Job description


Sponsored Programs is part of the Office of Research, a group dedicated to aiding the research community in navigating the lifecycle of their work, from finding funding to creating proposals to helping inventions find their way to the public.

This position provides expert knowledge and support in specialized areas of research administration and federal contracting. Working in a highly collaborative environment, serves as the subject matter expert on federal and non-federal contracting regulations, negotiations and best practices. Ensures we keep abreast of the related compliance landscape and topics such as NIST 800-171, E-Verify. The Contracting Specialist will be responsible for developing guidance materials and training related to federal and non-federal contracting at the proposal and agreement stages. Shares knowledge, trains and empowers others in the department to grow and support the federal contracting responsibility. Provides expert guidance on rules and regulations; coordinating and collaborating, as necessary, with other University offices, such as the Office of General Counsel, Risk Management, Information Systems and Services, Post Award Financial Operations, Industry Contracting, Research Compliance and Controller as well as other divisions within the VPR. Works in partnership with faculty, other researchers and administrators to support the RFP review, agreement review and acceptance process. Represents the University to sponsors; and drives developing and implementing efficient processes and procedures.

This position is eligible for the generous tuition remission at Boston University.

Cover letter required to be considered for this role.

BA required, MA preferred. 5-8 years of relevant professional experience in research administration. Requires extensive knowledge of Federal guidelines supporting higher education activities. Command of Federal Acquisition Regulation, Code of Federal Regulations, Uniform Guidance, sponsor-specific policies, intellectual property policy, conflict of interest, publication rights, application of indirect cost rates and other complex concepts in research administration. Stays current on compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.

Maintains knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional and departmental policies. Ability to triage high volume and complex transactions and support colleagues in a deadline driven environment. Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements. Ability to interpret policy for others and support their ability to develop these skills.

Requires independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Boston, Massachusetts, United States






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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/12/2019
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