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Pre-Award Grants and Contracts Specialists (Grants and Contracts Specialist 1 or 2), UCP 6 or 7

Apply now Search #: 493576
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services (OVPR-SPS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is actively recruiting for two highly motivated and experienced Grants and Contracts Specialists (open rank) with a Pre-Award skillset to join our (centralized) Pre-Award and Faculty Services proposal support, review and submission teams.

Under the direction of a Team Lead supervisor in the OVPR-SPS, these positions will provide specialized professional administrative guidance, oversight and assistance to faculty, department administrators and shared service staff to facilitate University research and sponsored program activity, in accordance with federal and state laws, sponsor guidelines and University policy and procedure.


Providing technical assistance to faculty, department administrators and shared service staff with the development and submission of accurate grant and contract proposals and budgets to external sponsors; maintaining current knowledge of federal and state laws, sponsor guidelines and University policy and procedures; maintaining superior customer service orientation; exercising sound judgment in clarifying and resolving issues of concern; making recommendations for improvement of current practices; maintaining complete records and documentation; and other duties as assigned.  

Additional duties performed at the level of Grants and Contracts Specialist 2 (UCP 7)

Handling of a project portfolio of significant complexity, requiring an advanced level of knowledge and experience; coordinating and assisting with prioritizing team workload and/or implementing, managing, and being a change agent of a functional, operational or high-risk area of responsibility (i.e., cost sharing, over the cap salaries, and new electronic systems, etc.); developing and presenting training materials and serving as a resource to colleagues both internal and external to Sponsored Program Services; contributes to workflow, business process and policy improvements.

For a full list of duties and responsibilities please refer to the position descriptions located at https://ovpr.uconn.edu/about/careers/.    


Bachelor’s degree and four years (or eight years of commensurate) education/experience in a complex business organization, industry, or governmental/regulatory agency involving accounting, budgeting, contracting, or equivalency; two to four years of working knowledge of federal laws and regulations regarding grants and contracts, or demonstrated equivalency; customer service orientation and experience working with a diverse constituency; excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; effective time management, follow-through and organizational skills; ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high-volume and deadline driven environment; ability to work well flexibly, independently, and as a contributing member of a team; thorough working knowledge of PC-based tools including Microsoft Office Suite; ability to problem-solve and maintain professional composure while working under pressure of internal and external deadlines; ability to adhere to work schedule during business hours of operation with schedule flexibility to ensure that deadlines can be met.

Additional minimum qualifications to be considered for the rank of Grants & Contracts Specialist 2 (UCP 7)

Four years of experience in a complex organization with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and serve as a liaison between granting agencies, University administration, principal investigators, or equivalency; in-depth knowledge of OMB Circulars A-81 (Uniform Guidance); ability to write/interpret technical contract language applicable to sponsored research and understand its implications; ability to manage a project portfolio of significant complexity, requiring an advanced level of knowledge and experience; ability to coordinate a team workload and/or manage/operationalize a high-risk sponsored research area/function/activity; ability to develop and deliver technical training.


Bachelor’s degree; prior experience with the development, review and electronic submission of budgets and grant proposal applications; experience with electronic research administration systems (such as grants.gov, Fastlane, eRA Commons); experience working in an institution of higher education. 


These are 35-hour per week, full-time, 12-month permanent positions, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut (outlined here:  https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/).  Rank and salary will be commensurate experience.


Please apply online at www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, Search #493576. Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website and should include a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.  Inquiries may be addressed to Laurie Pudlo, Administrative Manager, at laurie.pudlo@uconn.edu.

For detailed internal job descriptions for these positions, please visit the OVPR Careers web page: https://ovpr.uconn.edu/about/careers/

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 31, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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