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Compliance Associate

Job Description

Position Number:




Functional Title:

Compliance Associate

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPR-Sponsored Programs Accounting and Compliance

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to the Manager, the Compliance Associate for Financial Compliance is responsible for supporting the unit by promoting adherence to university and sponsor regulations, policies and procedures relating to research activities. UMD has over $600M in annual sponsored program expenditures from more than ten federal agencies and numerous state, local, private and foundation sponsors with hundreds of active awards.

Specifically, this position is responsible for working on internal and external audits associated with awards for sponsored research activities. Analyzes large data sets of campus research transactions using data analytics testing and provide technical advice to the Compliance unit on complex transactions. Advises with providing guidance to the campus community on compliance issues related to sponsored activities. Advises with researching and interpreting complex Federal, State and Private rules and regulations. Advises and conducts ORA/SPAC outreach and training. Overall, the Associate is responsible for supporting the Financial Compliance unit and promoting adherence with university and sponsor regulations, policies and procedures relating to research activities.

Benefits Summary

Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University

At least three (3) years of related experience in research administration, higher educational organizations, or similar entities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster professional relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe
  • Ability to evaluate and organize highly complex data promptly and accurately.
  • Excellent analytical, written, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in finance or Accounting
  • 3 years of progressive experience with sponsored program administration in a complex and decentralized nonprofit, government contractor or higher educational organization.
  • Working knowledge of sponsored research and grant procedures, policies and requirements including but not limited to 2CFR 200 and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Sedentary work performed in a normal office environment; exerts up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Ability to attend meetings both on and off campus. Spending long hours in front of a computer screen.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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