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Business Manager II Grants Financial Manager

Company: Utah State University
Location: Logan
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

In an exciting, new position within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) Office of Research Services, Business Manager II will be the college subject matter expert in the areas of externally funded research grants and contracts and the associated financial controls and processes.  With the support of the CEHS Financial Officer, Business Services team, and the Office of Research Services, you will be a key team member building and maintaining the college’s financial support structure enabling our financial managers to successfully support externally funded awards.

  • Primary liaison with the sponsored program accounting office and other associated central offices on any research/externally funded question or issue area.
  • Subject matter expert for any sponsored program related question for both college employees (faculty and staff) and business services.
  • Primary trainer/mentor of sponsored program skills and processes to both business services employees and college financial managers.
  • Actively support and ensure that sponsored programs funds are processed accurately and efficiently in accordance with USU, sponsor, and any applicable Federal or State standards and expectations.
  • Support the sponsored programs structure for the college.
  • Support the entire cycle of externally funded awards.
  • Develop expert knowledge of common college granting agency requirements and expectations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive financial/business/management related responsibilities that demonstrate the aptitude to perform the essential functions of the position OR a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, or Finance/Business related area plus a minimum of 3 years of progressive financial/business/management related responsibilities that demonstrate the aptitude to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Excel and Word including the ability in Excel to independently use formulas and pivot tables.
  • Experience in developing and presenting complex and financial information to both a financial and non-financial audiences.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to develop materials with proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Experience in providing financial support for externally funded awards.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with USU’s Banner Finance system.
  • Working knowledge of USU research policies and procedures.
  • Experience with USU’s Kuali system including proposal set up and reporting.
  • Experience with USU’s Argos system, Finance dashboards.
  • Experience in higher education, specifically within an academic unit.
  • Experience with grants requiring Institutional Review Board approvals.
  • Experience with grants with subcontracts or match requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively as a team member who works collectively and collaboratively to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Ability to think analytically, quantitatively, creatively, and strategically.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong active listening skills including the ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Ability to develop clear, accurate, and professional training materials and presentations.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail when reviewing sponsored program documents.
  • Ability to create and review complex budgets.
  • Knowledge of financial requirements of research contracts and grant proposals in a University environment.
  • Knowledge of all types of sponsored award mechanisms including grants, contracts, and subcontracts including match requirements.
  • Ability to interpret sponsor guidelines and regulations, including a detailed understanding of Uniform Guidance.
  • Ability to independently research issues and/or questions and concisely summarize findings.

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile.

2) Cover Letter describing your qualifications for this position to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee typically works in an office/desk environment using a computer, phone, and other office equipment.  The employee may sit at a desk or stand at a variable height workstation throughout the workday and often uses repetitive hand motions, such as typing. Employees nearly continuously listen, hear, and talk.

Office of Research Services Highlights

The mission of the Office of Research Services in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is to enrich the research climate in the college by supporting proposal development; providing statistical consulting services; providing methodological training for graduate students; and nurturing faculty and graduate student research and collaboration.


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is committed to quality teaching, outreach and research. It is home to eight departments. Graduate and undergraduate programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary school and three stand-alone centers. These offer services to the community and provide students with real-world service and research opportunities. Additional community services are provided by the individual departments.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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