Post-award Supervisor - 12861
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: November 23, 2020
$72,000 - $82,000
Job Closing Date
Posting may close any time 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
8,000 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
Under the direction of the Director of Operations and Chief of
Staff, the Post Award Supervisor provides management of a complex
research administration portfolio of awards for various Project
Investigators within all schools and departments at UC Merced . Has
oversight of a team of Research Administrators, responsible for
unit workflow, process improvement, assessment plans/reporting,
financial review and overall troubleshooting. Provides complex
analysis and reports to the Director of Operations and Chief of
Staff, and faculty leadership related to research and grant
productivity. Coordinates service delivery with Schools, Organized
Research Units (ORUs) and central campus departments. Requires
interpretation of UC policies and sponsor guidelines as they relate
to necessary approvals, allowable costs, and budgets. Responsible
for implementation of complex fiscal policies and procedures
including federal funding regulations, and advises principal
investigators and project staff on existing options or
alternatives, effectively recommending courses of action. Also
provides analytical and financial support to principal
investigators for complex issues regarding budget revisions,
post-award management and closeout activities including federal,
state, local and private sponsors. This position requires highly
developed organizational, planning, coordination, communication and
problem-solving skills, which involves independent judgment and a
broad and deep knowledge of the technical aspects of research
* Serves as manager for a team of RA's with responsibility for
direction and guidance for how work is accomplished and establishes
operating procedures, policies and guidelines for the unit.
Determines appropriate protocols and standards to meet unit
objectives and ensure that workload and timeline demands are
successfully addressed. Leads team to develop annual assessment
plans, establish metrics and prepare year-end reports.
Troubleshoots and resolves one-time and on-going issues with the
delivery of research administration services to faculty, often in
collaboration with central campus units and other schools/ORUs.
* Supervises, leads, mentors, trains, develops, delegates, and
monitors performance of a team of research administrators.
Responsible for full array of supervisory duties including
recruiting, assigning duties to staff, overseeing all work
performed, assessing performance, fostering positive staff morale,
initiating disciplinary action, and ensuring an equitable
distribution of workload. Actively involved in supporting team to
meet schedules, deadlines, and resolve complex problems and
inquires related to contracts and grants. Handles the most complex
grant management activities as needed to back-up and support
research administrators and meet faculty demands and timelines.
* Manages high volume of complex transactions and coordinates
workflow among staff. Collaborates with CGA Assistant Director to
develop and implement cross functional roles and responsibilities
which will serve as key control points for day to day activities.
Collaborates with school financial management and academic
personnel team to successfully coordinate the faculty summer salary
process. Mentors staff in the provision of analytical and financial
proposal and budget development to faculty. Delivers hands-on post
award training to subordinate RA's as needed. * Provides guidance
and counsel on research dministration matters to principal
investigators, departmental administrators and unit staff related
to federal, state, local, private and UC policies. Ensures complete
and accurate collection of research management administration data
at all stages of the contract and grant life cycle. Reviews
post-award activities performed by post award RA's and develops
monitoring tools to ensure awards compliance with terms and
* Stays up-to-date on relevant changes in University and sponsoring
agencies' guidelines by attending training seminars, conferences,
and workshops as well as by monitoring University and sponsoring
agencies' websites, keeping direct reports updated on all relevant
* Bachelor's degree in related area and two years of progressively
related experience or equivalent experience/training.
* Master's degree in related area may be substituted for two years
of required experience. (Preferred)
* Certificate in related area. (Preferred)
Critical Knowledge and Competencies
* Advanced working knowledge of contracts and grants administration
and applicable financial systems, as well as related policy,
accounting and regulatory compliance requirements, preferably in a
* Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft
Excel, and other common desktop/web applications.
* Strong interpersonal skills, service orientation, ability to
multi-task effectively in a varied, high volume environment;
Possess effective verbal and written communication skills.
* Effective decision-making, analytical and reasoning skills;
Demonstrates initiative and ability to exercise independent
judgment, and to develop and implement original ideas to solve
* Demonstrated knowledge of supervisory duties including
delegating, managing performance, motivating and disciplining
Background check and fingerprinting may be required.
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
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and
affirmative action policy see:
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free
workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is
available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
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