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Boston University RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR, School of Public Health, Administration & Finance in BOSTON, Massachusetts

The Research Administrator serves as the primary coordinator of research project creation and management utilizing grants management and financial systems for SPH at the school level. In partnership with department-level Grants Administrators, Financial Coordinators, and Directors of Administration, as well as the university-level Office of Sponsored Programs and Post Award Financial Operations team, the Research Administrator will play an important role in the pre and post award management, providing support to three academic departments on all matters involving proposal development. The Research Administrator will work to ensure BU policies and procedures are followed allowing investigators the ability to maximize proposal submissions and spend grant funds as planned conducive to timely and accurate post-award reconciliation. This position requires an organized person who has a high level of comfort working independently on a variety of tasks on a daily basis while maintaining accuracy and speed to meet the needs of the assigned departments. The Research Administrator will have a thorough understanding of pre and post award grants management and financial systems, and how fields within each system impact important data downstream.

Required Skills


  • Master's Degree preferred, Bachelor's degree required.

  • 3 - 5 years of experience


  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of spreadsheets, SAP, on-line databases.

  • Ability to effectively utilize a wide array of information technology resources (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, federal electronic systems, etc.)

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, time and deadline-sensitive, and able to perform using tact and discretion in a deadline-oriented environment.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

  • High level of responsiveness to all stakeholders.

  • Ability to work well with a variety of internal and external constituencies and individuals from all different professional levels.

  • Knowledge of federal/state regulations as they relate to grants/contracts.

  • Ability to balance competing priorities and adapt as necessary.


  • Experience with contracts and subcontracting, advance account management, electronic grants administration.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a high level of responsiveness. Experience in a research environment.

  • High level of proficiency with SAP, Excel Significant experience (over five years) in grants management, or proposal preparation.


  • MS Office products including Outlook, Word, and superior Excel skills, and Adobe Suite.

Remote work will be considered for a candidate with a proven ability to achieve results while working independently.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, natural or protective hairstyle, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor .

Required Experience