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Research Administrator (3 Positions)

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Job Description:

Research Administrator (3 Positions)

Job Category:

Managerial/Professional

Unit:

Office of Research

Position Code:

SOR9364A

Status:

Open

Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin 01/17/20 and continue until the position has been filled

Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience

Location:

Merced



Background check:

Background check is required



Description:


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.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

The Department Research Administrator uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research administrator to independently develop and / or oversee research proposals, awards, and / or transactions related to contract and grant management and maintains contract and grant records in compliance with institutional research sponsor policies. Works on proposals and awards of diverse scope where analysis of data requires thorough understanding of complex regulations. Completes and approves transactions for signature by manager or other authorized institutional official. Works on complex proposals and awards that may involve multiple investigators and / or multiple sub awards. This position will also help guide less experienced staff.

Key Responsibilities:
- Provides post-award financial administration and management for research funds in accordance with campus policy and agency requirements. Monitors and administers post-award sub-recipient. Conducts financial analysis and projections. Applies professional knowledge / experience to prepare, review, and / or approve financial transactions. Independently gathers information as needed to perform financial analysis.
- Oversees the pre-award process from preparing proposal through submission to the Sponsored Projects Office. Serves as primary faculty liaison, assists PI with the development of contract and grant proposals. Prepares proposal budgets and support documents that are required by proposal guidelines. Applies contracts and grants concepts to review complex grant or contract proposals and obtain / verify necessary compliance approvals and recommend / negotiate needed changes to proposals with PIs. Researches, develops and implements new research initiatives.

*Note: The level determined to be hired for this position will be based on qualifications.

Level 2 salary range: $47,000 - $57,000
Level 3 salary range: $61,000 - $71,000



Qualifications:

Level 2 Requirements:

Bachelor s degree in related area and 1 year of directly related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with proposal submission to external sponsors.
Ability to exercise independent judgement to resolve complex problems and issues
Strong organization, interpersonal, and communications skills.
Commitment to a customer service focus.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing deadlines and manage significant volumes of information and transactions
Interest in and commitment to learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge
High degree of professionalism and a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Experience in above at a University of California campus, preferred.

Level 3 Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years of related experience or 7 years equivalent experience / training.
Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.
Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.
Ability to manage significant volume of transactions.
Ability to perform complex financial analysis and customized reporting.
Demonstrated 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 current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.
Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures and techniques.
Strong writing skills in a variety of styles to draft persuasive text for a variety of audiences while ensuring adherence to funding sponsors guidelines.



To Apply:

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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at
http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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