Science & Research Careers at Lifespan

Senior Research Accountant Job

Job Number: LCS15684

Job Title: Senior Research Accountant

Department: Accounting - 0014606

Facility: Corporate Headquarters

Location: Providence, RI


Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent in accounting, finance, or other related business discipline and five to seven years’ experience in research accounting. Knowledge of OMB 2CFR200-Uniform Guidance and Appendix IX under Part 200-Hospital Cost Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulation, and the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Advanced experience in using spreadsheets, databases, and mainframe general ledger systems required. Demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Under direction of the Manager, Research Finance, maintain the accounts and ledgers pertaining to all research grants and contracts at Lifespan, including account set-up, institutional oversight, and account close-out. Work with the Lifespan Finance Department, including General Accounting, Accounts Payable, Cash Control, and Financial Operations to maintain general ledger research responsibility centers. Prepare status and summary financial reports to Federal government agencies and non-federal sponsors. Review research grant expenditures for reasonableness and compliance with applicable Federal regulations and sponsor guidelines. Work with department managers, principal investigators, and Research Administration staff to resolve sponsored program financial issues. Provide training to various constituents as necessary regarding Research Finance policies and procedures.

Maintain general ledger for research responsibility centers.
Prepare periodic financial reports to sponsors for approval by the Research Finance Manager, including Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) and billing documents for cost reimbursement.

Prepare periodic in-depth analyses for internal and external users re: data interpretation and financial system control checks.

Responsible for the accuracy, timeliness, and interpretation of financial data, including account establishment, cost transfers, financial reports, billings to sponsors, receivables (agings and potential uncollectible accounts), and the receipt of grant funding.

Monitor all sponsored program expenditures to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, state, and sponsor-specific guidelines. Continually apply to research grant revenues and expenditures the financial standards described in OMB 2CFR200-Uniform Guidance and applicable codifications, NIH and HHS Grants Policy Statements, and other authoritative sources of information. Discuss any potential issues of non-compliance with the Research Finance Manager.

Maintain knowledge of current Lifespan and sponsor accounting standards to ensure that all charges are reasonable, allowable, and allocable to respective sponsored projects.

Review the justification of cost transfers, considering both internal and sponsor policies. Discuss any questionable cost transfers with Research Administration and/or the Research Finance Manager. Prepare journal entries (including intercompany entries) on a timely basis for posting allowable cost transfers to the general ledger, i.e., within the month that the cost transfer was approved. Prepare split salary reallocations using the retro-salary split program when necessary.

Perform routine checks of general ledger amounts to ensure that selected sponsored program records are accurate and properly reported. Working with Research Administration, prepare the necessary journal vouchers to correct any errors or omissions. Identify any system issues with the Research Finance Manager.