University Program Specialist

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cameron Hall

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Job Details

Position Number:


Working Title:

University Program Specialist




Div of Research (Adm)

Work Unit:

Office of Research Services

Work Location:

Cameron Hall

Vacancy Open To:

All Candidates

Position Designation:

Non-Student Temporary

Employment Type:

Temporary - Full-time

Hours per week:

32 Hours

Work Schedule:

Mon-Fri 8-5 pm

Pay Rate:

$20-25hr depending on qualifications

Minimum Experience/Education:

Graduation from a four year college or university and one year of program associate experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education::

Previous experience negotiating contracts in a college or university setting; Ability to analyze contracts and related documents for content issues, and revise contracts as needed to accommodate special circumstances; Understanding of basic research administration; Able to multi-task, independently manage work flow and solve problems within university policies; Ability to work well in a team environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under supervision, this position is responsible for conducting negotiations of complex governmental and non-governmental contracts. This position reviews and negotiates contracts, subcontracts and grants prior to award acceptance by the University, approving all authorization documents as required by the contract or grant.

Prepares negotiation memorandum which set forth the understandings resulting from successful negotiations to facilitate compliance of accepted terms and conditions on all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and sub awards. In addition, this position will draft and negotiate other types of agreements, such as master agreements, task order statements, data use agreements and outgoing subcontracts.

Efficient administration of workload, including responsiveness to the needs of the University and its faculty, as well as timeliness to assure adherence to legal provisions of an award. Maintains systematic control over his/her workload in order to determine status at all times. Ability to interpret and explain contractual obligations and restrictions.

Applies working knowledge of general contracts and intellectual property law, as well as knowledge of federal, state and local laws and University policies related to research. This position is responsible for staying updated on various federal, state and local legislation, policies and trends affecting the research arena.

Able to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both orally and in writing, with both University and sponsor representatives at all levels. Possesses a sufficient degree of experience and good judgment to carry out the functions and responsibilities of the position.

Must be able to work with individuals at all levels to resolve issues in a timely manner. This position works closely with the Associate Director of Award and Contract Negotiations, the Office of Legal Affairs, the Office of Research Commercialization and Development (ORCD), and the college based research officers.

Excellent customer service skills and the ability to clearly convey information by communicating effectively and achieve levels of professional skill/knowledge by staying abreast of current developments and trends in areas of expertise.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

Coordinates with campus faculty and staff to ensure compliance with sponsor’s award documents.

Participates on University committees and in training programs sponsored by Research and Economic Development as needed.

Performs other related responsibilities as required.

Proposed Hire Date:


Expected Length of Assignment:

11 months

Posting Open Date:


Special Notes to Applicants:

Full-time temporary positions do not offer leave accrual (paid time off), or retirement entitlement (state service) benefits. However, full-time temporary employees are eligible to participate in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Please use these links for more information:


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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