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    Grant and Contracts Specialist 1 or 2, UCP 6 or 7 – Multiple Positions

    The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services, is recruiting for career-oriented, grants and contracts professionals to join our growing, exciting research administration enterprise:

    • Central Services (2 Pre-Award; 1 Post-Award) – Central University authority and operational oversight for sponsored grants and contracts
    • Faculty Services (1 Pre-Award; 1 Post-Award) – Dedicated departmental oversight for sponsored grants and contracts, with a client-focused service mission

    Working as a member of a team in a designated area of specialization, the Grants and Contracts Specialist will contribute to the management of a robust portfolio ($222 million in expenditures in FY2017) of sponsored research projects and activities, such as:

    • Pre-award – timely assistance with administrative preparation and review of grant and sponsored project proposals in accordance with sponsor guidelines and solicitations for financial accuracy and compliance with University and other guidelines; obtaining appropriate signatory authorization; submitting proposals by required deadlines.
    • Post-award – set-up of grant and sponsored project financial accounts in accordance with the terms of the award; monitors expenditures, performs financial transactions, prepares invoices and reports; may serve as University liaison between sponsor and principal investigators; maintains records and documentation.



    1. Bachelor’s degree and four years (or eight years of commensurate) education/experience in a complex business organization, industry, or governmental/regulatory agency involving accounting, budgeting, contracting, or equivalency.
    2. Two to four years of working knowledge of federal laws and regulations regarding grants and contracts, or demonstrated equivalency.
    3. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
    4. Effective time management, follow-through, and organizational skills.
    5. Customer-service orientation and experience working with a diverse constituency.

    Additional minimum qualifications for the rank of Grants and Contracts 2 (UCP 7):

    1. Four years of experience in a complex organization with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and serve as a liaison between granting agencies, University administration, principal investigators, or equivalency.
    2. In-depth knowledge of OMB Circulars A-81 (Uniform Guidance).
    3. Ability to write/interpret technical contract language applicable to sponsored research and understand its implications.
    4. Ability to manage a project portfolio of significant complexity, requiring an advanced level of knowledge and experience.
    5. Ability to coordinate a team workload and/or manage/operationalize a high-risk sponsored research area/function/activity.



    1. Demonstrated experience performing financial transactions.



    These are 35-hour per week, full-time, 12-month permanent positions, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at the University of Connecticut (outlined here:  Rank and salary will be commensurate experience.



    Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #2019627.  Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website and should include a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.  Inquiries may be addressed to Laurie Pudlo, Administrative Manager, at

    For detailed internal job descriptions for these positions, please visit the OVPR Careers web page:

    Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019627)

    This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 24, 2019.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.