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Pre-award Research Administrator 4 - 12716

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: November 22, 2020

Job Description:

Hiring Range

$82,000 - $95,000

Job Closing Date

This posting may close any time on or after November 30th without notice.

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.


About the Job

The Research Administrator 4 (RA4) in the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) at UC Merced holds a senior position within the office. Under limited direction of the Preaward Supervisor, this position servers as a mentor for junior staff, serves as a technical specialist in a particular area, such as federal and state contracts, grants, subcontracts or information systems. This position will assist Pre-award Research Administrators in their review of administrative management requirements of contracts and grants to ensure compliance with sponsor policies and institutional guidelines according to established policies, practices and defined internal controls. This position is also responsible for assisting the Preaward Supervisor for ensuring the department provides customer-oriented, value added pre-award supporting services to the Principle Investigators. Contributes to development of department policies and procedures, exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate actions. Identifies risks and responds accordingly through established process resolution or escalation to department leadership. Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage high volume and high complexity transactions. The position may be charged with leading various management projects/initiatives by facilitating work-groups, gathering facts from support staff, and developing sound recommendations to the Supervisor that support the mission of the research community. This may include the periodic evaluation of processes and the review of business rules that affect University award management policies and work processes that impact contract and grant administration.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

* Performs complex budget developments, and proposal preparations, obtains/verifies necessary compliance approvals. Leads a large center grant proposal development when needed. Provides guidance and counsel on wide variety of highly complex research administration matters to principal investigators, and less experienced department staff.

* Works closely with the Supervisor, mentors, trains and provides guidance to junior or less experienced research administrators. Provides quality customer services to researchers on campus. Functions as a resource to advise staff on challenges such as researching complex research administration issues and escalating problems/concerns to the Supervisor.

* Serves as the primary faculty liaison, assists Principal Investigators (PI) with the development of contract and grant proposals of diverse scope. Administratively prepares and develop complex grant or contract proposals and budgets, obtains/verifies necessary compliance approvals.

* Assists the organization as needed with planning, establishment and monitoring of proposal preparations, submissions, and support documents. Recommends designs for the development and revision of operating procedures, polices and guidelines. Participates in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for department operations.

* Coordinates with the Supervisor to insure that staff are consistently trained and following established departmental guidelines and procedures for proposal preparations and submissions. Identifies and initiates team efforts at business process improvement to ensure more efficient operations and/or higher quality services.

* Interpreting and providing guidance on University and sponsor policies related to grants and contracts to campus principal investigators, departmental administrators and less experienced staff.

* Participates in training/educational sessions designed to increase knowledge of professional research administration concepts and practices, University and funding agency processes and policies. Seeks information to maintain up to date knowledge in all areas of research administration and shares knowledge and lessons learned with staff.

* Participates in the selection and development of staff, helps creating an effective teamwork environment, ensure the efficient operation of the function. Advises, mentors and trains staff in carrying out their responsibilities.

* Assists in support of audit as directed by senior staff. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in related area and 5 years of directly related progressively responsible experience, or equivalent experience / training.

CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

* Extensive knowledge of program administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.

* Advanced knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc

* Ability to manage high volume and complex transactions.

* Ability to perform highly complex financial analysis and customized reporting.

* Demonstrated advanced competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.

* Ability to maintain independent judgment; strong organization and communication skills; and a customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas.

* Maintains knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional and departmental policies. Knowledge of current compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.

* Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.

* Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements.

* Full knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation, Code of Federal Regulations, sponsor-specific policies, intellectual property policy, conflict of interest requirements, publication rights, application of indirect cost rates and other complex concepts in research administration.

* Ability to interpret policy for others.

* Advanced knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures and techniques.

* Advanced ability to create and train grant writing and other communications skills in a variety of styles to ensure ecuring grant funding required.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting may be required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive

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