Grants & Contracts Specialist

Job description

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Grants & Contracts Specialist


UNT-Grants & Contracts Admin-190100

Job Location:


Full Time/Part Time:


Salary Information:

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Department Summary:

The Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (OGCA) supports the University of North Texas, a tier 1 research university, in its endeavor to excel in its research mission. OGCA aspires to be a model organization in the field of research administration, providing exceptional service to the university community. We are charged with the Pre Award and Post Award administration of externally funded sponsored projects and envision an environment that facilitates the University of North Texas’ commitment to research and encourages continued efforts to attract additional research funding.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for interpreting sponsor guidelines and submitting proposal applications for external funding to over 100 different sponsoring agencies with varying legal and financial requirements. Acts as liaison for University and responsible for remaining current on issues in the field of research administration. Responsible for review and set-up of awards and non-financial award administration. Assists with training campus personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, Higher Education, or other related field and two years of professional business administration, grant and contract administration, or related work experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• High level math/accounting skills, strong reading comprehension skills, ability to interpret guidelines and instructions.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and customer service.

Work Schedule:

Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Grants & Contracts Specialist

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, Walking, Writing, Talk or Hear


Offers positive engaging assistance to Principal Investigators, other faculty, researchers, and staff campus-wide with proposal application processes and electronic systems including Cayuse SP and Cayuse 424. Fosters mutual respect.


Interpret sponsor guidelines and submit proposals on behalf of the University to external sponsors with varying legal and financial requirements. Review proposals and budgets to ensure compliance with sponsor guidelines, applicable regulations and University policies. Attention to detail and accuracy are key factors.


Reviews award terms and conditions for acceptance, ensures research compliance issues are addressed, facilitates sponsor changes to awards based on regulatory or funding changes, reviews and revises budgets, sets up new awards, facilitates project close-outs, assists in audits and award transfers. Attention to detail and accuracy are key factors.


Demonstrates good decision making abilities. Resolves simple issues independently; refers more complex issues to higher levels. Facilitates problem resolution to reduce conflict and establish smooth working relationships.


Acts as liaison between sponsors, faculty, and staff. Addresses internal and external communications between the PI, departments, college and external sponsors. Communicates timely responses to questions and request for information and provide frequent status updates.


Responsible for being remaining current in the field of research administration. Pursues professional development opportunities by attending training, conferences and participating in webinars. Also provides pre award training to faculty and other campus personnel.


Participates in special projects and other duties as assigned.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references with application.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 9/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time