Research Administrator

University Of Southern California Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 1 month ago

USC's Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) is seeking a Research Administrator to join its team at the Health Science Campus. The Research Administrator will work closely with faculty, day-to-day with the guidance of the Senior Research Administrator, the Office of Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA), Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG), and the Keck School of Medicine Office of Research Administration. Review external funding agencies to facilitate the exchange of information and provide technical and administrative services associated with pre-award and post-award administration of sponsored projects.

Prepares complex proposals within parameters of sponsored and non-sponsored research guidelines. Develops, prepares, revises, and finalizes project budgets, and provides budget justification.

Collaborates with Office of Sponsored Research to ensure awards are set up properly, including cost-sharing requirements are fulfilled. Reviews and approves expenditures. Develops and communicates reports supporting project status.

Manages contract closeout process and audits inquiries. Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME). Interprets complex University and government policies. Identifies and implements process improvements.

May negotiate and communicate with federal and state sponsors, industry sponsors, other institutions, and/or University schools or divisions in regard to application issues. Maintains currency on changes within legal, regulatory, competitive economic and technology environments which may affect specialized programs. Recruits, screens, hires, trains and directly supervises all assigned.

The annual base salary range for this position is $96,228 - $105,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with NIH grants

  • 5 years of contracts and grants administration experience

  • Experience using Workday

  • Experience in a academic/university and/or research setting

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 5 Years

Minimum Field of Experience:

Expert knowledge and fluency of governmental regulations (e.g. FAR, A-21, A-110, A-133, CAS). Knowledge and ability to understand, interpret, and communicate University policies and procedures.

Excellent oral, written, and communication skills. Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel and web-based tools.

Strong accounting skills; knowledge of accounting principles. Expert in project management, including managing international collaborations and complex multi-sub award contracts. Knowledge of personnel management, including proposing effort for and training and hiring of students, post-doctorals, academic appointments, regular staff, bargaining unit staff, and consultants,

along with the circumstances appropriate for each type of position.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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