Grant Business Analyst

Boulder, CO
Jan 10, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics LASP develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system. LASP manages the financial aspects for over active 170 grants and contracts, cradle to grave.

We are seeking a dynamic Grant Business Analyst to further LASP's science mission by providing fiscal coordination, analytical support, and management of projects funded by federal and commercial grants, as well as to assist LASP researchers working on grant funded projects.

This is an advanced level of professional financial analyst work. Duties include research, selection, and compilation of financial data from multiple sources, such as production, accounting, vendors and subsequent analysis of that data to produce business information used to support decisions. Work assignments are complex and have significant financial impact on the lab.

Job Duties:

• Functions as the Business Analyst for multi-year grants from proposal/pre-award through project execution and project close-out. This includes working closely with Principal Investigators and other project stakeholders to prepare proposal budgets, manage proposal submissions, provide financial data analysis, and advise on closeout process.

• Initiates and manages sub-contract and fabricated equipment accounts originating from awarded grants.

• Reviews research grants to ensure project compliance with award terms and conditions, including reporting requirements, and identify issues as necessary.

• Exercises considerable discretion and judgment in making recommendations related to the allocation of grant funds and expenditures.

• Applies knowledge of accounting principles, auditing standards, budgeting principles, budgeting practices, analytical techniques, and/or legal and regulatory compliance.

• Performs work of varied and considerable difficulty requiring advanced data collection, analysis, and forecasting.

• Works closely with Grant Manager and other Grant Business Analysts to problem solve, update processes and procedures, and optimize effectiveness and efficiency.

• Provides leadership and direction to other professional and clerical staff with respect to fiscal approach and project management.

• Interacts frequently with principal investigators, functional managers, and directors requiring a high level of communication skills to analyze and resolve issues.

• Develops, interprets, and/or evaluates compliance with policies and procedures.

• Other duties as assigned to facilitate continuity within grant research programs at LASP.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, or equivalent

Due to U.S. Export Control Requirements, only U.S Citizens and Permanent Residents by apply.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working with Federal and Foundation grants and regulations.

• Understands the federal, state, and university guiding principles.

• Proficient in Microsoft Excel.

• Demonstrated ability to research, investigate, analyze, reconcile, and evaluate data.

• Requires strong critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to problem solve.

• Ability to meet multiple, strict deadlines while performing normal daily duties.

• Requires strong critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to problem solve.

• Ability to meet multiple, strict deadlines while performing normal daily duties.

• Ability to effectively and cordially communicate with all levels of personnel, customers and vendors.

• Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage priorities in a fast-paced environment.

• Positive outlook and self-starter.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act require that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment admissions, and educational programs. Inquires may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter, 2 - Curriculum Vitae. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10060 - Lab Atmos/Space Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 9, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya Olson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00742491


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