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#108413 Research Administrator 2/3

Extended Deadline: Tue 6/22/2021

Job posting will remain open until position is filled.

This is a 100% contract position for one (1) year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status depending on the needs of the department.

Position will be filled as a Research Administrator 3 level or RA 2 level based on candidates' experience and qualifications.

DESCRIPTION

The Research Administrator (RA) 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. Guides less experienced staff. Typically works on complex proposals such as grants /contracts which require task budgets, option years, multiple investigators and multiple sub awards.

Incumbent provides analytical and financial support to Principal Investigators (PIs) in the Division of Biological Sciences in proposal processing, contract and grant administration, and budget development, including pre-award proposal initiatives, management of funds post-award, and closeout activities for federal, state, local and private sponsors. Involves activities associated with forecasting, planning, and managing of research portfolios by performing some or all of the following: coordinating and identifying and developing and/or presenting proposals, contracts and other agreements; reviewing proposals to ensure institutional compliance; negotiating, administering and monitoring contract and grant awards, including compliance with regulations, terms and conditions; financial management and reporting from a variety of campus systems, including Kuali, UCPath, and Oracle Financial; and sub award/subcontract issuance and administration.

Type of Proposals: Highly complex proposals involving one or more of the following: multiple departments; multiple institutions (subawards); institutional cost-sharing; institutional commitment proposals; responsive to award agency proposal requirements (RFP, RFA, PA); numerous integrated projects; Program Project or Center applications, Laboratory Service Agreements (LSAs) and Contracts; extensive variety of agencies and number of awarding entities; significant and unique reporting requirements; equipment acquisition or fabrication; performance milestones.

Type of Awards - Funds managed will be for awards received as a result of submission of proposals described above. Type of Self-Supporting Activities - The self-supporting activities and research recharge operations are large and complex in nature (income > $500K). Contributions to Development of Policies and Procedures - Provide team leadership in the development of policies and procedures; approve or recommend for approval changes.

~ This is a 100% contract position for one (1) year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status depending on the needs of the department.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.

  • Strong competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.

  • Demonstrated proficiency working with computer and information management systems.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing financial reporting tools, queries, and pivot tables.

  • Experience working with computer and information management systems. Strong computer skills in a PC environment using various business software programs (spreadsheets, word-processing, and databases) with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility. Ability to work independently and/or in a team framework. Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population, including faculty, staff, students and the business community.

  • Knowledgeable about 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.

  • Requires thorough knowledge in OMB circulars such as Uniform Guidance, and principles of cost accounting standards, including allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, state, local, sponsor and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines.

  • Strong ability to work in a fast paced environment with overlapping deadlines and short lead times and maintain a high level of attention to detail, and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and follow through.

  • Demonstrated experienced with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements.

  • Experience working in a university or related environment. Strong ability to interpret and apply university policies and procedures regarding purchasing, return goods, travel, disbursements, inventory, and audits.

  • Knowledge of payroll and personnel regulations including impact of salary scales, merits, range adjustments. Knowledge of employee benefit regulations, leave accruals, summer salary policies, and a range of flexible salary options to meet appropriate fund source uses.

  • Working knowledge of or familiarity with other UCSD Core administrative computer systems, such as Kuali, UCPath, Concur, and Oracle Financial, preferred.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet time-sensitive deadlines.


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UCSD
Payroll Title:
RSCH ADM 3
Department:
DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCI.
Hiring Salary Range
$58,000 - $68,100 /year
Worksite:
Campus
Appointment Type:
Contract
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
Uncovered
Total Openings:
1
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri