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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

The University of Michigan is seeking a SP Contract AdministrationInter/Senior to join our team in the Finance-Sponsored Programs’ Office of Contract Administration which maintains approximately 1000 subawards worth $275 million.  This position will prepare and administer customized comprehensive subawards and amendments in accordance with Federal, Sponsor and University regulations, terms and policies. The incumbent will be expected to operate independently, be a subject matter expert regarding subaward and amendment terms and conditions, frequently interact with our internal and external customers, and participate in on-going departmental initiatives.


  • Prepare and administer subawards and amendments in a timely manner.
  • Review and assess incoming subaward and amendment requests from University departments to ensure complete and accurate documentation has been furnished.
  • Analyze applicable prime award terms and exercise independent judgment to determine the appropriate sponsor terms and conditions to be incorporated into resulting subawards and amendments to mitigate risk to the University and maintain compliance.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in providing appropriate and timely guidance to questions/issues from University departments, subrecipients and sponsors relating to subaward terms and conditions, regulations, policies, laws, etc.
  • Resolve subrecipient invoice issues utilizing significant personal judgment, initiative and business acumen to achieve favorable and timely results.  
  • Identify customer service needs and proactively take steps to lessen or eliminate excess burdens placed on University departments.
  • Maintain organized electronic subaward files.
  • Actively participate in on-going process improvement initiatives.

Skills You Have

  • Advancing the Mission - Demonstrates ability to operate effectively in a manner consistent with the University of Michigan mission and culture. Exhibits understanding of the unique issues related to higher education and sponsored project research administration.
  • Building Relationships/Interpersonal Skills - Values organizational diversity, treats others with respect, and promotes cooperation. Effectively manages relationships and collaborates with others at all levels throughout the University.
  • Creative Problem Solving/Strategic Thinking - Develops and creates ideas, processes, and approaches focused on the future.
  • Communication - Demonstrates excellent communication skills to those at all levels throughout the University. Ability to adapt communication style to address the needs of individuals at all levels throughout the University.
  • Development of Self and Others - Seeks opportunities to learn and develop themselves and others by setting developmental goals and seeking performance feedback. Applies new skills and knowledge gained in an effort to add value to the organization.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability to Change - Responds positively to and champions change to others. Proven ability to work successfully in a high volume, fast pace environment with competing priorities.
  • Leadership/Achievement Orientation - Holds oneself accountable for meeting established objectives and successfully accomplishing desired outcomes.
  • Quality Service - Strives to meet the expectations of internal and external customers, firmly establishing a service first culture. Displays solid understanding of internal control concepts and the implementation of internal control systems in a complex business environment. Delivers results under difficult conditions and demonstrates balanced judgment under pressure.

Required Qualifications*

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or related discipline.

Intermediate Level:  Minimum 3 years of experience in research administration working with Federally-funded and/or clinical trial agreements.

Senior Level:  Minimum 5 years of experience in research administration working with Federally-funded and/or clinical trial agreements.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desired:

  • Experience drafting agreements, which include appropriate Federal or clinical trial flow-down terms.
  • Working knowledge of the Federal Uniform Guidance Regulations, as well as the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  • Working knowledge of the University’s MPathway and eRPM systems.

Must be creative, have excellent judgment and strong decision-making ability.  Proven effective communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.  Ability to work independently and in teams.  Ability to maintain positive and productive working relationships throughout the organization.  Ability to work with minimal direction.  Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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