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VPR-SPA Pre-Award

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with additional after-work or weekend hours as needed to complete projects

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Grants & Contracts Professional



Job Family:

Business And Finance



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five to eight years experience in research administration is preferred.

Contract negotiation experience is highly desirable.

Position Summary:

This is highly responsible position which serves the university research community in negotiating, executing, establishing, and managing sponsored projects. This position is responsible for managing complex agreements, negotiating with the federal government, industry partners, state government, and various non-profit organizations. In addition, the position manages contract bid preparations, responses, negotiations, and modifications while ensuring compliance with federal, state, sponsor and university rules and regulations related to sponsored projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Extensive experience in the area of grant proposals and/or contract negotiations.

Extensive knowledge of the methods, procedures and techniques used in grant preparation, coordination and implementation.

Extensive knowledge of institutional policies and procedures pertaining to external funding.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university personnel, state and federal agencies and private organizations.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to work independently in a deadline oriented environment.

Ability to work with a sense of urgency and manage competing priorities.

Commitment to excellent customer service.

Physical Demands:

Sitting at computer for long periods of time, Standing, walking, carrying up to 25 lbs., pushing, pulling, bending, stooping.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Manages a significant caseload of proposals and awards (N=300 annually) and assists faculty/staff in proposal development by interpreting general agency philosophy, policies, regulations, and guidelines.

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Reviews, approves, and submits electronic proposals as AOR for both UGA and UGARF, working independently and with minimal oversight minimum oversight from a senior SPA staffer.

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Independently negotiates with sponsors on a myriad of issues, including supplements, re-budgets, and no-cost extensions. Negotiates routine award terms and conditions, but may seek counsel from Team Leader and/or Director on complex cases.

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Interprets federal, state, private and University funding regulations, policies, and procedures. Analyzes materials, draws conclusions and communicates information to faculty/staff though individual communication and by participation in team training activities for units.

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Posted: 11/4/2020
Application Due: 12/16/2020
Work Type: Full Time