Post Award Research Administrator

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jan 08, 2022
May 04, 2022
Full Time
Post Award Research Administrator The George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Post Award Research Administrator. This position reports to the Associate Director, Post Award Services. 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 Post Award Research Administrator (RA) will provide post award research administration services to faculty of several different CHSS departments/research centers. The RA will use knowledge of grant and contract management rules and regulations, technical expertise and analytical skills to support a variety of post award research activities. The RA serves a critical role of mitigating risks and ensuring compliance with university, state, federal and sponsor rules and regulations. The RA will manage complex financial activities for a wide variety of research and a multitude of sponsors. Position duties will include but is not limited to:Award setup, review and management;Reconciliation, monitoring and forecasting of award financials;Prepare financial adjustments and corrections; working with PIs and departments to mitigate financial risk;Labor allocation and direct expenditure processing and approvals; to include monitoring of subcontract invoices, human subject payments, cost share, PI effort, hiring actions and other research related expenditures;Provide oversight and regular review of all financial transactions to research projects to ensure expenses are allowable, allocable, reasonable and consistent;Work with PIs to request post award modifications such as no cost extensions, re-budgeting requests, changes in scope, carryover requests and other changes to award;Assist with preparation of financial reports, award closeouts and/or award transfers;Ensure project financial compliance following university, state, federal and sponsor guidelines and maintains appropriate post award documentation/files; andInteract regularly with and provide high quality customer service to faculty members conducting sponsored research and coordinate post award activities within the CHSS Dean's Office and Office of Sponsored Programs. Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience;Knowledge of and ability to learn, interpret and apply a variety of federal, state, sponsor and university policies, rules and regulations; Experience with reconciling expenses and monitoring/forecasting financials;Excellent communication skills;Ability to multitask, prioritize work effectively and ensure attention to detail;Ability to work collaboratively and meet deadlines; andProficiency with MS Office products.Preferred Qualifications:Minimum of 3 years' experience in sponsored programs administration; Knowledge and experience with sponsored projects management systems; Experience in higher education institutions; andCertified Research Administrator or similar accreditation. About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS):The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is one of Mason's largest colleges, offering 19 undergraduate majors, 65 minors, 10 doctoral degrees, 18 master's, and 13 graduate certificates, to an enrolled student population of 7,390 as of fall 2021. CHSS has about 400 full-time faculty, 100 staff, 12 postdocs, 400 graduate assistants and 200 part-time faculty. Its faculty and students are highly active in research, with external research funding to the college averaging $15-$20 million annually. CHSS is at the educational heart of the University, and the liberal arts tradition of broad and integrative learning that our faculty support through courses for the Mason Core as well as for the college's own majors and minors prepares students exceptionally well for economically successful and civically engaged lives. Our faculty take great pride in being active scholar-teachers, and research is a vital part of the undergraduate and graduate student experience. The College is rooted in intellectual leadership tied to real-world outcomes on regional, national, and global levels. Our faculty are committed partners in innovative programs, service offerings, and strategic alliances that strengthen the public and private sectors of the community. See: for more information.

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