Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a full time Finance/Grant Accountant. This individual is responsible for maintaining financial, accounting and grant support services to meet the needs of the University and its donors. The Finance/Grant Accountant will focus heavily on budgeting, compliance, reporting and variance analysis functions and will be required to communicate these results to management. This position is also responsible for providing financial reporting and analysis for departments within the University; for the operations of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties, gift processing tasks and related administrative tasks.


  • Perform grant-related post-award functions, including budget and expense analysis, periodic invoicing, financial reporting, labor distribution changes, reconciliations, re-budgeting and grant closeout functions as required.
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial reports on grant revenues/expenditures for internal management purposes and requisite donor reports.
  • Work with the VP of Business & Finance on cash flow forecasts for programs.
  • Work with staff on salary allocations to grant expenses as required.
  • Review invoices and provide account codes, when appropriate, for proper grant accounting.
  • Produce budget and expense analysis reports.
  • Prepare and distribute periodic invoices for project reimbursement as required by the grant.
  • Communicate monthly financial results with appropriate grant program staff, informing them of financial position of the project.
  • Coordinate with the accounting department the processing of journal entries to various projects as needed.
  • Ensure compliance of grants donor rules/regulations.
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analysis in response to requests or to provide support to various programs.
  • Meet with various academic units in order to support financial management of grant-funded projects, conduct periodic compliance review of grant-funded projects, to include financial management overviews with responsible staff.
  • Support required audits.
  • Identify and recommend cost savings initiatives for program activities and the organization.
  • Update system designated for grants and gifts with demographic and biographical information
  • Review, reconcile and post uploaded pledge and payment batches meeting monthly and yearly deadlines
  • Process gifts that are allocated to University programs; maintain supporting documentation to gift transactions
  • Research files for development officers, individual donors and corporates when requested about contributions or accounts.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • BS Degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience in budget preparation, forecasting and financial reporting or substantial work experience in the Sponsored programs/Research Administration Field.
  • Work experience in higher education.
  • Work experience in the non-profit community and specifically with grant accounting.
  • CPA or CMA Licensure.
  • Knowledge of federal grants and regulations (strongly preferred).
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial information to non-financial individuals.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and summarize financial records for accuracy and conformance to procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to complete detailed accounting transactions.
  • Ability to prioritize and self-direct, analyze situations, identify situations where appropriate to make decisions.
  • Basic awareness/knowledge of federal and state regulations governing accounting practices, grant funding.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to provide a high level of customer service and establish and maintain effective interdepartmental communications and relationships.
  • Capable of managing numerous simultaneous projects.
  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience with MS Office package software applications with advanced skills using Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge and experience in CRM systems (strongly preferred).
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University


GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

Only candidates who submit a resume and complete the full application will be considered - anyone without a resume will be declined automatically. For assistance with your job application please use our External Candidate Job Application Guide.

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Posted 10 Days Ago

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