Grants Compliance Specialist

Research and Sponsored Programs

Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

*Full-time, Non-Exempt (hourly) position*


Reporting to the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), the Grants Compliance Specialist provides financial management and compliance support for grants, contracts, and other awards from foundation, corporate, and government sponsors in support of faculty research, scholarship and creative activities, as well as those in support of curricular, programmatic, and College initiatives.  


  • Maintain expertise on College policies, federal and state regulations, and policies and procedures related specifically to externally sponsored programs.  Research, interpret, and apply regulations and guidelines effectively to ensure compliance. 
  • Stay up to date on relevant best practices through continuing education, professional development (modest annual funding available)
  • Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and document internal controls, related to financial compliance.
  • Track and maintain records for state and federal compliance requirements including audit reports, compensation certification and risk assessments.
  • Develop grant management resources for faculty and staff. 
  • Enter and manage grant related data, prepare financial reports, and lead monthly grant management meetings. 
  • Post-Award Management:
    • Ensure compliance with federal, state, sponsor, and College regulations and policies.
    • Confer regularly with Project Directors to discuss project aims in relation to expenditures.
    • Set up grant funded summer appointments and academic year reassignment time for current Gustavus employees.
    • Review and approve grant expenditures.
    • Track and report on cost-share commitments.
    • Process approved grant revision requests.
    • Assist with budget revisions during the grant period. 
    • Ensure compliance, in collaboration with the Finance Office, with audit requirements.
    • Assist the Finance Office with grant related invoicing, subaward-recipient risk assessment and monitoring, and award close-out.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Experience with accounting principles, grant accounting, and financial research administration. 
  • Knowledge of standard concepts, practices and procedures related to grant management.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies of faculty, staff, administration and students, as well as to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience managing budgets and other data using spreadsheets, databases and web-based reporting systems while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining confidentiality.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience with financial grants and contracts administration in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with the federal Uniform Guidance
  • Experience with website maintenance.
  • Writing, editing, and small group presentation skills.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee. 

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three (3) references 

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities. 

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Posted on: 1/13/2021


Sarah Bridges | | 507-933-7049

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2021

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