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GRANTS FINANCIAL COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST: A Job That Makes You Happy Will Help You Do Your Job Better

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Melika, a grants financial compliance specialist, is in charge of monitoring budgets and expenses for grants personnel. She spends her typical day reviewing purchases and making sure that they meet the standards of their funding agencies. She advises students to get a job that makes them happy because that will help them do their jobs better.

Degree: Accounting - Business Administration
Job Title: Grants Financial Compliance Specialist
Employer: Shaw University

Job Summary: Compliance Officers

Job Description

Compliance Officers examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $72,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 7 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills

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m='14090'>grants.</span> <span m='15770'>On</span> <span m='15880'>a</span> <span m='15930'>daily</span> <span m='16230'>basis,</span> <span m='16600'>I'm</span> <span m='16750'>typically</span> <span m='17220'>in</span> <span m='17320'>the</span> <span m='17440'>office</span> <span m='18540'>reviewing</span> <span m='19000'>purchases</span> <span m='20160'>for</span> <span m='20590'>the</span> <span m='20740'>grants</span> <span m='21100'>personnel</span> <span m='22160'>to</span> <span m='22320'>make</span> <span m='22540'>sure</span> <span m='22800'>that</span> <span m='24400'>they</span> <span m='24620'>meet</span> <span m='24990'>all</span> <span m='25170'>of</span> <span m='25270'>the</span> <span m='25360'>standards</span> <span m='26000'>that</span> <span m='26140'>we</span> <span m='26250'>have</span> <span m='26450'>to</span> <span m='26630'>meet</span> <span m='27000'>for</span> <span m='27330'>our</span> <span m='27550'>funding</span> <span m='27970'>agencies,</span> <span m='28840'>which</span> <span m='29170'>is</span> <span m='29480'>pretty</span> <span m='29710'>much</span> <span m='29920'>the</span> <span m='30020'>taxpayers.</span> </p><p><span m='31830'>I</span> <span m='32100'>went</span> <span m='32299'>to</span> <span m='32420'>college,</span> <span m='32890'>I</span> <span m='32930'>have</span> <span m='33090'>a</span> <span m='33150'>Bachelor's</span> <span m='33890'>in</span> <span m='34010'>accounting,</span> <span m='34860'>and</span> <span m='35050'>I</span> <span m='35130'>also</span> <span m='35380'>have</span> <span m='35580'>a</span> <span m='35650'>Master's</span> <span m='36110'>of</span> <span m='36190'>business</span> <span m='36520'>administration</span> <span m='37250'>for</span> <span m='37360'>focus</span> <span m='37770'>in</span> <span m='37880'>accounting.</span> <span m='39320'>I</span> <span m='39550'>started</span> <span m='39980'>out with</span> <span m='40340'>doing</span> <span m='40740'>just</span> <span m='41010'>typical</span> <span m='41400'>accounting</span> <span m='41860'>work</span> <span m='42200'>for</span> <span m='42350'>non-profits</span> <span m='43150'>and</span> <span m='43260'>for</span> <span m='43430'>profit</span> <span m='43930'>organizations,</span> <span m='45470'>and</span> <span m='45810'>I</span> <span m='45860'>pretty</span> <span m='46090'>much</span> <span m='46350'>just</span> <span m='46610'>stumbled</span> <span m='47060'>into</span> <span m='47340'>this</span> <span m='47590'>job</span> <span m='48040'>being a grant</span> <span m='48570'>accountant</span> <span m='49560'>and</span> <span m='49760'>the</span> <span m='49840'>department</span> <span m='50390'>needed</span> <span m='50680'>somebody</span> <span m='51060'>to</span> <span m='51200'>monitor</span> <span m='51690'>their</span> <span m='51870'>funds.</span> </p><p><span m='53130'>My</span> <span m='53400'>advice</span> <span m='53870'>to a</span> <span m='54120'>high</span> <span m='54360'>school</span> <span m='54680'>student</span> <span m='55610'>is</span> <span m='56010'>to</span> <span m='56050'>pretty</span> <span m='56260'>much</span> <span m='56500'>focus</span> <span m='56880'>on</span> <span m='57030'>yourself,</span> <span m='57550'>because</span> <span m='57810'>you will</span> <span m='57910'>want</span> <span m='58210'>to</span> <span m='58260'>get</span> <span m='58430'>into</span> <span m='58660'>a</span> <span m='58760'>career</span> <span m='60040'>or</span> <span m='60560'>a</span> <span m='60670'>job</span> <span m='61010'>path</span> <span m='61530'>that</span> <span m='61760'>makes</span> <span m='62040'>you</span> <span m='62350'>happy,</span> <span m='63260'>and</span> <span m='63670'>it'll</span> <span m='63710'>help</span> <span m='63950'>you</span> <span m='64050'>do</span> <span m='64190'>your</span> <span m='64370'>job</span> <span m='64680'>better.</span> 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