Grants & Contracts Specialist 1/2, UCP 6/7

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Job Title: Grants & Contracts Specialist 1/2, UCP 6/7
Job ID: 2019236
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services (OVPR-SPS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is seeking an energetic, skilled and engaged financial/accounting professional with experience in post-award grant management services to join our Central Services team.

Under the direction of a Team Lead supervisor in the OVPR-SPS, this position provides specialized professional fiscal and administrative guidance, oversight and assistance to faculty, departmental and faculty service staff. OVPR-SPS facilitates University research and sponsored program activity by helping to ensure the institution meets its financial, compliance and reporting obligations to our sponsoring agencies in a timely and proficient manner, and by helping to ensure expenses charged to sponsored awards are consistent with federal and state laws, sponsor terms and conditions and University policy and procedures.


Providing assistance to faculty and staff in the setup, financial management and reporting of sponsored project accounts; serving as the University liaison with the sponsor in the negotiation of changes to sponsored research commitments, budget adjustments, changes in scope and project extensions; working closely with staff and key constituencies; collecting and monitoring subrecipient entity activity to evaluate and mitigate risk; exercising sound judgment in clarifying and resolving financial and other issues of concern; performs time-sensitive grant accounting transactions; maintaining complete records and documentation; assisting with the billing or collection of monies in a variety of forms; making recommendations for improvement of current practices; responsible for the management of /participation in office-wide projects that ensure the institution is compliant with sponsor obligations and requirements; other duties as assigned.

Additional duties performed at the level of Grants and Contracts Specialist 2, (UCP 7) include:

Handling of a project portfolio of significant complexity, requiring an advanced level of knowledge and experience; coordinating and prioritizing team workload and/or implementing, managing, and being a change agent of a functional, operational or high-risk area of responsibility (i.e., subaward oversight, closeout management, tracking high-risk metrics, over the cap salaries, salary limitation awards and cost transfers, etc.); developing and presenting training materials and serving as a resource to colleagues both internal and external to Sponsored Program Services; contributes to workflow, business process and policy improvements.


Bachelor's degree and four years of related experience, or eight years of experience in a business organization or government agency involving accounting, budgeting and contracting; thorough knowledge of federal laws and regulations regarding grants and contracts; experience developing budgets, performing financial transactions and preparing financial reports in a timely and accurate manner; excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; customer-service orientation and experience working with a diverse constituency; effective time management, follow-through, and organizational skills; ability to work well flexibly, independently, and as a contributing member of a team; ability to work a flexible schedule to ensure that deadlines can be met.

Additional minimum qualifications to be considered for the rank of Grants & Contracts Specialist 2, (UCP 7) include:

Ability to write and interpret technical contract language and understand its implications; ability to effectively communicate with and serve as liaison between granting agencies, University Administration and principal investigators; ability to develop and deliver technical training.


Bachelor's or advanced degree in business, accounting or an appropriate field; Certified Research Administrator certification; in-depth knowledge of OMB Circulars A-81 (Uniform Guidance); ability to prepare/create reports using a reporting system (such as WebFocus); ability to problem-solve and maintain professional composure while working under pressure of internal and external deadlines; experience working in an institution of Higher Education.


This is a 35-hour per week, full-time 12-month permanent position, with a comprehensice package of salary and benefits, outlined here: Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with a target start date of January 4, 2019.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019236)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 12, 2018.

For confidential inquiries or additional information please contact:

Laurie Pudlo, Administrative Manager

Office of the Vice President for Research

University of Connecticut

[email protected]


All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.





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Posted: 11/29/2018
Application Due: 12/13/2018
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