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Post-Award Grants and Contracts Specialist or Senior Specialist (Open Rank)

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus

Job Details

Search #: 498097
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is competitively recruiting talented grants and contracts/sponsored project professionals to join our growing research administration team. Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is responsible for administering a portfolio of $375M in annually awarded funding across all UConn campuses and UConn Health. We are a top-ranked public research university and land grant institution, rurally situated in the “Quiet Corner” of Northeast Connecticut.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Post Award, this position will be responsible for providing day-to-day management and oversight over a high volume of post-award activity. This position will be hired as either a Post-Award Grants and Contracts Specialist or a Senior Post-Award Grants and Contracts Specialist, based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


  • Provides technical assistance, guidance, and advice to faculty, administrators, and other professional staff for sponsored project administration.
  • Reviews financial and administrative transactions to ensure compliance with federal and state statutes, University policy, and sponsor guidelines and requirements.
  • Recommends solutions, assists with re-budgets, and assists with other changes when conflicts arise with contract provisions or grant requirements.
  • Following University policies, sponsor requirements, and state and federal requirements, identifies and assists with resolving grant and contract issues pertaining to budget, cost sharing, fiscal, administrative, and procedural constraints, and other similar matters.
  • Maintains records in accordance with University, state, federal, and sponsor requirements. Provides records as requested, and collaborates with SPS leadership in response to audits.
  • Actively assists in the management of awards including budgets, billing, payroll calculations, adjustments, project reporting, and other post-award activities while verifying compliance with University and sponsor requirements.
  • May perform award closeouts by working with the investigator and other University offices for timely sponsor reports.
  • May participate in policy and procedure discussions and recommend policy or procedural changes as appropriate to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • May participate in the development and delivery of sponsored program training.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional duties as the Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • Serves as the University’s liaison for negotiation of terms, changes in scope, effort commitments, no-cost extensions, and other related matters.
  • Serves as the University official to prepare, approve, and submit financial and compliance reporting to sponsors.
  • Resolves complex issues independently.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and six years of related experience, with at least two of those years working at an advanced/senior level or serving as project lead. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the degree and years requirement.

    For Both Levels

  • Knowledge of Uniform Guidance and/or the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • Ability to interpret technical solicitation or contract language applicable to sponsored research and understand its implications.
  • Experience with electronic research administration systems (such as,, NSPIRES, eRA Commons).
  • Experience working in an institution of higher education.
  • Experience working in a high-volume, high-production, and/or sponsored-research-intensive environment.

    This is a full-time, permanent position with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut. The target salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience: $62,834-$81,685 for the Grants and Contracts Specialist; and $70,375-$91,487 for the Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist. With the expectation to travel on-site as needed, remote and/or hybrid work modalities may be considered in accordance with University Alternate Work Arrangements policies and procedures. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


    Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


    Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #498097 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

    This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 23, 2024.

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

    All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

    The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

    Advertised: Jun 02 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jun 23 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at UCONN

    The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

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