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Sponsored Projects Administrator

Apply now Job no: 526139
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance, Administrative/Professional

Department: Sponsored Projects Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $55,500 - $65,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
March 5, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a completed online application, including names and contact information for three professional references, please include a resume and cover letter.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality. The office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. The office supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives.

Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) works with the University community -- especially faculty principal investigators (PIs) and department grant administrators (DGAs) but also including UO administrative officials, business managers and affiliated organizations such as the UO Foundation -- to provide services in two main areas:

1) Proposal Preparation and Clearance --from application materials and budget assistance, to final review, official endorsement, and submission of proposals to funding agencies, public and private, for support of research, instruction, and public service projects.
2) Grant and Contract Administration --from inception by review and acceptance of awards and account set up, through the award's administration, financial reporting, and final closeout.

Position Summary
The Sponsored Projects Administrator serves as a resource for information related to the management of grants, contracts, and sponsored programs. This position provides faculty, researchers, and staff with guidance on financial, administrative, and regulatory issues arising from the application for and the execution of sponsored awards and agreements.

There is a significant emphasis on budgeting, financial, and accounting activity and financial and operational monitoring in this role. The successful candidate will have a strong customer service focus, be a self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a team to meet shared and individual goals, and who has demonstrated the ability to be flexible, adaptable, and responsive. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and will maintain the highest ethical standards.

Post-Award specific duties include (but are not limited to) the following: monitor, review and approve sponsored projects funds for allowability, allocability, reasonableness, and consistency of treatment; review post functions, to include, but not limited to new award reviews, annual reviews, close-outs, and JV transfers; and compile, review, and submit sponsored project invoicing, financial reporting, prior approval requests, and other sponsor requests/reports as required.

Minimum Requirements
• A Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in sponsored project or research administration in a university, non-profit, or research institution; OR
• Five years of experience within the field of research administration or sponsored programs administration in a university, non-profit, or other research institution

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to serve a diverse client/customer base

Preferred Qualifications
• An advanced degree
• Fund accounting experience
• Knowledge of cost accounting principles
• Experience with electronic proposal submission systems such as Fastlane, eRA Commons,, etc.
• Experience in federal regulations including 2 CFR 200, OMB Circulars, FAR and other agency policies and regulations as they relate to sponsored project administration
• Experience with BANNER or similar systems
• Experience with federal reporting

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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