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Job Summary

A major research area within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is seeking a Contract and Grant Specialist.  The Contract and Grant Specialist will be a key member of the administrative team supporting the research administration activiites of a complex research lab with approximately 27 faculty members and a large portfolio of research projects.  Duties will include pre- and post- awards as well as general administrative support. 


Pre-award activities include assisting in the development, preparation, review and submission of proposals.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and adhering to proposal submission guidelines.
  • Navigating through various on-line proposal submission systems.
  • Developing budgets and budget justifications.
  • Preparing intricate proposal submission packages.
  • Managing and meeting multiple, coinciding deadlines.
  • Coordinating with internal and external staff.
  • Following College and University policies.
  • Staying abreast of new regulations and changing requirements.

Post award activities include assisting in the oversight of multiple types of funded projects (federally sponsored, non-federally sponsored, internal, gifts).  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigating and resolving project issues.
  • Locating and retrieving documents and maintaining files.
  • Preparing responses to inquiries.
  • Assisting with the preparation of various financial reports and documents.
  • Assisting in the oversight and tracking of area related administrative issues.

Required Qualifications*

Requires a bachelors degree in a related field. Successful candidate must be motivated with a positive attitude and strong commitment to exceptional customer service. Must have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to maintain confidential information and a demonstrated ability to work well under pressure. Must have an excellent attendance record. Must possess analytical and creative problem solving skills, good decision-making ability, exceptional organizational and project management skills with meticulous attention to detail and a willingness to work as necessary to meet tight timelines. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment requiring minimal day-to-day supervision to deliver projects in a timely and effective manner. Requires strong computer skills utilizing Excel, FileMaker and Word.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior experience working with sponsored research in an academic environment as well as experience with budgeting and electronic proposal submission and post-award administration of grants and contracts is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of University standard practice, accounting procedures and principles.

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