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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Since 1841, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) has been the heart of The Michigan Difference, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and creating new knowledge through world-class research and scholarship. 

We offer more than 100 degree programs in over 75 academic departments and programs.  Every LSA program is among the best in the U.S. with more than 40 programs in the top 10 and 5 programs are the best in their fields. Our alumni network is over 200,000 living LSA graduates and 90% of our seniors go on to enter the workforce or attend graduate school.  Learn more about LSA at

As part of the largest college at the University of Michigan, LSA Finance employs more than 70 employees who provide financial and research administration support to over 100 units.  We are seeking a research administrator to provide project account and budgeting support to faculty and administrators at all stages of the grant process, from pre-award preparation and submission of research and grant proposals to post-award grant administration. The Contract and Grant Specialist is a key member of the LSA Finance Business Offices.   As a Contract and Grant Specialist you will serve as the financial liaison between faculty and staff, while monitoring grant submissions and informing management of the financial and administrative effects associated with successful awards. This role requires excellent interpersonal skills to partner with colleagues at all levels and within multiple University offices.


Salary based on experience. 

This position is responsible for coordinating the administrative research process for submitting proposals, including providing assistance with the preparation of budgets and supporting documentation, coordination as appropriate with internal and external entities, and ensuring timely routing of proposals through the institutional approval process.  Maintain appropriate communications with faculty, LSA administrators, and ORSP and Sponsored Programs for pre and post-award activity. Post-award activities are primarily financial in nature and will include projecting and updating encumbrances, preparing and reviewing financial transactions including monitoring appropriateness for grant funding and allowability.  In addition, the Contract and Grant Specialist will also provide assistance to faculty in rebudgeting, report preparation, and renewals/extension paperwork. 

Assist other team members in the LSA business office as needed. Participate in continuous process improvement efforts. Help document best practice processes and procedures for contract and grant administration.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor degree or equivalent plus minimum 2-3 years’ experience in grant administration or higher level financial activities. Prior experience with contract and grant administration or relevant experience in comparable environment with tight regulations and compliance requirements required.  Ability to interpret and apply guidelines and policies including Uniform Guidance, budgeting restrictions and University/LSA sponsored research policies.  Progressive knowledge of Excel and other Office products and comfort with changing technology essential.  Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Collaborate effectively with co-workers and work with a diverse group of customers providing excellent customer service. Candidates will need to attend to detail, exhibit sound judgment, follow work through to completion, and meet high work standards.  Demonstrated ability to work under pressure of deadlines and competing priorities.  Ability to set priorities and manage competing deadlines is required.  Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication skills essential.

Desired Qualifications*

Certified Research Administrator (CRA). Knowledge of UM financial practices and processes strongly preferred.  Prior experience with federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, and DOE strongly preferred. Familiarity and experience with University administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, MReports and other MPathways systems, and Concur.  Experience with eResearch electronic PAF and proposal submission.  

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.