As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.The Office of Research and Graduate Education (RGE) in the School of Medicine (SoM) promotes and facilitates research, teaching and science training within the UW Medicine community. We do so by building and enhancing infrastructure, providing UW Medicine and University leadership with strategic information and analysis, fostering an open and collaborative environment, streamlining processes, and maximizing opportunities for achievements in research and education. The Office of Research and Graduate Education has an outstanding opportunity for a Compliance Analyst to perform research grant proposal and contract reviews, collaboratively engage in workflow engineering to maximize quality and efficiency, train and coach grant preparers on SoM proposal submission requirements and best practices, and monitor and report to RGE leadership on changing pre- and post-award policy and regulatory requirements affecting grants and contracts work in SoM. RGE's Grant Review Unit is a critical link in SoM's research success. We partner with department-level grant preparers and central University reviewers to optimize each proposal's readiness in advance of frequent deadlines. The Grant Review Compliance Analysts are the senior authorities and experts within SoM regarding proposal compliance across all SoM research sites and all non-gift, non-MOU extramural grant and contract funding mechanisms. Our small team screens and addresses a range of UW, agency and SoM requirements associated with investigators, agencies, budgets, facilities, human or animal subjects, and scope of work. Efficient attention to detail, customer orientation, and proficiency in learning and applying policies and regulations are essential. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Research and Graduate Education, the Compliance Analyst holds independent review authority and shares responsibility in the two-person Grant Review team for the administrative and fiscal review and approval of all research-related grant and contract submissions within SoM's very large research enterprise. To achieve a 100% success rate in reviewing critical requirements within deadline, efficient handling of detailed review work in the Grant Review team is essential. The incumbent will bring skilled analysis and the ability to prioritize, a collaborative approach to resolving immediate challenges, and the desire to improve workflows within a team environment. To ensure grant materials are complete and fully compliant with all requirements the Grant Review team plays a key role in the onboarding and skills development of grants management staff in SoM departments and service groups. The Compliance Analyst provides guidance and coaching as well as training opportunities. This position represents SoM on campus-wide planning and user advisory groups pertaining to grant pre- and post-award processes and funding agency policies. The Compliance Analyst is responsible for briefing RGE leadership on new federal and University research requirements that may impact the SoM research enterprise.This position independently authorizes SoM faculty investigators to submit approximately 4,500 research proposals each year valued at more than $1.2B per year. The resulting awards are valued above $625M yearly, supporting faculty salaries, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate programs. This volume and success is greater than nearly all other U.S. academic institutions and is approximately half of the University's entire portfolio of proposed research. RGE's Grant Review team is the only academic unit-level office within UW that operates at this scale. Precision, expertise and sound judgment are critical. This position provides an essential compliance function intended to screen and protect the SoM and the University before an award is made, and works closely with UW's Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure smooth routing of the time-sensitive submissions that make UW a global leader in research.JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESGrant compliance review and policy enforcementIn a high-volume environment, analyze complex and diverse proposal applications for compliance with SoM requirements. Apply broad knowledge of UW and funding agency policies to ensure compliance with applicable SoM, University, and agency policies before approval.Evaluate proposal documentation of available resources and commitments to federal and other granting agencies. Pursue additional documentation as required for incomplete or unclear draft proposals.Approve proposal applications and related documents as the Dean's representative and route to the Office of Sponsored Programs.Proactively identify significantly non-compliant proposal packages and assist the investigators' departments with resolution within short deadlines.Communicate regarding specific proposals and grants, and emerging policy issues, with the Office of Sponsored Programs, Grant and Contract Accounting, the Human Subjects Division, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, School of Medicine's Offices of Facilities and Business Affairs, and other institutional offices to assure streamlined and consistent handling of all proposals and awards.Identify novel or high risk/high profile grant mechanisms requiring advance support or escalated review. Triage unusual requirements, assure required grant elements and proposal compliance requirements are met. Brief the Vice Dean on routing proposals as needed, on occasion. Liaison with the UW Office of Sponsored Programs, academic departments and other UW units to ensure all proposal responsibilities are fully executed.-Monitor SoM-relevant limited opportunities requiring an internal nomination/selection process. Manage SoM announcement and selection process to ensure all routing proposals for limited opportunities are authorized applicants.Prepare reports and provide analyses to the Vice Dean-RGE and others as requested by RGE leadership.Assure all confidential information is protected.Training and OutreachProvide one-on-one and small group training to achieve highly skilled grant preparers throughout SoM. Serve as a SoM resource regarding grant submission requirements and solutions.Develop, maintain and refresh staff-oriented educational materials to aid preparers, including website content, checklists, reference guides, and topical handouts. Identify and address new topics and emerging compliance concerns affecting pre- and post-award processes to supplement UW-wide information.Identify and promote best practices during grant review processes.Partner with service groups and departments to enhance training opportunities; lead and facilitate information and training sessions as needed.Create and edit orientation materials as needed to support training needs. Serve as a resource to faculty and staff regarding grant submission requirements.Participate in SoM's Research Administrator Peer Network and MSA Research Workgroup as both a member and a proactive resource. Collaborate with group leaders to address departments' learning needs, and to advocate for SoM interests.Partner with the SoM Clinical Trials Office as needed to address pre-award issues pertaining to clinical trials.Participate in SoM and campuswide working groups and committees as assigned.Policy Implementation, Interpretation and DevelopmentActively monitor, review, interpret and apply policy knowledge relevant to extramurally funded research requirements including proposal development, financial management, grant reporting, and other compliance requirements.Collaborate with Grant Review team members to assess and consistently implement changes to policies and procedures of SoM and UW as required to ensure a unified single, well-aligned review process across the Grant Review team. Collaborate with other schools and colleges as opportunity presents to achieve consistent standards for multi-school research proposals.Advise faculty investigators and departmental staff in meeting institutional and funding agency policies and standards including budget development, eligibility to submit proposals, resource commitments, regulatory compliance parameters, intellectual property policies, and more.Assist RGE leadership and partners in the analysis of and planning for institutional and school-level policies affecting proposal development and other grant requirements. Serve on SOM planning and user groups as assigned by the RGE Director.Serve on ad hoc teams and committee assignments as required to assure services and policies which serve SOM research activities.Process Management and Tool DevelopmentParticipate in streamlining Grant Review Team and SoM business processes, developing and refining Grant Analyst tools and tracking solutions.Maintain and edit robust and accurate guidance and online resources to standardize reviewer requirements, and in response to changing review criteria, new regulatory requirements, and workflow improvements.Develop and update processes and resources as necessary to effectively respond to changes in policy, business requirements, or other aspects of SoM's research enterprise. Work with RGE's Analytical Services unit to identify and realize opportunities for improvements to tools and tracking systems.OtherPerform other duties as assigned.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSMaster's Degree in business, law, public administration, or other relevant field.Six plus years of experience in:Grant or contract preparation and/or administration.Interpretation and application of grant policy, including federal, non-profit, and for-profit funding entities.Ability to independently prioritize work and consistently follow well-structured procedures in a high volume production environment.Outstanding customer service skills.Ability to work effectively and efficiently as a team member.Outstanding written and oral communication skills.Ability to teach and mentor others in group, telephone, and email settings.Ability to translate technical information into practical instructions.Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.Using web-based solutions.DESIREDExperience in biomedical research grant submissions, including clinical trials.Experience in an academic research setting.Skill in presenting and teaching technical content to non-technical audiences.Knowledge of complex, enterprise financial and payroll data systems.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTThe SoM Grants Review Unit manages a significant volume of compliance reviews and consultations as well as engagement in training, process improvement, and committee participation. Work priorities shift in response to fluctuating demands. Full time schedules are assumed to be at least 40 hours, however incumbents are expected to remain flexible to accommodate the unit's goals and mission, and to work beyond their normal schedule when necessary.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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