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The VASG Fiscal Officer/Sponsored Programs Administrator is a position that reports to the Director of Sponsored Programs. Ms. Longest’s primary responsibility is protecting the interests of the institution by working with researchers, business officers, and administrators; and serving as the point of contact and liaison with federal, state, and private funding agencies and their representatives for grants and contracts. She performs both pre-award and post-award functions by assisting researchers with their preparation and submission of research proposals, reviewing contract and awards packages, monitoring/approving all expenditures, preparing journal entries, invoicing, drawing down federal funds, etc.
Education & Experience
Heather Longest has been with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) since 2011. Prior to her current position, Ms. Longest was a Quality Assurance Analyst (2007-2011) with the Virginia Department of Accounts (DOA). Ms. Longest graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, in 2007.