Job Details

University of Colorado Denver
  • Position Number: 4574859
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management

Open-Rank Post Award Grants and Finance Specialist

University of Colorado Denver

Open-Rank Post Award Grants and Finance Specialist - 31110 University Staff Description

University of Colorado Denver

Department: College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Job Title: Open-Rank Post Award Grants and Finance Specialist

Position #: 00693757 - Requisition #: 31110

Job Summary:

The College of Engineering, Design and Computing seeks a full-time Post Award Grants and Finance Specialist to provide research administration and general finance support to the College. This position serves as the post-award administrator for the College and provides support to the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration in other non-grant financial matters. This position works in close coordination with the College's Assistant Director of Research Development and the Pre-Award Grant Specialist and serves as a resource in assisting our academic departments with inquiries about financial policy, procedures, and best practices. The ideal candidate will have a strong sense of customer service, positive energy and self-motivation, a desire for continuous self-improvement through learning, a strategic mindset, and a belief that strong relationships are key to success.

This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Examples of Work Performed:

Post Award Responsibilities (80%)

This Research Services Professional will manage $6 million annually in research expenditures among 60 PIs and 100 active grants. Primary duties include:
  • Providing technical and financial expertise to the Principal Investigators (PI) and their designees;
  • Producing monthly reports;
  • Monitoring sponsored projects, including sub-recipients;
  • Ensuring financial compliance with various agencies;
  • Providing status updates to PIs regularly and upon request;
  • Performing financial and administrative transactions;
  • Facilitating project extensions;
  • Working with the Office of Grants and Contracts on billing, close-outs, and other items as necessary and as requested.

Non-Grant Financial Support (20%)

This position assists the Assistant Dean with non-grant financial support as needed. Sample duties include:
  • Processing purchase and procurement items for the Dean's Office (purchase orders, invoice payments, etc.);
  • Preparing journal entries;
  • Clearing payroll expense matters;
  • Assisting with month-end and year-end reporting and processes;
  • Assisting in data pulls for surveys and other ad hoc financial projects.
This description is a summary only and describes the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado Denver is the state's premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state's largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Intermediate Level
  • Bachelor's Degree (a substitution of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis)
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in research administration (post-award)
  • Experience in MS Office products

Senior Level
  • Bachelor's Degree (a substitution of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in research administration (post-award)
  • Experience in MS Office products

Preferred Qualifications (both levels)
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in a business-related field
  • Direct experience with various federal funding agencies (NSF, DOD, etc.)
  • Experience in research administration systems and software (InfoEd, effort certification, etc.)
  • Experience in higher education financial systems (SAP, Banner, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Concur, etc.)
  • Specific experience in University of Colorado central systems
  • General accounting and finance experience
  • Research administration certification
  • Microsoft Access

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation and communication skills with ability to present complex financial concepts to both financial and non-financial professionals
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to identify, investigate, and resolve issues
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills with ability to represent the college in a professional manner with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to plan and prioritize tasks; work under pressure; and manage multiple, complex assignments with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with a diverse population with competing interests and priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail with exceptional time management and organizational skills.
  • Comprehensive personal computing skills
  • Knowledge of standard accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft, Concur, Marketplace, Cognos, or similar financial, procurement, and reporting systems and software

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  • A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to the listed qualifications
  • Resume or CV
  • Three to five professional references with contact information. Applicant will be asked for permission before contacting references.

Questions should be directed to:

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 1, 2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at:
  • Intermediate Level: $57,186 - $ 63,206
  • Senior Level: $67,403 - $70,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Total Compensation Calculator:

ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

Denver: University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:


Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.

The University of Colorado seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV Job Category
: Research Services Primary Location
: Denver Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30071 - CEDC-Dean of Engineering Schedule
: Full-time Posting Date
: Sep 7, 2023 Unposting Date
: Ongoing Position Number: 00693757

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