Brown University — Grants and Contracts Specialist

Job Description:

The Grants and Contracts Specialist independently manages all matters pertaining to grants administration, both financial and administrative, and has financial oversight and administrative responsibility for the sponsored projects.  This position provides high-level comprehensive pre- and post- award management, subcontract administration, and financial analysis. This position is the administrative liaison between the administrative core, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), collaborating institutions, sponsoring agencies, and principal investigators (PIs). The incumbent has a broad scope and knowledgeable of research administration and financial matters.

Job Qualifications and Competencies

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.  A degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is preferred.
  • Experience:  3-5 years of experience in research administration or accounting/financial/budgeting experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience with proposal preparation with federal and non-federal grants and using InfoEd/Coeus grants management (or similar) system.  Familiarity with eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, and/or preferred. Higher-Education or non-profit work experience preferred, or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Job Competencies

  • Excellent financial analytical ability.
  • Knowledge of OMB circulars preferred.
  • Willingness and interest in assuming increasing levels of responsibilities, networking, leadership, and training opportunities.
  • Highly proficient in Excel applications (data manipulations); MS Excel and Google Docs preferred.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) to elicit and disperse information; to present information (including data) and communications in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, time management and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to analyze and reconcile accounts.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-faceted work environment.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a multi-tasking environment while maintaining careful attention to detail.
  • Candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Job Posting Title:
Grants and Contracts Specialist

Public Health Administration

Grade 9

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Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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