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Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $69,100 to $88,500; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Reporting to the Principal Investigator at the Research Program on Children and Adversity at Boston College School of Social Work, the Associate Director, Grant Administration is responsible for overseeing the fiscal and procedural requirements of RPCA grants including the development of appropriate financial controls and procedures, related procurement needs, working with pre- and post-award sponsored administration, budgeting, and financial reporting and forecasting. To this end, s/he works with the Principal Investigator, Associate Director of Research, Administrative Manager, and Program Managers to provide high level strategic guidance and forecasting on finance and research-related matters for RPCA.
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) focuses on improving protections and care for children, youth, and families facing multiple forms of adversity, including due to armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The Program is devoted to applied cross-cultural research in health and human rights. RPCA research directly addresses strategies and methods to close the global implementation gap in providing protections and effective services for individuals in adversity. Highly active and continually growing, the RPCA currently has an annual research expenditure of approximately $2,000,000.
The Associate Director, Grant Administration manages multiple sources of funding: including federal restricted funds, grants, gifts and contracts. S/he performs complex analyses and audit function to assure accuracy and compliance with internal and external regulations and monitors appropriate budget spending in coordination with the principle investigator and program manager. S/he works independently and uses a high degree of discretion in interpreting and implementing policies and procedures. S/he also works with program managers and PIs on a consistent basis providing them with briefings and analyses to help ensure successful implementation of research projects.
Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financial operations, including maintaining stability and solvency for grant related purchases and adhering and interpreting policies for grant funding, particularly Federal regulations and NIH policies.
Essential functions include:
Program Operations (20%): Advise on long-term financial viability of RPCA given multiple grants and contracts from various sources with differing project end dates. Locate, identify and evaluate sources of outside funding on own accord. Develop new budget proposals, forecast ongoing budgets and monitor the resulting awards received for academic and research projects and programs. Create internal guidelines to ensure compliance of University and Governmental regulations, and in particular with NIH policies. Develop reporting mechanisms and financial models to analyze the financial viability of the RPCA and ensure healthy funding and growth. Develop and administer salary plans for RPCA staff. Oversee effort reporting for unit. Serve as point person for finance.
Grant Proposal Preparation (30%): Assist Faculty Director, PIs, Program Manager and other staff to develop grant applications and ensure timely and successful submission. Manage pre award proposal development for NIH and other sponsored projects. Work with OSP to negotiate sub agreements and manages pre-award financial relationships with sponsors and sub-contractors.
Grant Administration (50%): Arrange and provide monitoring, support and capacity building to management of subcontracts with low- resource setting country partner organizations (i.e. non-governmental organizations based in sub-Saharan Africa, etc.) Interpret regulations and guidelines of multiple funding sources with complex and broad guidelines for spending. Supervise the processing of invoices and day to day monitoring of budgets. Responsible for fulfilling programmatic reporting requirements of the funding organization. Oversee drafting, editing and uploading of NIH and other sponsored project required reporting. Manage post award research administration for NIH and other sponsored projects. Serve as point person for Office of Sponsored Programs.
This is a demanding position that requires a flexible work schedule to meet deadlines. Evenings and weekends may be necessary.
Work takes place in a general office setting.
Boston College conducts background checks, including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.
Bachelor's Degree, MBA preferred. Strong written and oral communication, analytical thinking, resourceful problem solving skills required. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion. Proficient knowledge of PeopleSoft, Excel and Word. Expert in grant accounting, federal regulations (NIH in particular) and post award administration. Expert in pre-award grant management. Expert in developing budgets, forecasts and cost projections. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Must be able to multitask and prioritize frequently changing needs. 5+ years of progressive grant and contract experience. Knowledge of sponsored research regulations and experience with NIH grants, especially those in international settings and in low resource settings required. Experience with administering grants in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred. Proven competence in developing budgets, forecasts and cost projections Previous exposure to low and middle income areas and community based partner/subcontractors preferred.
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.