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Senior Research Administrator

Company: Colorado State University
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Detail Information
Working Title Senior Research Administrator
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully remote
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202300797AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib III
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $85,000-$100,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for eligible employees in the following University benefit areas: and To see the value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visit our compensation calculator -
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 05/14/2023
Description of Work Unit
Colorado State University's ( CSU ) Office of Sponsored Programs ( OSP ) invites
nominations and applications for the position of Senior Research Administrator ( SRA ). Sponsored Programs is the primary coordinating and managerial office for externally funded activities of a contractual nature at CSU . OSP oversees the full-range of research administration from proposal review and submission to final invoicing and project close-out.
Colorado State University is a land-grant Carnegie Class Doctoral/Research-Extensive University experiencing aggressive growth in faculty recruitment, student enrollment, and research expenditures. Research productivity per tenure-track faculty member is among the highest in the country within like universities.
CSU is a member of the Kuali Foundation, using Kuali Financial System ( KFS ) and Kuali Research (KR) for integrated research administration. CSU is a member and active in the Federal Demonstration Partnership ( FDP ) and the Council on Governmental Relations ( COGR ).
Position Summary
The Senior Research Administrator ( SRA ) reports to the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs. Senior Research Administrators serve as advocates for faculty in fostering outstanding research and scholarly activities and assure the responsible management of sponsored funds through regulatory and fiscal compliance oversight. The SRA also serves as delegated signature authority to sign Research and Sponsored Agreements, including master agreements, assistance awards, sub-awards, research contracts, material transfer agreements, intellectual property management plans, data use agreements, teaming agreements, confidential/non-disclosure agreements, amendments and/or other agreements pertaining to request for research or scientific/technical services.
This position has the opportunity to be a fully remote position.
Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years with a combination of research administration, contracting or related experience. In lieu of a degree, a High School Diploma (or GED ) plus 9 years of research administration, contracting or related experience in an academic, research institute, or government setting will be accepted.

  • Experience working in a quasi-legal environment including knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations (Uniform Guidance and the FAR ) and their application to contract review & negotiation, budget review, and compliance

  • Knowledge of various funding source requirements (such as NIH , NSF , USDA , and DOD )

  • Experience working with private sector sponsors

  • Skills in written communications; interpersonal & problem-solving

  • Strong working knowledge of common office computer applications (such as Microsoft Office applications) and ability to learn specialized applications (such as Kuali Research).

    Preferred Job Qualifications

    • Direct knowledge and demonstrated experience with electronic management systems.

    • Ability to conduct training sessions and develop training materials

    • Experience supervising, developing and evaluating staff.

      Diversity Statement
      Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
      Essential Duties
      Job Duty Category Contract & Grant Administration
      Responsible for all aspects of contract and grant administration and provides services to faculty and staff with the assigned college/division. Responsible for reviewing, and authorization of proposals to various agencies (federal and non-federal), negotiation and approval of contracts, establishing and managing accounts, and assuring compliance with terms and conditions of awards on active projects, and close out procedures.
      Percentage Of Time 30
      Job Duty Category Supervision
      This position is the supervisor responsible for prioritizing, managing, coordinating, and evaluating the Research Administrator and Finchal Research Administrator.
      Percentage Of Time 20
      Job Duty Category Negotiate Award Terms
      Analyze the terms of contractual arrangements between the University and external sponsors to ensure that they are technically, legally, and financially satisfactory, negotiating with the sponsor, and ultimately approving acceptance by the University. Gather critical award data and brief faculty on their compliance obligations. Negotiate award terms of sponsored agreements on behalf of CSU .
      Percentage Of Time 20
      Job Duty Category Interpretation and Compliance
      The SRA is responsible for ensuring compliance with University, State, Federal and Sponsor requirements, and the interpretation and application of government/sponsor guidelines and policies. SRAs assure compliance with complex requirements of funding sources, as well as Federal and State regulations and assist in the development of policies and procedures related to the conduct of sponsored activities at the University. Design special procedures as necessary to achieve compliance with individual sponsor/program requirements. Communicate potential problems to PIs, Department and Colleges; work out solution strategies with Assistant to Deans, Research Associate Deans, of through the Vice President for Research.
      Percentage Of Time 15
      Job Duty Category Guidance, Training and Outreach
      Provides guidance, direction, assistance, and instruction to faculty regarding the proper application and adaptation of Federal, State and University rules and regulations in the development of proposals, authorizing such submission on behalf of the university. Develop solutions to emerging issues. Evaluate University policies and procedures to address specific circumstances of the sponsor and/or program. Educate the University community on research administration issues.
      Continue to gain professional knowledge by memberships in national associations and interacting with colleagues.
      Percentage Of Time 15
      Application Details
      Special Instructions to Applicants
      Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kathy at
      Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
      Search Contact Kathy Aitchison at
      EEO Statement
      Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.
      The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,
      The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
      The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
      Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education ( .
      Background Check Policy Statement
      Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
      References Requested
      References Requested
      Minimum Requested 3
      Maximum Requested 3
      Supplemental Questions
      Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
      Applicant Documents
      Required Documents

      • Resume

      • Cover Letter

        Optional Documents

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