Financial Services Specialist II

Fairfax, VA
Mar 23, 2017
May 08, 2017
Full Time

Job Category : Classified Staff

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Salary : Commensurate with education and experience.

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Senior Research Administrator

The George Mason University College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) seeks applicants for the position of Senior Research Administrator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: The position facilitates and coordinates the submission of proposal applications for externally sponsored funding and assists with providing a wide range of pre- and post-award support services to CEHD faculty and staff. Over the past few years, the college has annually submitted between 78-95 proposals with an associated value of $30-$50M. In FY 2016 the college had $12.7M in sponsored research expenditures, and currently has a diverse sponsored research funding portfolio that consists of federal, state, corporate and private foundation sponsored awards.

Proposal Submission/Pre-Award Support (60%): The primary responsibility of the Senior Research Administrator is to assist CEHD faculty with all aspects of proposal submission. The range of services includes: * Working with CEHD Principal Investigators to review solicitation requirements while also creating budgets that accurately reflect the effort and resource commitments of each proposal and that will ensure budgeted costs are allowable, appropriate rates are applied, cost share issues are addressed, and all proposal materials are finalized in time to complete the internal review process before final submission to the sponsor; * Providing guidance on project budgets, proposal guidelines and forms, and appropriate internal review procedures; as well as ensuring compliance with applicable sponsor, university, state and federal requirements; and * Maintaining the pre-award database for each proposal and submission and attend Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) pre-award meetings as requested.

Post-Award and Other Support (40%): This position is also expected to assist with post-award project management tasks and to provide senior financial research administrative management, oversight and support services for various grants and contracts housed in centers, institutes, labs and the Dean’s Office. The Senior Research Administrator will: * Forecast expenditures for budget amendments and sponsor required financial reporting requests; * Prepare spreadsheets that include monthly detailed expenditure information and analysis; * Review sub-award invoices to ensure financial compliance; * Prepare documentation, collect required approvals and process transactions as needed; * Perform monthly reconciliations; * Maintain files on the shared drive for assigned funds; * Assist in the creation of college-wide research administration policies and procedures and the development of division-level training; * Maintain up-to-date content on the CEHD Research Administration Services website; and * Attend CEHD and OSP post-award meetings as requested.

Required Qualifications: * Bachelors degree in a related field and/or three years of experience working in research or grants administration; * Demonstrated experience in proposal preparation, development and submission; * Strong understanding of proposal submission guidelines and business practices, generally accepted accounting principles and cost accounting standards, federal 2 CFR 200 uniform guidance, and Federal Acquisition Regulations; * Ability to effectively interpret federal, state, university and sponsor-specific guidelines, policies and procedures; * Must be self-motivated; highly organized; and possess strong time management skills in order to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and have the ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; and * Attention to detail and the ability to multitask and work independently and in a team setting are essential in this position.

Preferred Qualifications: * Formal certification in research administration (Certified Research Administrator, Certified Financial Research Administrator, or Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator).

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 10355z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter (that addresses your specific interest in the position, and outlines skills and experiences that directly relate to this position), resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report Up and Coming spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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