Sponsored Research Officer
Seattle University - Seattle, WA

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Sponsored Research Officer to join our community.

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects ( ORSSP ), the Sponsored Research Officer provides comprehensive support and oversight to faculty and administrators for all stages of a sponsored project from pre-award to closeout.

The Sponsored Research Officer collaborates with the ORSSP team and relevant divisions in the University. The Sponsored Research Officer will also serve as primary point of contact for external agencies (federal and private) in all sponsored project-related activities.

Essential Job Functions

Grant Management

Responsible for pre and post award activities relating to grant and contract proposals. Pre-award activities include assisting faculty in development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals and ensuring that all applications meet agency and university guidelines and timetables. Post award activities include establishment of accounts, re-budgeting of funds, no-cost extensions, effort reporting, and modifying and revising the award or expenditures.

Budget Management

Co-ordinates the budget portion of the pre-award cycle and manages the post-award cycle of sponsored projects, grants, and contracts.

Regulatory Compliance

Reviews all aspects of regulatory compliance as applicable to sponsored awards, including federal, state, local, and program-dependent terms and conditions.

Directs Administrative Activities for Externally Funded Grants and Contracts

Institutional review of proposals and signature authority as Authorized Organization Representative for sign-off and submission; approval and negotiation of terms and conditions for all contracts and legal agreements issued to SU for any sponsored agreement, federal, state, local, private, or corporate; sponsored-agreement related point of contact for audit staff on annual A-133 audits; administrative/business contact for all external entities with respect to all sponsored agreements.

Marginal Job Functions

Perform complex analysis, including historical synopsis, of on-going programs.

Attend research and grant related conferences.

Assist faculty members in preparing individual application budgets.

Assist faculty members in establishing online search protocols in order to find new funding opportunities.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of expertise and three years previous experience working in a similar program or field activity. One year of supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with granting agency staff, co-workers, faculty, and other university staff.

Ability to draft routine reports and correspondence.

Knowledge of A-21, A-110, and A-133 circulars

Knowledge of various federal agencies’ ( NSF , NIH , NEH , DOE etc.) research programs.

Ability to fully utilize sponsor-driven eRA systems.

Ability to verify figures and amounts related to expenditures, receipts, indirect costs, cost-share, salary, and fringe benefits.

Knowledge and ability to review and revise various types of legal agreements regarding external funding.

Ability to summarize, analyze, and forecast financial information and project costs based upon account history. Possess fundamental understanding of accounting procedures.

Ability to interpret grant program and application criteria and work in conjunction with faculty to produce competitive proposals.

Ability to define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and implement solutions as well as have the ability to creatively problem-solve and make informed decisions.

Knowledge of set-ups, adjustments, and operational procedures of work-related equipment and experience with spreadsheet applications (for example Excel) and electronic grant activity tracking applications.

Ability to manage multiple projects and work with colleagues and faculty in an efficient and professional manner.

Commitment to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulatory and policy changes.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in a relevant field.

Five years experience overseeing federal grant administration at a non-profit or higher education institution.

Experience with post-award activities and excellent financial skills.

CRA (Certified Research Administrator) designation.

Salary will be discussed during the interview process and is commensurate with qualifications.

Excellent Benefits Package

Our excellent benefits package currently includes: Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, significantly subsidized for employee and dependents; generous retirement plan: 10% of salary contributed by University (after 1 year); vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays plus Christmas week off, community service leave; Transportation pass 75% paid; Automatic payroll deposit; Library privileges for employees; University fitness facilities free for employees; S.U. tuition for employees and dependents administered in accordance with University policies.

Application Instructions

Please apply online at: https://jobs.seattleu.edu. Applicants are also required to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying.

Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.

Close Date

Non-Discrimination Policy

Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the University’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators:

Office of Human Resources

RINA 214

(206) 296-5870


Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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