Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: WCAS Chemistry Salary/Grade: EXS/8
Provides administrative leadership by incorporating a significant amount of experience in support of unit's research programs and mission. May provide sole support to a small to mid-sized unit, or support a portion of activities in a larger unit. Using extensive research administration experience within the same unit, coordinates all aspects of multiple grant &/or contract pre- & post-award activities. Assists in developing new funding opportunities & strategic plans regarding grants &/or contracts by providing guidance & counsel in regard to grant &/or contract administration which includes attending internal & external meetings, interpreting clauses, reviewing contracts, & resolving reporting &/or expense problems. Reviews associated policy & procedures & recommends changes to increase productivity & effectiveness.
Please Note: Supervisor provides overall objectives & in consultation with EE develops deadlines. Work is reviewed for fulfillment of objectives & overall compliance with policy & procedures. EE completes majority of activities without direction; consulting with supervisor only in regard to new or unusual circumstances.
EE uses judgment & an extensive amount of experience to adapt an advanced knowledge of skills, methods, practices, policies & procedures & a moderate degree of innovation, analysis, & reasoning to plan & prioritize work that is primarily project oriented & involves some extremely difficult problems &/or decisions. EE interprets policy.
As time and budget allows:
New-"Brown Bag"-Interested in becoming an RA?
Need more "How To:" sessions such as:
Fill out internal & external paperwork
Create & review budget
Review sponsor guidelines
Read a solicitation
Five University Business Processes classes (HR700, HR705, HR715, HR725, HR740)New-"Brown Bag"-Interested in becoming an RA?
NU-ORI-Res Dam Training session
SCS course: Grantsmanship for the Research Professional
NCURA-National Council of University Research Administrators/SRA - Society of Research Administrators International (regional or national meetings)
Certified Research Administrator (CRA)
ASRSP effort reporting 101
NU Financials budget reconciliation and reporting
Audit & Advisory best practices
Typically administers multiple research projects such as:
Complex multi-PI or multi-unit proposals, grants &/or contracts
DOD and industry awards
Proposals with cost sharing
Non-funded negotiations such as NDAs, user agreements
Manages pre-award administration of grants and &/or contracts.
Coordinates proposal submission.
Coordinates budget and justification preparation.
Completes sponsor and university proposal forms.
Coordinates IRB and IACUC protocols; sub-recipients, facilities, administrative costs, space, and co-investigator agreements.
Creatively and proactively evaluates and resolves problems and makes decisions.
Coordinates post-award activities.
Monitors execution of all financial transactions in research portfolio.
Forecasts & provides information for reports on financial status of projects.
Manages day-to-day financial functions.
Completes expenditure reviews.
Reconciles monthly payroll entries.
Verifies & processes cost share entries.
Proposes resolutions to overdrafts.
Prepares interim & final financial reports.
Facilitates account close out activities.
Participates in efforts to improve research administration including serving on university committees related to research administration.
Provide leadership by cooperatively anticipating, coordinating, strategizing
Three years minimum Research Administration Experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Be able to use the following software: InfoEd, MS Word, MS Excel, PeopleSoft Financials
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40941
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.