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Contracts and Grants Accountant (Multiple Vacancies)

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts
Boone, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Position Number: 095311

Department: Special Funds Accounting - 415102

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education

License/Certification Required


Preferred Qualifications

Contract and Grant adminstration experience preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The App State Controller's office has an immediate opening for 4 accounting professionals to manage contracts and grants.

The mission of the Controller's Office is to provide accountability for University resources and appropriate dissemination of financial information to maximize the use of University resources in compliance with Federal and State legislation, Federal and State policies and procedures, Board of Governors policies and procedures, Appalachian State University policies and procedures, and requirements of external funding sources.

Perform day to day duties of Grant Administration:
  • Following standard procedures for post award compliance in the Controller's Office, UNC-System Office Business Process Standards, sponsor regulation or program guidelines, and resolve routine problems and issues that arise with Contracts and Grants post award compliance activities.
  • Perform necessary research and review to apply professional judgement to resolve unique problems and issues.
  • Consult and communicate with supervisor on unusual situations or where inadequate training or communication has been provided regarding the issue.
  • Monitor, examine and audit grant transactions for adherence to federal, state, university and sponsor guidelines.
  • Following post award compliance procedures, Federal Uniform Guidance, and UNC-Business Process standards, research unusual activity to draw conclusions and report findings.
  • Prepare other required Financial Reports as required by Contract and Grant agreements.
  • At required intervals prepare accurate and timely financial status reports for external sponsors.
  • Review/ensure accuracy and timeliness of invoices to Sponsors.
  • Properly document submissions with evidence and supporting calculations to justify claims.
  • Review payment status for further action.
  • Apply knowledge of Federal Uniform Guidance, Agency/Program Guidelines, State Budget Manual, UNC-Business Process standards, and University policies and procedures to perform job functions.
  • Use technology resources: Banner, E-print, WebFOCUS, Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Google Suite (Sheets, Docs, Drive, Mail, Slides), Internet, Agency software and web-based programs and research skills to perform job functions.
Effectively communicate with Departments:
  • Develop good working relationships with Project Directors and Departmental Research Administrators, in order to facilitate the research mission of the University.
  • Consult with PI's, DRA's, Chairs and Deans on policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Convey federal, state, and university regulations related to grant management and post award compliance.
  • Prepare invoices and reports for grants in required format.
Effectively communicate with External Sponsors:
  • Per legal agreements, prepare and submit timely financial reports for contracts and grants in the required formats.
  • Resolve issues affecting reimbursements to the University.
  • Prepare correspondence requesting budget revisions, clarifications on allowability as necessary to appropriately administer grants, contracts and agreements.
  • Participate in monthly Finance & Administrative training meetings, adding perspective, and encouraging audience interaction
This position has potential for a remote work arrangement within the State of North Carolina, consistent with university policy.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Mon-Fri 8-5

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: No

Suggested Salary Range: $54,000 - $64,000

Physical Demands of Position

Standard office environment. Position requires long periods of sitting and using a computer.

Posting Date: 09/21/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 11/01/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references on the application or attach a List of References with contact Information.

This position has potential for a remote work arrangement within the State of North Carolina, consistent with university policy.

Search Chair Name
Elaine Berry

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed. This position may or may not be eligible for H-1B sponsorship; EHRA positions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request further information about sponsorship for this position, please contact International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at

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