Harvard University Senior Sponsored Research Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Auto req ID 42567BR
Business Title Senior Sponsored Research Officer
School/Unit Harvard Medical School
Location USA - MA - Boston
Job Function Finance
Time Status Full-time
Salary Grade 057
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Job Summary Independently prepare, negotiate and manage a full array of sponsored research awards. Provide recommendations for the use of financial resources.
Oversee such pre-award areas as: funding, searches, proposal submission, document tracking and reporting
May act as signatory for the University, to endorse, negotiate, and/or accept grants and awards
May function as a subject matter expert and/or project lead
Evaluate pre- and post- award research administration procedures, recommend improvements
Perform complex post-award activities including award approval and set up, analysis and reporting and long range financial planning
Provide technical advice for and problem resolution for a school/unit financial community on research administration
Act as the department representative at the School/University level
Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable federal and sponsor rules and regulations
Additional Responsibilities As department leader, the Senior Sponsored Research Officer (SSRO) brings to the position extensive experience with the grant-making cycle and the ability to design, implement and monitor workflow processes and procedures. The SSRO will also be responsible to helping to build internal competencies and confidence of the grants managers within the department.
The Senior Sponsored Research Officer is responsible for providing technical expertise for both pre- and post-award grants management in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment. We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal communication skills. The SSRO will partner with the faculty on applying for potential funding opportunities. She/he will review all pre-award submissions prior to signoff by department manager. She/he will interpret and advise research staff and Faculty on university, federal and sponsor policies and guidelines relating to research administration. She/he will be responsible for generating and providing pre- and post-award financial metrics and analysis to Faculty and department managers. She/he will have signing authority for department standard grants and subcontracts. She/he will work in the department leadership to develop and implement departmental grants management training and coordinate the training of new hires, including documentation and implementation of departmental best practices. She/he will serve as direct supervisor for 2 business office staff members.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience
Advanced knowledge of sponsored research regulations
Additional Qualifications Previous experience supervising staff is desirable. Advanced Accounting or Business Degree preferred. Must be self-directed and able to prioritize duties and meet multiple deadlines. Must be able to use a high degree of judgment and make sound independent decisions. High level of attention to detail and ability to multitask is required. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. Needs to be able to work independently with minimal supervision, and handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
Work is performed in an office setting
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EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.