Grants and Contracts Specialist Sr.
UT Health Science Center at Houston - Houston, TX

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Assists in planning, coordinating and monitoring the research activities of the unit. Develops and administers procedures designed to comply with appropriate regulations relating to the administration of government and private research grants and contracts and for the interpretation and application of such procedures and regulations

Additional Summary Specific to Job
An exciting opportunity is available for you to work on the pre-award team and provide assistance to faculty and their staff with research grant and contract applications, 'Just-in-Time' requests, and progress report preparation in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences (EHGES).

Primary responsibilities include:

- Provides federal and non-federal research guidance to EHGES Division faculty and their staff to ensure administrative and financial compliance with the guidelines, procedures and policies of the funding entity, School of Public Health and the University. Aids in the development of research application business timelines, ensures budget accuracy by preparing or assisting faculty with budget development and spreadsheet calculations, verifies agreement of budgets and budget justifications, and provides technical support regarding application forms. Enters application data into CAYUSE. Reviews all research application documents and signs internal Review & Approval forms for the School of Public Health (SPH) Dean; forwards applications electronically to the Health Science Center Office of Sponsored Projects for their review and approval.

- Reviews completed (with science parts) research applications to ensure all requirements of the funding opportunity announcement are met; submits application to sponsor or notifies Office of Sponsored Projects to submit application to sponsor. Enters application data into SPH Access research database.

- Assists faculty with 'Just-in-Time' sponsor requests and project continuation progress reports. Assists with requirements due at award time such as reduced budgets, Internal Review Board (IRB) approvals, effort reduction letters to sponsor, etc. Assists with post-award activities such as award review, account projections, and re-budgeting/other letters requiring sponsor notification or prior approval. Updates SPH Access research database as necessary for post-award activities.

- Works with transferring in/out faculty in regard to the transfer of their active projects. Provides training and training materials for all aspects of a research project's life, including application, 'Just-in-Time,' account guarantees, and project continuation progress report preparation. Assists with preparing and/or updating EHGES grants management procedures manual for pre-award team assigned activities.

Organizational Requirements
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of four years experience or relevant work experience in lieu of education. Effective communication and negotiation skills. Database and spreadsheet skills

Departmental Requirements/Preferences
Required skills include: MS Word, MS Excel spreadsheets, MS Access database software, eRA Commons, and application processing.
Ability to meet internal and external grant application deadlines.
Must be able to work flexible hours during peak processing cycles, if necessary.
Ability to work well in a team setting.
Must be able to work with various faculty and staff throughout the Division.
Must have a strong ability to interpret funding opportunity announcement guidelines and instructions.
Must possess skills in calculation of budgets and analyzing information.
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must be very detail oriented.
Must possess excellent interpersonal skills.
Works with deadlines set by funding agencies and UTHSCH Office of Sponsored Projects which may create pressure situations.
Must have knowledge of federal and non-federal research policies and procedures and how they relate to applications being submitted.

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