Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Business Specialist for the Department of Plant Biology. This position reports to the Department Business Manager. The Business Specialist independently manages financial administration of state and non-state budgets in the large research, teaching and outreach department of Plant Biology at SEBS/NJAES. The position also serves as liaison with collaborative institutions and sponsor agencies regarding the specifics of individual grant proposals and awards, as well as with the Rutgers Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Office of Corporate Contracts (OCC), Rutgers University Foundation, and SEBS Office of Grants Facilitation.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Oversees administration of assigned accounts within the unit (including state-budgeted, designated, auxiliary, restricted, plant, gifts, endowments and sponsored research accounts) for faculty with active externally-funded research programs. Provides administrative support for pre-award operations.
Provides budget development assistance to faculty in their on-going efforts to obtain external grant/contract support.
Provides training to department faculty regarding RFP interpretation of agency requirements, and preparation of Rutgers internal Research Administration and Proposal Submission System (RAPSS) documents, eCOI disclosures/research certifications, and grant submission procedures.
Insures that all financial activity is in compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as with requirements of individual granting agencies.
Manages, analyzes and reconciles accounts and prepares internal financial reports for use by individual faculty and for departmental planning.
Coordinate and organizes documentation in preparation of sub-awards and sub-contracts as per requirements of SEBS, Rutgers GCA and ORSP.
Performs professional work requiring detailed specialized knowledge of the organization, including its structure, operations, strategies and objectives.
Applies concepts, theories, practices, regulations and principles to all financial and grant/development activities within the unit to achieve successfully funded research programs in Plant Biology
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
A minimum of two years(2) relevant experience in a financial/accounting function, good communication skills, and computer literacy.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and practices.
Specialized knowledge of grant restrictions/regulations and interpretation of specific sponsor agency requirements.
Proficiency in preparation and submission of research grant proposals through the federal on-line Grants.gov portal, NSF FastLane.
Working knowledge of Rutgers system to system RAPSS portal for grant submissions.
Experience or expertise in higher education grants management preferred.
Working knowledge of system-to-system portals for federal grant submission, thorough understanding of federal agency policies and Uniform Guidance.
Proficiency in Oracle financial ledgers and other web-based programs (e.g., Tableau, Fund Driver).
Excel, Microsoft Word, Access, Powerpoint, Adobe,Marketplace/ SciQuest, Oracle e-cloud financials, and Tableau
Completion of ORED's S.P.A.C.E certificate program which covers topics relevant to sponsored research funding within the first two years.
Posting Number: 20ST0133
Location: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Internal Number: 109516
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