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Research Administrator

Company: University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Research AdministratorApply (https://usc.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/ExternalUSCCareers/job/Los-Angeles-CA---Health-Sciences-Campus/Research-Administrator_REQ20113444/apply) Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, California
Who We Are
The USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (INI) tackles some of the biggest challenges facing the field of neuroscience. We contribute to large-scale data sharing efforts in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and relentlessly search for biomarkers of multiple brain diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. The INI comprises four centers: the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), the Imaging Genetics Center (IGC), the Center for Image Acquisition (CIA), and the Center for Integrative Connectomics (CIC).
The INI is a world leader in the development of advanced computational and scientific approaches for the comprehensive mapping of brain structure and function. LONI's unique multidisciplinary environment and cutting edge resources allow for integration of clinical, psychological and genotypic information with neuroimaging phenotypes for research questions in neurology, psychiatry and developmental neurobiology.
What We Do
The INI applies innovative imaging and information technologies to the study of the brain. We collect and analyze imaging, genetics, clinical, and behavioral data to better understand the brain's role in human health, disease, and changes across the lifespan. Our interdisciplinary team investigates brain structure, function, and disease, using techniques such as mathematics, genomic analysis, and ultra-high-field MRI scanning. Directed by Provost Professor Arthur W. Toga, the institute is housed within the Stevens Hall of Neuroimaging, a dedicated, custom-built facility at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
The Opportunity
The Research Administrator is responsible for complex research proposals from start to finish and will interact with USC's Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG), Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA), and other University offices to facilitate the exchange of information and provide services associated with pre and post-ward administration of sponsored projects.
The ideal candidate has experience with NIH grants; keen attention to detail; superior organization skills to coordinate an abundance of moving parts and information; excellent relationship building and stakeholder management skills; the ability to lead through impact and influence; and thrives in a fast-paced collaborative environment. This position offers the possibility of remote work and reports to the Senior Research Administrative Director.

  • Prepares complex proposals within parameters of sponsored and non-sponsored research guidelines in partnership with various stakeholders.

  • Develops, prepares, revises, and finalizes project budgets, and provides budget justification.

  • Resolves pre-award administrative issues.

  • Collaborates with the Office of Sponsored Research to ensure awards are set up properly, including cost-sharing requirements are fulfilled.

  • Reviews and approves expenditures.

  • Develops and communicates reports supporting project status. Manages contract closeout process and audits inquiries.

  • Interprets complex University and government policies. Identifies and implements process improvements.

  • May negotiate and communicate with federal and state sponsors, industry sponsors, other institutions, and/or University schools or divisions in regard to application issues.

  • Maintains current on changes within legal, regulatory, competitive economic and technology environments which may affect specialized programs.

  • Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an advisor to stakeholders regarding sponsored projects administration.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree or at least five years of directly-related experience

    • Experience with sponsored research pre-award submittals

    • Effective people management and team leadership skills

    • Outstanding organizational, communication, and relationship building skills

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and balance competing priorities

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Experience with NIH grants

      • 5 years of contracts and grants administration experience

      • Experience in a academic/university and/or research setting

      • Experience using Workday

        What We Offer
        USC offers a competitive plan commensurate with experience in a similar position. USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff members & their families with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with matching; tuition benefits for staff members & their families; free professional development courses and sessions; Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses & free tram pick up services; ticket discounts to sporting events, theme parks, and more. To view more information, please visit: https://employees.usc.edu/benefits-perks/
        As an equal opportunity employer, USC values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The work culture thrives on mutual respect, trust, and synergy among all team members.
        To Apply
        Please submit your application via Workday. A cover letter detailing how your experience has prepared you for this role is recommended. Internal USC candidates may contact the Recruiter for this position directly, but a Workday application is still required.
        The annual base salary range for this position is $93,424.53 - $122,672.04. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern Californi a considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
        Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 Years Minimum Field of Experience: Expert knowledge and fluency of governmental regulations (e.g. FAR, A-21, A-110, A-133, CAS). Knowledge and ability to understand, interpret, and communicate University policies and procedures. Excellent oral, written, and communication skills. Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel and web-based tools. Strong accounting skills; knowledge of accounting principles. Expert in project management, including managing international collaborations and complex multi-sub award contracts. Knowledge of personnel management, including proposing effort for and training and hiring of students, post-doctorals, academic appointments, regular staff, bargaining unit staff, and consultants, along with the circumstances appropriate for each type of position.
        REQ20113444 Posted Date: 12/15/2022

Keywords: University of Southern California, Los Angeles , Research Administrator, Accounting, Auditing , Los Angeles, California

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