organizations, and private sponsors.

  • Bachelor's degree - preference for an accounting degree
  • Experience that includes 3 to 5 years of accounting and analysis experience, 2 to 3 years of working directly with grants and contracts, and 2 years public accounting audit experience
  • Strong accounting skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in computerized financial software
  • Demonstrated understanding of research administration processes
  • Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance [2 CFR 200] and its predecessors OMB Circulars A-110, A-21, A-133, A-122; FAR, PHS Guidelines, DS2 regulations, private agency guidelines, costing principles, and University procedures
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Good mathematical and Excel skills
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred qualifications
  • Uniform Guidance audit/Single audit experience
  • Work experience in university or hospital setting with a medical research facility

Work Mode: Telework Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position's mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University's mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources .

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the .

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