Sponsored Research Business Analyst

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - SESE   Urbana, IL   Full-time     Finance
Posted on November 14, 2022
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Sponsored Research Business Analyst - School of Earth, Society and Environment

The School of Earth, Society & Environment is searching for a Sponsored Research Business Analyst who will manage all pre-award and post-award aspects of sponsored research activities for faculty investigations in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment that includes the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, and Geography and Geographic Information Science.

Duties & Responsibilities

Pre-award
• Counsel researchers through the pre- and post-award processes for externally-funded research projects.
• Review solicitations, and provide guidance on submission of sponsored research proposals. Develop complex project budgets and other components of
applications submitted through various federally managed electronic research administration systems, as well as to private research sponsors.
• Conduct analysis of faculty effort in accordance with regulatory compliance guidelines.
• Advocate for the faculty, School, and University during negotiations with external funding sponsors.
• Collaborate with inter-disciplinary researchers on campus, as well as with other educational institutions, government agencies, and private organizations during
both the application and award execution process.
• Provide advice and action plans on use of research funding according to federal agency or other sponsor terms or regulations.

Post-award  
• Maintain professional relationships with departmental and central campus offices to facilitate effective and efficient business processes.
• Develop internal business systems and specialized reports as needed for sponsored research management.
• Work with other business staff on certain post-award activities including monitoring of expenses for compliance with sponsor and university guidelines;
biannual expenditure confirmations; tracking of sponsor billing; and facilitating project close-out functions.

Seek continuing education opportunities or relevant certifications, and remain current on changing campus and sponsor policies and guidelines.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economics or a field related to the position. One year of work experience in sponsored research administration.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience at an institution of higher education setting; Experience in accounting, auditing, or laboratory research in a scientific field; Prior experience with federal electronic research administration systems such as NSF FASTLane and Grants.gov.
Illinois Certified Research Administrator designation

Successful candidates will have the following:
Demonstrated exceptional professional service skills and the ability to work in a team setting; Proven effective organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills; Ability to exhibit discretion in professional judgment; Attention to detail; Critical and analytical mindset; Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize; Highly developed communication skills; Ability to develop and tailor tools to effectively communicate ideas and analyze situations; Ability to maintain confidentiality and to represent the School and the University in a professional manner. Extensive knowledge of PC-based tools including Word and Excel. Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Knowledge of sponsored research activity within a University setting; Prior experience with federal electronic research administration systems, such as NSF Fastlane, Grants.gov, NASA NSPIRES, etc; Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards (GAS); Use of the University’s My-UI-Financials, Banner system, and the Data Warehouse, and general database application knowledge.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5040 - Grants and Contracts Associate position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on November 30, 2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting and upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and names/contact information for three professional references. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact brodsr@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID:1012956
Job Category: Administrative
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu