Fiscal Manager, Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
United States
Job Description

Fiscal Manager, Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

Job no: 527686

Work type: Administrative & Professional

Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences

Department: CALS Global

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Hybrid

Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance, Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture is a coalition of organizations, led by Virginia Tech, which will implement an $80 million, three-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). This project will be implemented across four states – Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Virginia – and will feature payments to farmers to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices to increase resilience and climate adaptation. Farmer payments and enrollments will be managed by implementing partner organizations in each of the four states and a number of non-implementing partners will support the program in various ways. Virginia Tech faculty will conduct a rigorous research agenda to evaluate the efficacy of implementation. Under the three-year pilot program, Virginia Tech and its partners will help producers in the four states prove the value of paying farmers and ranchers $100 per acre or animal unit for stewardship practices that deliver public value through carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas reduction, improved soil health, water quality, water conservation, and other environmental services. We aim to create a national model for incentivizing and rewarding farmers for adopting climate-smart practices. More information on the program can be found at this link:

The Fiscal Manager will be responsible for managing the fiscal affairs of the Alliance, including ensuring adherence to U.S. government guidelines and requirements. The fiscal manager will liaise with internal and external teams, including the Alliance Team, Alliance Partners and Subcontractors, Virginia Tech’s Controller’s Office, and Virginia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs.

The base location for this position is Blacksburg, VA. Travel to Blacksburg on a routine basis will be required. The position is opened to hybrid or remote; however, the remote location must be within a reasonable commuting distance (i.e. Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington D.C., West Virginia).

Key responsibilities include:
• Efficiently and effectively managing the fiscal affairs of the Alliance by:
o Managing the ongoing fiscal requirements of the sponsored project including monitoring monthly statements, adjusting budgets, personnel funding allocation changes, monitoring timely invoicing and fiscal reporting among other project specific responsibilities
o Ensuring adherence to USDA guidelines in administration of grant funds
o Coordinating with Virginia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Virginia Tech’s Controller’s Office
o Developing standard operating procedures and providing training to Partner fiscal staff
o Preparing fiscal reports for the Principal Investigator, Project Director, Virginia Tech and USDA
o Overseeing the purchase of all equipment and supplies, process purchase orders and travel reimbursements for the Virginia Tech team
o Overseeing fixed asset inventory for all items purchased for the Virginia Tech team
o Overseeing contracts, reimbursements, and payments to consultants and contractors
o Managing purchasing credit card (P-Card)
o Supervising one fiscal assistant staff position

This position is restricted to a three-year timeframe and contingent on funding.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study (i.e., Accounting, Finance or business administration) and significant professional level experience.
Experience with sponsored research proposals, awards, and grant/contract administration
Significant experience and knowledge of advanced financial principles and practices
Experience working within large relational databases and/or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
Ability to work independently, but also within a team environment
Experience in MS Teams, MS Excel, MS Word and ability to learn other software as needed.
Experience in preparation of financial and budgetary reports
Higher education, governmental or other fund accounting background.
Must be able to independently set priorities, manage tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain attention to detail and accuracy.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in relevant field of study.
Working knowledge of Virginia Tech’s financial policies and procedures
Experience in Virginia Tech financial applications such as Banner, MicroStrategy, Fintracs, HokieMart, and Chrome River, or similar financial/accounting systems.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$65,000 - $81,400; commensurate with experience

Review Date

December 1, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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