The Sr. Research Associate will serve as Sr. Operations Manager for a research/training group within the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS) called the Collaborative to Advance Health Services. The person in this position will assist principal investigators/grant directors (PIs) in monitoring grant work plans and budgets to ensure timely achievement of deliverables and appropriate spend-down of funds. This position will ensure adequate staffing resources and coordination in the Collaborative by maintaining a spreadsheet that details how each staff member's time is split across grant projects and by coordinating quarterly Collaborative staff and PI meetings. This position will also be responsible for post-award fiscal management, monitoring, reconciling and forecasting 8+ grants and contracts. Work involves supervising a fiscal assistant (Research Assistant-level) that will process vouchers, create vendors, pay invoices, track contracts, develop consulting agreements, provide data-entry into PeopleSoft, and support accurate reconciling of One Card statements for Collaborative staff. On occasion, the Sr. Research Associate will assist principal investigators/grant directors (PIs) in preparing grant budget narratives.
Develop and maintain a system for monitoring grant work plans and budgets
Develop and maintain a system for tracking FTEs across grant projects
Coordinate quarterly staff and PI meetings
Manage PeopleSoft journal entries and personnel action forms (PAFs)
Prepare required fiscal reports for federal funders, SoNHS and PIs as requested
Develop administrative procedures and services to support grant activities
Serve as primary liaison with the Office of Research Services and grant sponsor management offices
Serve as the administrative liaison for the Collaborative and work closely with the SoNHS Administrative/Fiscal Office to ensure administrative operations and fiscal-related activities are coordinated and completed in a timely manner
Supervise a fiscal assistant at the Research Assistant-level to assist in post-award activities for the grants to ensure the appropriate segregation of duties
Work with subcontractors, consultants, or other outside parties to establish timelines for completion of work and management of project-related activities
Collaborate with others as needed to review project findings and planning data analysis
Prepare annual budget reports, close-out reports, etc., as required by the terms of the grants
Ensure compliance with specific aspects of the grant awards
Master's degree in business, accounting, research, or other degree related to area of work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Three or more years of experience in business accounting, developing administrative procedures, working with grants, and preparing technical reports.
Experience working with diverse populations in a business or higher education setting.
Full Time/Part Time
Full-time, 40 hours per week, benefit eligible
Salary commensurate with experience.
To be considered, you must complete the application which contains two (2) sections: 1. Name and Contact Information 2. Combine all application materials (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a list of at least three references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
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