Research Administrator (6205U) - 7582
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 19, 2020
The Berkeley Population Center (BPC) is an NICHD-funded research center which is administered under the auspices of the Social Sciences Matrix. BPC's mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in population research by bringing together researchers from social science and health science departments, with an emphasis in areas of population health, labor, family, migration and social inequalities. The Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) is an NIA-funded research center. CEDA facilitates and sponsors aging research in four thematic areas, in keeping with its focus on the economics and demography of aging, notably health, disability and mortality; the biodemography of aging; and consequences and causes of global aging. More can be learned about the Centers on the Population Sciences at Berkeley website, www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu. Both centers offer seed grant funding to faculty, provide support for grant development and administration, and sponsor seminars, networking events and conferences.
Social Science Matrix is UC Berkeley's institute for social science research and provides an organizational frameworka matrixto support cross-disciplinary projects pursued by more than 500 social scientists across the Berkeley campus research landscape and beyond. Matrix is designed to foment relentless innovation, with the aim to generate new forms of scientific inquiry and design more effective forms of social intervention. The Social Science Matrix fosters collaboration and project development by providing program coordination for seminars and events around questions that demand diverse perspective and methods. It offers administrative support for grant applicants and for grants and contracts management.
- Under general supervision, organizes, plans, establishes and monitors fiscal budget control of contracts and grants administration, gifts, endowments and privately funded projects for faculty research programs.
- Analyzes transactions, expenditures, identifies and resolves discrepancies, financial and inventory reports.
- Develops and/or oversees non-competing continuations, supplements and other award/agreement amendments.
- Applies professional concepts to provide projections, analyze spending and recommend adjustments.
- Under general supervision and in coordination with Berkeley Regional Services, provides post-award financial administration and management for research funds in accordance with campus policy and agency requirements.
- Monitors and ensures allowability for financial transactions, expenditures, reconciles funds, identifies and resolves discrepancies and retains all necessary back up documentation.
- Assist in preparing and liaising with campus services for subaward and related contracts.
- Assists in support of audit as directed by senior staff.
- Under general supervision, works with other analysts in negotiation of terms and conditions of research agreements and awards from various sponsors.
- Assists in collecting data on grant productivity for annual and close-out reports.
- Assists with the staffing of research and other personnel.
- Plan and manage events, including travel and reimbursements.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of one year of demonstrated experience in research contract and grant management.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member, research and resolve problems, meet deadlines, and follow through on assignments with minimal direction
- Requires independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus
- Knowledgeable in applicable federal, state, local, sponsor and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines
- Knowledgeable in applicable compliance requirements related to use of human subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, et cetera.
- Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.
- Proficiency working with computer and information management systems
- Ability to perform moderately complex financial analysis and customized reporting
- Demonstrated competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports
- Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Knowledge of NIH contract and grant rules and procedures.
- Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the University of California and UC Berkeley campus rules and procedures for grants and contracts, business and financial services, human resources, and human subjects review.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a one year, part-time (30-hours per week), contract (temporary) appointment, with the possibility of renewal contigent on funding.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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