Senior Research Administrator

Fairfax, VA
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 29, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time
"Senior Research Administrator

The George Mason University College of Science invites well-qualified candidates to apply for our Senior Research Administrator position. 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 Senior Research Administrator position is part of the college-level administration and serves a critical role in supporting the college's faculty in their research activities, focusing primarily on pre-award management and, in a more limited capacity, post-award management.

Specific duties * Manages all aspects and phases of sponsored project funding proposals for two of the College's major research centers and an associated academic department; * Facilitates the submission of proposal applications for externally sponsored funding on behalf of the faculty in coordination with Principal Investigators (PIs), various internal/external stakeholders, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. This includes assisting center/departmental faculty/PIs in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals with accurate budget justifications in a timely manner; * Ensures costs are allowable, appropriate rates are applied, cost share issues are resolved, and that the budget and justification are finalized in time to complete the internal review process before submission to the sponsor. This is accomplished, in part, by advising the PI on budget adjustments and revisions necessary to meet the sponsor requirements; * Assists with post-award project management tasks and provides support services for the assigned units and centers; * Monitors compliance with agency and University regulations regarding proposal submission; verifies all financial information to include application of the appropriate overhead rate for the project; * Advises the PI on administrative requirements in preparing proposal submissions; * Ensures all applications meet agency and university guidelines and published timetables and deadlines, including management of the just-in-time process; * Confers with PI and pre-award support staff at collaborating institutions to secure necessary sub-award documents for proposals; * Coordinates and reviews certain proposal elements (development, biosketches, current and pending reports, and facilities & resources) for consistency, accuracy, and completeness; * Reviews proposals for consistency with sponsor guidelines on budget, format, font size, page limits excluding narrative content (obtain and review sponsor guidelines); * Monitors proposal status and advises PI on requirements and deadlines associated with research protection protocols; * Collaborates with the staff in the Office of Sponsored Programs and serves as the liaison to the Principal Investigator to ensure timely and accurate proposal submission.

Required Qualifications * Bachelor's degree (or equivalent training and experience) in a closely related field; * Significant demonstrated experience in proposal preparation, budget development and submission; * Experience with all types of award mechanisms (grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements); * Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and typical sponsor rules/regulations pertaining to sponsored research; * Ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional, and departmental policies; * Ability to manage high-volume transactions; * Demonstrated ability to research, investigate, analyze, and interpret proposal, award, fiscal and compliance requirements; * Demonstrated experience in a collaborative work environment; * Highly developed, clear and effective communication skills (verbal and non-verbal); * Strong organizational and analytical skills, problem solving skills, and high attention to detail; * Intermediate to expert level Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word skills.

Preferred Qualifications * Certified Research Administrator, Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator, or a GMU Research Administrator Certificate holder; * A basic understanding of the type of the research, training, and outreach being performed in the College of Science; * Knowledge of George Mason University research administration policies and procedures.

About Us: With a mission to produce science that enhances society, the College of Science undertakes pioneering research endeavors that are integrated with academic programs to offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world. For more information, visit us on the web at ."

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

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 Mason's 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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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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