Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

Updated: about 1 month ago

Job Description:


This position provides highâlevel comprehensive pre␠and post␠award management and financial services to the School of Engineeringâ™s (SoE) Research Administration office, faculty and students. Independently prepares and reviews sponsored award proposals using sound knowledge of University and sponsor (National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, DARPA, Department of Energy, private industry and foundations) rules and regulations for SoE submissions using the InfoEd/COEUS award management system, and other sponsor submission tools. Manages portfolio sponsored research funding by reviewing, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with award terms and conditions. Provide guidance regarding sponsored project issues, budget management, expenditure review, financial reporting, and participation in training. Reconcile accounts in accordance with federal and nonfederal guidelines, audit accounts, and create analytical reports for the PIs, Dean and school managers. Effectively communicate award and financial policies to students, faculty, and staff.


Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelorâ™s degree in Accounting, Finance or STEM preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of finance and budget experience (preferably in academia or notâforâprofit) and research administration experience or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Experience with proposal preparation with federal and non-federal grants and using the InfoEd/Coeus grants management (or similar) system
  • Familiarity with eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, and/or preferred
  • Higher-Education or non-profit work experience preferred

Job Competencies

Indicate the essential job competencies. Competencies are required knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job successfully.

  • Strong organizational, administrative, time management and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize workload and meet deadlines in a multiâtask, multiâfaceted work environment while maintaining careful attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to work independently.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Docs, Web based programs and tools.
  • Excellent financial skills as well as familiarity with OMB federal circulars, federal agenciesâ™ policy and
  • procedures, and other relevant federal agenciesâ™ practices.
  • Excellent customer service skills and a strong service â“ oriented attitude.
  • Excellent communication skillsâboth oral and writtenâto elicit and communicate information, to analyze data, and to prepare /present clear, informative, and concise materials.
  • File management skills.
  • Willingness and interest to assume increasing responsibilities, networking, leadership and training


  • Ability to work under pressure in a deadline oriented environment.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse population and handle sensitive and confidential information with


Background Checks: Education and Criminal.

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Job Posting Title:

Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist


School of Engineering


Grade 10

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Internal Number: REQ170204
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