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Senior Award Manager
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Dec. 1, 2023
Title Senior Award Manager
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department Sponsored Projects Services
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Fiscal Services
UB’s Sponsored Projects Services unit is seeking multiple Senior Award Managers (SAMs) to join a growing team of research administration professionals. In this role, you will work with diverse faculty to advance leading-edge research seeking solutions to real-world problems.

Working as part of a team, the SAM, has primary responsibility for collaborating with Principal Investigators (PIs) to ensure the smooth award management and oversight of a diverse funding portfolio. The incumbent will manage sponsored award portfolios for the college/school’s PIs with responsibilities including post-award management, with emphasis on financial reconciliation, budget planning and projections, and timely processing of all post-award activity, including salary changes and appointments. The incumbent will handle a diverse portfolio of complex and high-dollar awards and will serve as a resource for Award Managers and others, as needed.

The SAM will be the first point of contact for all the PI’s post-award needs and will collaborate with unit post-award colleagues to ensure the smooth processing of activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Award planning including initial kick off meeting for all related parties.
  • Formulate financial projections and revise award budgets as necessary.
  • Analyze expenses and projected spending, to maximize use of available funds and ensure compliance with sponsor and university requirements and policies.
  • Meet specific reporting guidelines and requirements outlined by external sponsors, including report format and content expectations.
  • Create reports and conduct productive meetings with faculty members to review their research portfolios effectively.
  • Periodically review the effectiveness of the reporting process and meeting structure, making adjustments as necessary to improve efficiency and communication.
  • Serve as the liaison between PIs and various administrative units across UB, including central Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Foster a supportive environment, advocating for and helping as needed to ensure faculty members achieve their funding goals and overcome challenges.
  • Work with PI to identify all HR & procurement transactions.
  • Act as a resource for other research administration staff. May serve on unit or university-wide committees, providing input on policy changes and advising on operational efficiencies.
As part of UB’s research administration infrastructure, you will have access to training and professional development programs, as well as opportunities for advancement.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit - all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.
About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

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