Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States


Posted over 1 month ago · Full time · $50,823.00 - $63,000.00 Annually

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Job Description

Financial Specialist Sr – Post-Award Accounting

Arizona State University

School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

Candidates interested in a career with a focus on financial and project management are invited to apply to join the Research Advancement team at ASU’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE).


Members of the SEMTE Research Advancement team are responsible for providing financial oversight of federal grants and contracts and discretionary accounts while working closely with faculty who are making impactful advances in solving today’s global issues. Individuals who understand the principles of financial practices, possess excellent customer service skills, and value continuous improvement are desired. 


This is a mid-career track position (Level 3 of 6) with opportunities to increase complexity based on job performance, as well as growth into multiple branches of specialization or supervisory tracks.


Salary Range

$50,823 - $63,000 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

·       Analyzes, reconciles, and prepares reports on financial information on sponsored, local and foundation accounts.

·       Forecasts accounts to avoid deficits and provide support to faculty regarding appropriate and allocable use of funds.

·       Facilitates proper handling of financial and payroll transactions, approves transactions within designated limits, reviews charges for compliance with ASU and sponsoring agency/contract conditions and requirements.

·       Provides guidance and assistance in preparing administrative post award documents including at-risks, pre-award costs, budget revisions, and no cost extensions.

·       Responds to inquiries in a timely manner using effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and methods as appropriate to address questions and/or concerns.

·       Works with the School and University budget preparation process for non-sponsored accounts.

·       Works under deadlines, manages multiple responsibilities and duties, while navigating interruptions and unclear and/or changing situations. 


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three (3) years of related experience, OR, seven (7) years of related experience, OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

·       Experience in preparing detailed documents, proposals, reports, and/or related materials and account management.

·       Experience being a problem solver who can take initiative, manage workload effectively and set priorities while being flexible.

·       Experience working independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team.

·       Experience in building strong professional relationships through collaboration and influence without authority

·       Demonstrated knowledge of the policies, procedures, and requirements of all applicable regulations governing management of grants and/or contracts for sponsors such as NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, NASA, and ARO.

·       Demonstrated knowledge of quality customer service standards and practices. 

·       Evidence of effective communication skills.

·       Experience working in higher education.

·       Experience using ASU systems including Enterprise Research Administration (ERA), Workday for financial, PeopleSoft for human resources, Adaptive Planning/Workday for budgeting.


Working Environment

·       Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting

·       Use office equipment including a desktop computer

·       Lift up to 20 pounds

·       Communicate to perform essential duties

·       Work both independently or within a complex structured team

·       Normally receives no instructions on routine work and general instructions on new assignments with review of completed tasks

·       Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


Department Statement

The School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) is leveraging the synergy of engineering and science to develop new knowledge and technologies, and create innovative solutions to society's most pressing problems. Our undergraduate programs position students for roles as professional engineers or advanced studies beyond the baccalaureate degree. At the graduate level, we provide rigorous, cross-disciplinary training and a rich research environment, immersing our students in diverse research topics that have broad interactions among disciplines, both within and beyond the school. Please visit our website for additional information:


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering and technical talent in the nation and

seeks to deliver a world-class learning experience for our students and to advance research and innovation – all at scale.


We value and emphasize inherently interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the breadth and depth of expertise among our outstanding faculty, and have built a unique place for large-scale innovation characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts. We are an engineering school on the rise at the most innovative university in the country and in the heart of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. The scale of our faculty research interests and interdisciplinary mindset, combined with more than 48 graduate degree programs and 25 undergraduate degree programs, provide the foundation for knowledge generation and collaborative opportunities to advance new ideas.


The Fulton Schools of Engineering, located across ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, is comprised of seven

schools based on academic programs and research areas. Fulton Engineering has a nationally recognized faculty that conducts research, instructs and mentors students, provides service to engineering, computing and technology

professions and creates lasting impacts across local and global communities.


The Fulton Schools of Engineering follows a framework of values designed to distinguish our practice and guide daily decisions in our academic, research, corporate engagement and entrepreneurial endeavors. These values influence how we recognize, reward and communicate our achievements. At the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we:

·       Cultivate excellence.

·       Deliver innovation that matters.

·       Encourage bold thinking.

·       Foster a community of learning and collaboration.

·       Build a foundation for all to be successful.

Working at ASU has outstanding benefits that include: health, dental and vision insurance plans; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities, and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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