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Award Coordinator - Division of Research Administration

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Award Coordinator – Division of Research Administration

    Fully remote, hybrid, or in-person work options availableSalary will be based on experience and qualifications. Pay grade TBD.  Two positions available

The Division of Research Administration (DRA), the central sponsored programs office for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a full-time Award Coordinator who will be primarily responsible for reviewing and negotiating contracts and grants from federal, state, and local government, non-profit, and foundation sponsors.  Responsibilities include reading and analyzing research grants and contracts; conducting contract negotiations; recognizing unacceptable contract language and recommending acceptable contractual clauses; solving complex issues; reviewing non-financial post-award requests, recording actions in a relational database; and maintaining up-to-date electronic files.  The Award Coordinator may also negotiate CDAs, MTAs, industry contracts, and foreign contracts.


The Award Coordinator will assist and advise faculty, researchers, and staff with award administration and may prepare and lead trainings on a variety of topics related to sponsored programs. The Award Coordinator is required to keep abreast of new developments in University policies and procedures, as well as federal and state regulations. The Award Coordinator will work with sponsored projects accountants on re-budgets and other account information. The Award Coordinator will serve on university search and screen committees.

DRA is committed to the professional development of its team and supports and encourages attendance to NCURA, SRA, and other member organizations pertinent to the research administration field.  In addition, DRA has an approved Career Path which offers opportunity for promotion within the office.

Compensation will be based on qualifications and years of experience.

Minimum Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in the field of research administration, sponsored programs, or contracting.
Minimum Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to negotiate grants and contracts with federal, state, private and industry sponsors.
  • Ability to recognize unacceptable grant and contract language and recommend acceptable contract clauses.
  • Ability to develop functional and technical competency in the organization’s financial and research administration management tools.
  • Ability to work individually and in a team environment under stressful and time-sensitive conditions.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain a strong customer-service oriented environment.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language including excellent reading comprehension.
  • Must be able to work in collaboration with others at various levels both within and outside the University.
  • Must have strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have independent decision-making abilities.
  • Ability to function with a detail orientation and have a high level of initiative.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior administrative experience within a university, federal laboratory, federal contractor, or other research-intensive environment.
  • Proficiency using sponsor-specific submission systems (Fastlane,, Proposal Central, etc.).
  • Knowledge of federal contract and grant provisions including federal acquisition regulations (FAR).
  • Professional competence in interpreting the FAR, Uniform Guidance, etc.
  • Certified Research Administrator.
Additional Information

  • Please attach the following electronic documents to the application: Cover letter, resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references.
  • Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • Contact: Chelsea Inman, [email protected]
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Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Office Of Research Innov & Econ Develop
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 27, 2022, 1:57:46 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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