Performs pre- and/or post-award activities for a central unit. Pre-award activities may include reviewing department proposals prior to submission and ensuring all applications meet University policy and Federal regulations. They may also include award review and set-up to facilitate appropriate long-term management. Post-award activities include facilitating the progress of the sponsored project by safeguarding project funds and assisting with non-financial compliance issues.
Proposal Review and Approval
- Assist PIs and Grant Managers in the development and submission of accurate proposal budgets and compliant proposal materials by interpreting sponsor guidelines, University policies and Federal regulations
.- Review proposal budgets for accuracy, correct rates, and allowability of items proposed. Suggest changes when issues are identified- Review the Duke Proposal Approval Form (DPAF) to ensure that non-central approvals, appropriate clearances and required compliance approvals (such as human subjects, laboratory animals, export controls,COI, or biohazardous materials) have been obtained for the project.
- Ensure proposed cost-sharing is required, approved and properly documented.
- Ensure that all required documentation for subcontractors is complete prior to submission of the proposal.
- Communicate with the project's designated administrator on issues discovered in the review.
- Review the proposal to ensure the completed proposal packagemeets sponsor submission standards
.Award Review and Set-up- Review the NOA or other awarding mechanism terms and conditions and note changes, additional terms, etc. Communicate with the project's PI or designated administrator on issues related to the award.
- Request and review revised budgets if needed.
- Review award and project for compliance requirements.
- Process awards in a timely manner; notify OSP of new awards and notify department administrators that an award has been received.
- Assist in the prepare subcontracts and negotiate terms with the subcontractors.
- Act as a liaison between sponsors and investigators during a project to resolve issues.
- Communicate with the project's PI or designated administrator onaward issues.
- Establish appropriate fund code and subcode structure to ensure accurate assignment of F&A and assist in overall ease of award management.
- Ensure that the correct activity attribute is designated so that accurate reporting can be done.
- Ensure that fund codes are established within the proper series in order to assist in maximizing the University's overhead recovery and to support reporting.
Financial and Administrative Management
- Prepare financial reports and billings for sponsored projects;monitor compliance with Sponsor's terms and conditions and University's policies and procedures; reconciles all financial information on Sponsor reports to University general ledger; review for compliance and cash flow issues, and resolve identified problems.
- Review award documentation to determine appropriate assignment of cost object and Master Data in accordance with the Sponsor's terms and conditions and University's policies and procedures.
- Identify destination of revenue received from Sponsors and determine appropriate General Ledger Account.
- Notify Department Administrators of new cost objects and determine if a new cost object is required.- Notify Department Administrators of past due financial reporting deadlines.
- Maintain files of sponsored projects financial reports and closeout packages including entering appropriate Master Data and Plan allocations.
- Review and approve post-award documentation regarding Purchase Requisitions and other University or Sponsor reports, as required.
- Review for accuracy indirect costs and fringe benefits charged to project when preparing financial reports.
- Assist Departmental Administrators and Principal Investigators with questions regarding the post-award administration of sponsored projects.
- Assist with special projects and perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
- Pay and assist in the management of subrecipient awards.
- Monitor effort reporting.
- Maintain files on each sponsored project adequate for inspection by internal and external auditors and serve as a liaison and negotiator with all auditors.
This includes detailed records of invoices issued,cash received, and balances due by fund.
- Act as the primary contact point for external financial audits related to sponsored projects.
- Render invoices, letter of credit draws, financial reports,billings, and property reports to granting agencies on a timely basis as required by regulation or contractual agreement in coordination with departments.
- Resolve payment problems with sponsors.
- Communicate with the project's assigned financial administrator on any financial issues related to a project.
- Provide administrative oversight for ay proposed award changes to ensure appropriate level of approval is sought.
- Act as a liaison between sponsors and investigators during a project to resolve issues.
- Approve consultancies or outside service contracts.
- Ensure timely financial closeout of sponsored projects peruniversity and sponsor requirements.
- Assist with timely final technical patent reporting of sponsored projects per university and sponsor requirements.
Monitoring and Compliance Oversight
- Monitor awarded/funded projects for compliance within the regulatory framework established for the University and its components.
- Monitor awards made to subcontractors.
- Provide oversight regarding all financial compliance.
- Monitor financial transactions for certain categories of expenditures to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
- Keep abreast of changes involving internally and externally imposed policies and procedures. Responsible for interpreting policies regarding allowable costs.
- Assist with resolution of financial non-compliance.
- Investigate non-fraudulent financial compliance questions/issues using available resources such as sponsor regulations, University policies and procedures, and the network of informed individuals such as the PI, Departmental or Research Administrator, Business Manager, Chair or Dean.
May supervise grants and contracts assistants and support personnel.
May be expected to provide training to other grants and contracts employees.
2627 RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR
Job Family Level
Full Time / Part Time
Regular / Temporary
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Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Education: Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. Research or grants education and/or certification is preferred.Training:Successful completion of required department training such as GC101& 201 Introduction to Research, Financial Services Introduction to R3,Introduction to Duke GL, Introduction to Accounting, Sponsored Research Reporting, Research Administration at Duke (on-line), Basic Compliance(on-line) within first six months of hire is required.Successful completion of the Research Administration Academy (RAA) isrequired. Employees hired into this classification without RAA training will work closely with their manager to schedule and complete the training within 12 months of start date. The expectation is that the staff member will maintain the requirements for their level. Failing to meet these requirements will be addressed through the performance review process.Upon successful completion of expected training, the employee must maintain Research Administration Academy (RAA) certification by completing continuing education requirements.
No experience required for candidates who possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a field of study directly related to the specific position.
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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.