Research Accounting Assistant careers in Stanford University Redwood City, CA

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About the job

*This is a one-year fixed-term position*

Do you have a specific spot for your pen and highlighter? Notice right away when someone moves it out of place? We’re looking for someone with great attention to detail who is also hungry to explore the world of accounting. Imagine a day in the life with a research accountant where you’ll be mentored, gain exposure and given the chance to apply what you’ve learned. This a paid eleven-month opportunity. We encourage you to apply if you’re a self-starter and is an individual with a great attitude and values fostering great working relationships and problem solving.

An ideal candidate would either be still in school or just graduated and looking to become an experienced hire. We want to help you walk away with accounting experience and have something great to put on your resume! We offer flexible hours that work around your summer and school schedule.


Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again. We are one of Silicon Valley’s largest employers – and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.

Research—the creation of new knowledge—is key to Stanford’s educational mission. Stanford research has led to breakthrough remedies, devices, tools, and concepts, as well as 25 Nobel prizes for Stanford faculty. Among the inventions and discoveries that have resulted from Stanford research are MRI technology, DNA cloning, the Pill, heart transplantation, and digital music.

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) manages the administrative processes related to the entire lifecycle of sponsored research from proposal submission through award closeout. ORA submits nearly 3,300 new proposals annually and manages more than 5,000 active sponsored projects.

Things to look forward to:

– Get educated on the ins and outs of post award accounting and the research lifecycle at Stanford.
– Gaining exposure and insight by partnering with mentors within the Office of Research Administration.
– Learning how to review and interpret legal documents for financial terms and conditions.
– Learning how to review and interpret financial documents.
– Assisting with low-risk interim financial reporting.
– Assisting with low-risk audits to identify items of interest for award management and closeout.
– Assisting with Year End close.
– Other special projects assigned based on interest (no coffee runs!).

Desired Skills and Experience


Education & Experience:

Four-year college degree with relevant work, volunteer, or combination of educational experience. Prefer Accounting, Finance, Mathematics majors or significant coursework.

Required Qualifications:

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
– Strong customer service-oriented intuition.
– Strong working knowledge of Excel.
– Strong interpersonal skills.
– Strong attention to detail is required.
– Ability to ask for help when needed.
– Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems.
– Highly organized and proactive in a fast-paced environment.
– Understanding of accounting concepts and analysis of accounting transactions.
– Have fun!

Is a plus:

– Knowledge of contract and grant procedures and ability to apply the accounting practices.
– Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance.
– Familiarity with Oracle/Stanford systems.


– Constantly sitting, grasping lightly, use fine manipulation and performing desk-based computer tasks.
– Occasionally use a telephone.
– Rarely stand/walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, lift, carry push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.


– Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
– Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
– Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Company: Stanford University

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Entry level 

Job Location: Redwood City, CA

Application Deadline: N/A

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