Budget & Grant Specialist

Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

About the Unit
The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Budget and Grants Specialist assist the Business Administrator of Finance, HR, & Operations in the preparation of operational budgets for the IME department. Provide analytical support for routine budget projects. Analyze budget estimates and proposals for completeness; accuracy; and conformance with established procedures, regulations, and organizational objectives.

Working closely with and under the guidance of the Grants and Contract Manager, assist with the management of faculty research/gift accounts and departmental budgets. Will assist in the development, implementation, and optimization of workflows to achieve efficiency. May participate in other projects and initiatives.

  • Provide analytical support for routine budget projects; analyze budget estimates and proposals for completeness; accuracy; and conformance with established procedures, regulations, and organizational objectives.
  • Monitor actual performance against budget to ensure department's financial goals are achieved.
  • Structure and organize department's accounts receivable to identify and measure reductions.
  • Accurately track productivity through financial analysis and reporting on revenue cycle.
  • Examines past budgets and researches economic and financial developments that affect spending

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent problem solving skills

Additional Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree or a minimum of five years of experience required.
  • An advanced degree in accounting, business administration, or science preferred.

  • Three-five (3-5) years of administrative accounting, research administration, or grant and contract administration experience required.
  • Experience with budgets, ledgers, invoices, and fiscal reporting required.
  • Experience in one or more aspects of sponsored program administration in a research environment, or in faculty affairs preferred.
  • Experience in a university setting and with accounting systems is preferred.

Technical Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of research methods and funding sources preferred.
  • Supervisory skills if individuals reporting to position preferred.
  • Knowledge of fund accounting preferred.
  • Experience with University systems such as FAS, Business Objects, AURA, GEMS, & BuySite (or similar systems) preferred.
  • Proficiency with spreadsheet, word processing software, and accounting software preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • References upon request

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

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Full time

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