Sponsored Projects Administrator - College of Fine Arts-2015326
: Job Summary
Does the idea of a diverse sponsored account portfolio inspire you? If so, we are seeking a Sponsored Research Administrator to join the College of Fine Arts' (CFA) sponsored projects team!
We are a dynamic community of nationally and internationally recognized artists, designers and scholars within a constellation of five professional schools - Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music - and associated centers and programs. The schools are internationally known for their trans-disciplinary capabilities and distinctive pedagogical approaches, for the success and influence of their students and alumni, for the forward-thinking leadership in the development and transformation of the professions, for their innovative research, and for their vital roles in melding the outstanding capabilities of a phenomenal university with culture and society.
CFA's Sponsored Projects office reports directly to the Dean's Office at the center of the five school constellation. Our two-person team handles the research administration from cradle to grave for the entire College. We have the opportunity to work with faculty who are artists, performers, musicians, architects and designers on a broad range of grants, contracts, and agreements. Despite all falling under the category of "Fine Arts", the fields are distinctively different. Each School has its own administrative structure and processes. You will bring a flexible nature and an open mind that can support this variation with ease.
The arts generate intriguing questions and challenges, such as issues related to intellectual property development, what is and isn't "research", and how to accomplish outcomes on limited budgets. Your role will involve in-depth interpretation of program solicitations, the Federal Uniform Guidance, as well as terms, conditions, rules, and regulations from a broad scope of both public and private funding sources. You will participate in daily decision-making for both pre-award preparation and post-award monitoring.
A primary aspect of this role is financial management. The ideal candidate will be experienced in generating complex budgets and know how to think creatively with numbers. The faculty will expect you to be able to generate various forecasting scenarios on the fly. This is an exciting and multifaceted position for a research administrator who thrives on a high level of responsibility.
You will also have the gift of being a part of the larger Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) community. We are a private, global research university that stands among the world's most premier education institutions. You will be encouraged to join the CMU Research Administration Council, where we share practices and network with our colleagues from all of the prestigious schools and programs.
Core responsibilities will include:
Facilitate monthly expenditure reporting, forecasting, effort tracking and variance analysis for principal investigators;
Interpret regulations and guidelines for program submission and funding (both university and agency); advise faculty on various options/scenarios that can be used in proposal planning and execution; develop forecasts and budgets and handle post-award management through renewal or close-out;
Serve as a liaison between principal investigators and external sponsors, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) and the Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) Office, and other peer departments;
Regularly monitor agreements and contracts to ensure that the terms and conditions are executed accurately and in compliance;
Facilitate ongoing communication with principal investigators regarding potential funding opportunities;
Initiate and review all department sponsored research transactions to include Purchase Orders, Procurement Card Verification Reports, Expense Reimbursements and Travel Requests;
Assist the Senior Manager in the preparation of the college sponsored research budget, forecast and variance analysis as part of the financial review process; prepare financial reports for the college and department as needed and requested; and
Perform related duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business/Business Administration, Finance or other relevant field required;
Certified Research Administrator certification preferred;
At least one year of relevant sponsored research administration or accounting experience required; and
Higher education experience preferred.
Please visit " Why Carnegie Mellon " to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world!
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
Job Function: Grants Administration
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Internal Number: 2015326
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.