Grant and Financial Specialist

Buffett Early Childhood Institute   Omaha, NE   Full-time     Finance
Posted on January 9, 2022
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Grant and Financial

Job Overview
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Grants Financial Specialist. The Grants Financial Specialist, under the direction of the Institute's Financial Manager, is responsible for operating and personnel budget development, implementation and change management, monitoring expenses and financial balances for Institute grants and awards.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Profile
Envisioned as a new model for how public higher education is engaged in the first years of life, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute ( is a four-campus, university-wide, multidisciplinary research, education, outreach, and policy institute of the University of Nebraska committed to helping transform early childhood development and education in Nebraska and across the nation. A long-term goal of the Institute is to be a leading center where scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers collaborate to advance a unified approach that can improve the lives of young children and families and the systems that support them.

Applicants should note that the goals of the Institute are university-, state-, and nation-wide, but the location of the Institute administration is in Omaha. This position will work primarily out of the Omaha office.

Job Responsibilities
This section describes major responsibilities for the position but is not an exhaustive or exclusive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other job-related instructions as requested.

" Develops, compiles, tabulates, analyzes, and interprets financial data from accounting documents and systems to assist administration of grant funds.
" Monitors grant expenditures to ensure they are allowable and reasonable and are in compliance with the granting agency's regulations, state and university policies, and Institute budget authority procedures.
" Maintains and updates records on disbursement of funds and ensures all payment receipts are secured.
" Develops reports based on federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and standards to ensure compliance and efficient and timely operations in accordance with internal control practices, accounting principles, and concepts and advise administration of concerns.
" Maintains the schedule of reporting for all grant-funded programs and assists Financial Manager in the preparation, filing, and dissemination of related budget, financial, and effort reports and associated documentation.
" Monitors grant closing activities, including monitoring closing dates to avoid over/under expenditure and coordinate actions with Principal Investigators and Financial Manager to process personnel and billing changes.
" Reviews F&A documentation to ensure correct return to the Institute.
" Performs special projects when they are requested and involve the financial management of grants and contracts.
" Initiates process improvement through identification and development of efficient methods for performing assigned duties.
" Attends grant-related meetings to serve as financial liaison.
" Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
" Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field
" Three years of fund accounting experience, preferably in a university setting
" Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications
" Demonstrated knowledge of government regulations related to federal programs and financial report for grants
" University of Nebraska SAP financial system experience
" Knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's grant management system and support structure

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.