Search #: 495084
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts
The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services, is recruiting for an early career financial services professional (Grants and Contracts Assistant) to process post-awarded grant financial transactions and provide grant-related portfolio and customer-service support. Under the direction of a senior staff member in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services, this position coordinates and performs specialized administrative and financial activities required for the processing and oversight of sponsored research awards and contracts.
This is an early career position in the field of Research Administration, requiring a bachelor’s degree and experience processing documents, record-keeping and performing data-entry; interpreting guidelines and procedures; and performing mathematical calculations and financial transactions in a customer/client-focused environment.
Sponsored Program Services (SPS) assists faculty with the administration of sponsored program activities to reduce administrative burdens on researchers and department staff. Our goal is to help faculty win more grants and provide comprehensive pre- and post-award services, including:
- Budget development assistance and review
- Proposal review and submission
- Industry contract review and negotiation
- Guidance and consultation on grant-related questions
- Assistance with intercampus award applications
- Set up of new grant and contract awards and related budgets in UConn’s accounting system
- Assistance with and processing of budget adjustments
- Final financial report preparation
- Proposal preparation and award management support through a shared service program (Faculty Services) to participating Schools and Colleges
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The area of specialization for this position is Post-award/Financial Services, and examples of duties include:
- Set-up of grant and sponsored project financial accounts in accordance with the terms of the award;
- Monitoring expenditures, performing financial transactions, preparing invoices and reports;
- Maintaining records and documentation;
- Utilizing resources and developing professional networks to actively engage in experiential learning opportunities.
Examples of appropriate education and experience to be successful in this position include:
- Accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, financial services
- Organizational management, operational management, business administration
- Direct experience working in a complex institutional setting (education, higher education, hospital, regulatory or regulated industry)
- Direct experience, with personal accountability, working in a fast-paced, customer-facing environment
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Experience accurately performing mathematical calculations and/or processing financial transactions.
- Ability to interpret guidelines and procedures in resolving problems.
- Commitment to customer service, with demonstrated experience working in a customer-focused environment.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational, follow-through and project-management skills, with ability to multitask.
- Attention to timeliness, accuracy and completeness.
- Ability to work after usual business hours on occasion to meet business deadlines.
- Bachelor’s degree, plus two years of combined appropriate education and experience.
- Experience developing or working with budgets.
- Demonstrated experience performing financial transactions.
- Experience developing financial reports.
- Prior experience working with grants and contracts.
- Prior experience working in a higher education environment.
This is a full-time, permanent position, with a schedule of 35 hours per week. The University offers a competitive salary and outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salaries typically start at the minimum of the salary band and range to the mid-point for progressively experienced candidates. This position is based on the main campus in Storrs. Employees are currently telecommuting, until authorized to return to campus.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495084 and upload a resume and cover letter that illustrate how applicants (1) satisfy the education and experience requirements, and (2) effectively demonstrate how the qualifications required for the position are satisfied and contact information for three (3) professional references. Screening of applications will begin immediately, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 24, 2021.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on May 31, 2021.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.