Essential Functions: Plan, develop, oversee and implement post award project activities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Perform needs assessment to evaluate effectiveness of current systems. Assist with formulating policies, procedures and processes to improve research operations of the college.Develop and implement related changes or adjustments. Conduct cost/benefit analysis and especially pertaining to cost sharing and new faculty set-up funding. Serves in the absence of the Director of Business Affairs. Possess signature authority.Train professional staff (e.g. Grant/Contract Administrators, etc.) throughout the college in appropriate methods and procedures pertaining to grant and contract post awards. Make presentations, develop tools and manuals, create and maintain a college research website. Evaluate the effectiveness of the training and make appropriate changes/adjustments. Evaluate staff progress and make recommendations.Direct and oversee selection, training and evaluation of Grant/Contract Administrators in service units and have an indirect supervision role of professional staff that administer grants/contracts within the college's departments/programs/centers/institutes. Provide direction on methods and procedures. Manage and oversee workflow of professional financial staff in the college's service units. Oversee compliance of post award policies and procedures. Assist, monitor, process and review in a timely manner cost sharing submissions, cost share accounts, accounts in suspense, change in labor distribution and redistribution, P.I. effort reporting and close-out documents for sponsored projects. Verify deficits in a timely manner and assist with clearing to an appropriate index. Identify grants in their late stages to ensure that the funds have been effectively and efficiently utilized and remain within budget. Take corrective actions if necessary. Perform audits on grants/contracts to ensure administrators are performing adequate account reconciliations and complying with award. Assist in transfers of grants to/from WSU or transition of PI. Oversee asset inventory process for grants.Provide management reports on grant proposals and funded grants for management decision making purposes. Maintain a college database. Prepare a wide variety of statistical and administrative reports and analysis, summaries, surveys and questionnaires regarding program activities.Serve as a resource to faculty and other staff within the college by providing information and guidance on appropriate use of sponsored project funds. Serve as a primary liaison between principal investigators and SPA to identify and resolve problems and answer inquiries regarding university or funding agency guidelines, policies and procedures. Attend conferences, workshops and informational development seminars and keep abreast of current trends and practices pertaining to post award administration. Serve on college and University-wide committees and meetings. Hold college-wide staff meetings on regular basis.Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or equivalent combination of experience and education. Minimum of 2-3 years' experience related to grant and contract post award activities and oversight, and preferably in a Dean's Office or large research department.Minimum of 2-3 years of demonstrated experience in training staff in appropriate methods and procedures and preferably at the college level.Project Management: Ability to independently manage a variety of projects while ensuring appropriate tracking, quality control, follow-up and multiple deadlines are met. Strong time management.Communication Skills: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally, both orally and in writing. Strong presentation and training skills.Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Extensive knowledge of Banner FMS, COGNOS, COEUS and WSU Researcher Dashboard.Planning and Organizational Skills: Demonstrated capacity for multi-tasking, flexibility in face of changing priorities, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Prioritize and plan work activities; adapt to changing conditions and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.Management Skills: Outstanding strategic thinking skills and problem solving abilities. Demonstrating success in training staff in methods and procedures. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Proven ability to motivate people and foster collaborations, and inspire confidence to meet common objectives. Analytical Skills: Ability to interpret and analyze financial reports or other quantitative reports and compile data if necessary in clear and concise format for management decision making.
Internal Number: 76_207063
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.