Accountant 4 (Grant Accountant)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Research and Graduate Education
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking a dynamic professional interested in serving as Grant Accountant to manage financial policy, internal controls, and operating procedures for the College’s research and graduate education enterprise. Reporting to the Director of Administration and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, the successful candidate must be willing to learn the unique intricacies of the research allocations within the College and provide leadership and coordination of state and federal formula research funding. Additional financial duties include preparing annual funding applications, developing an annual research budget, monitoring and managing fund balances, research project accounting, monitoring budgetary commitments, and financial reporting to assure public accountability and conformance to Penn State policy, sponsor guidelines, and auditing requirements. Lead, manage, track, report, and provide counsel on graduate assistantship appointments and grants-in-aid. Team-based interactions to assure consistent college-wide efforts between the research and extension functions and collaborating with the graduate school for graduate student issues. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must possess strong analytical and problem solving skills and demonstration of knowledge of financial operations for large and complex organizations. Exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences are essential. Proven record of success as a member of a professional team are desirable. Requires exceptional communication (written and verbal) skills to communicate with internal and external stakeholders to exchange information, resolve issues or concerns, and coordinate activities. Requires excellent organization skills and time management skills in order to handle multiple tasks and simultaneous deadlines. Familiarity with University budget policies and procedures, as well as financial reporting using iTwo or other data visualization tools strongly preferred.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088