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Director-Sponsored Projects

  • Requisition no: 521656
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • School/Department: Earth Institute
  • Grade: Grade 15
  • Categories: Finance/Accounting

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Budget and Finance, the Director of Sponsored Projects Finance and Reporting will be responsible for leading the quality assurance efforts related to post-award financial reporting requirements on sponsored projects. The Director will ensure financial related information is accurately accounted for and proper documentation is maintained with the University Financial System; direct day-to-day accounting and reporting operations oversee the monthly reporting and invoicing processes to ensure compliance with the terms of the awards and applicable laws and regulations.


Supervises the daily operations of Climate School sponsored projects financial management including budgeting, salary accounting, effort reporting, journal entries, interdepartmental invoices, staff supervision and office administration.

Provide oversight of awarded grants and contracts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, contractual terms, and other requirements of the externally funded activity.

Responsible for monthly, quarterly and year end close outs for all sponsored projects.

Communicates regularly with Columbia University central administrative offices, particularly Sponsored Projects Finance.

Trains staff, coordinates schedules and delegates work assignments

Supervises the timely and accurate reporting of financial information to sponsors for externally funded projects

Supervise the financial closeout process of expired awards and monitoring of overdrafts aging report for sponsored projects.

Manages the process for internally generated services, including rate creation, substantiation and justification, per Recharge Center policy.

Provides financial oversight of the Office of Marine Operations post award processes, including billing, fringe rate adjustments and compliance with all terms and conditions of the awards.

Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent, plus 7 years related business management experience required

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an institution of higher education or other large, complex organization preferred. 

Other Minimum Requirements

Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) essential. Excellent oral, organizational and interpersonal skills required, with the ability to handle confidential information with exceptional judgment and discretion necessary. Accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail essential. Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments in a high pressured, short-deadline environment, and able to work with diplomacy and efficiency in such an environment. High level of professionalism and judgment required.


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