Provides Post-Award administrative guidance in the administration and processing of sponsored grant and contract projects. Develops and maintains contacts with sources of faculty research support. Provides support to researchers, departmental and center/institute administrators, regarding the allowability and allocability of research-related expenses and other compliance related activities. Responsible for administering and monitoring procedures designed to comply with and implement appropriate regulations relating to government and private research grants and/or contracts pertaining to the interpretation and application of such procedures and regulations.
Monitors post award activities to ensure compliance for issues involving allowable costs, re-budgeting and reporting requirements, cost sharing and spending limitation, etc. Facilitates, reviews and approves budget transfer and cost transfer requests in adherence with sponsoring agencies’ regulations and university policies and procedures. Process and submit prior approval request to the sponsor that includes actions such as No Cost Extensions, budget transfer requests and requests for additional funds. The Specialist drafts and submits these requests to the funding agency when necessary. Review project expenditures and budgets; requests corrections and resolve discrepancies; interpret rules, regulations and compliance issues with respect to sponsored awards. Reviews and approves Purchase Orders and requisitions initiated by the department for capital equipment items and other large value purchases to be charged to sponsored award projects. Review and negotiate continuing projects and amendments to existing grants, contracts, cooperative agreements. Update the award and associated project budget in the financial system in tandem with executed amendments and advanced spending forms. Works with PI and administrators to ensure appropriate close out of projects in accordance with the sponsor and university closeout guidelines and requirements. Create and execute subaward agreements for all new and existing awards, as well as process budget changes, extensions, and closeout procedures during and throughout the life of the subaward. Set up/update Subrecipient PO's in the financial system as necessary. Assists management in the preparation of ad-hoc reports. Participates in special projects such as: development and presentation of training workshops, updating/ drafting procedure manuals and report development. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred. Two (2) years of experience in higher education or the equivalent combination of experience in research administration, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Strong ability to understand user needs, requirements and requests to identify priorities; escalates urgent/conflicting requests. Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, writing, and by phone; Skill in establishing and maintaining effective professional working relationships. Good understanding of overall unit objectives/goals with the ability to work effectively across boundaries with potential for conflict. Skill in administering sponsored projects and post award functions. Knowledge of budgeting and financial analysis. Knowledge of costs principles, administrative requirements and specific agency guidelines and regulations as well as research methods. Knowledge of computer applications and information dissemination technology.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint as well as familiarity with other commonly used software. Working knowledge of PeopleSoft. Critical thinking and problem solving skills. Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans. Ability to utilize strong cross unit knowledge and understand to overcome issues to achieve results. Ability to prepare detailed documents reports, and/or related materials. Provides analysis of data for identification of trends. Ability to work both independently or within a complex structured team. Normally receives no instructions on routine work and general instructions on new assignments with review of completed tasks. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices & policies in selecting methods & techniques for obtaining solutions. Provides solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects. Ability to review contracts and legal documents and negotiate to an acceptable resolution. Initiate and negotiate subcontracts and sponsored research agreements on behalf of the University.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
Open Until Filled: No
Internal Number: 13202
About University of Texas at Arlington
With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.