Finance & Contracting Specialist

Expiring today

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Sep 29, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Job Role
Staff Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CPA, Entry, Experienced, Degree

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health seeks a trained Accountant interested in developing a greater knowledge of contracting while supporting both the finance and contracting team at Arbor Research. The successful individual will possess at least 12 months of grant accounting experience and possess a demonstrable knowledge of government contracting (DCAA, FARs, OMB). This individual will lead the monthly invoicing process and support the Senior Financial Analyst in other accounts receivable activities, while also collaborating with the Grants and Contracts Counsel to review, negotiate, execute, and monitor project specific and organizational contracts. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually, rather than onsite.

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, a not-for-profit organization located in Ann Arbor, MI, is the preferred employer for professionals passionate about improving health care policy, health care delivery, and health outcomes through evidence based research. At our core, we value collaborative spirit, creativity, credibility, and dedication. Our interdisciplinary team brings together expertise from a variety of fields and disciplines to answer complex research questions by thinking across boundaries and generating innovative approaches.

Bright, enthusiastic individuals thrive at Arbor Research. We provide a rich benefits package along with high quality learning and development opportunities, and a casual yet professional work environment in support of achieving a positive work/life balance. These attributes provide our dedicated employees the flexibility to work collaboratively and creatively in order to make credible contributions to the research community. Join our diverse and dynamic team today and contribute to the improvement of patient care in the future!

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Grants & Contracts Support

  • Assist the Grants and Contracts Counsel (GCC) with manual and increasingly automated contract life-cycle tasks
  • Responsible from every phase of contract development from researching the legal regulations to negotiating the terms and preparing the print document in close collaboration with the GCC. This includes evaluation of bids and document drafts, as requested, as well as coordination and review of select contracts assigned in collaboration with internal programs and departments across the
  • Develop and implement effective procurement proposals
  • Ensure that all contracts, grants, and proposals are designed and administered in compliance with regulatory, statutory, and legal requirements, including all organizational policies and procedures, government regulations, nonprofit tax law, and industry
  • Assist GCC and internal customers in monitoring active contracts for performance, needs for amendments, and fulfillment in compliance with the terms and regulations.
  • Recommend and help establish real-time KPI dashboards, increase transparency across the organization
  • Research and keep up to date of legislative and regulatory issues that may be related to the contracts being overseen

Finance Support

  • Carry out the monthly invoice process
    • Setting up project invoicing templates that align with the contract
    • Generating invoices for contract milestones
    • Generating monthly project review packet, and upon approval creating monthly invoices for final review by VP Finance.
  • Monitor for and follow up on delinquent accounts receivable payments
  • Assist with monthly proactive review of revenue; flag early any changes to be inputted into the forecast based on actual

Core Values

Our core values define who we are as an organization and serve as the foundation of our code of ethics. Arbor Research expects all employees to embody these and demonstrate them in our day-to-day work.

Collaborative Spirit

We expect each staff member to learn from and teach one another, and ask each to exhibit curiosity and respect for the contributions of others.


We strive to cultivate a challenging, stimulating, and supportive environment where our employees are expected to be inquisitive, take initiative, and demonstrate ingenuity.


Our employees are smart, thoughtful, and objective in their work. We expect them to be technically solid in their area of expertise, and for those conducting research to demonstrate scientific rigor.


Our team achieves success because of our dedication to carrying out high-quality work and delivering trusted results.

Supervision Received

General administrative supervision is received from the VP Finance. Close collaboration is expected with the finance team, contracting, project teams, program leaders, and senior leadership.

Supervision Exercised


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance with at least three (3) years of progressively responsible accounting and finance experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), and financial statement preparation
  • Knowledge of and experience with government contracting (DCAA, FARs, OMB) and experience in A-133 audits
  • Ability to perform work requiring advanced knowledge used to analyze, interpret, and make decisions from varying facts and circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and maintain focused work in a high volume, deadline-driven environment
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications. Strong proficiency in creating and maintaining complex spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • CPA candidate
  • At least 12 months’ grant accounting experience
  • Non-profit experience
  • NetSuite financial system experience
  • Health research background
  • Experience with foreign currency transactions

Job Applicants must submit a personalized cover letter and resume.

No Recruiters or Staffing Firms please

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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