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Principal Contracts and Grants Officer

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
26933293 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $76,000 - $107,800

Position Information

The Principal Contracts and Grants Officer (PCGO) is responsible for providing institutional-level sponsored programs administration services to a portfolio of academic departments and research units, including acting as an institutional liaison with extramural sponsors (e.g., Federal agencies, state/local government, marketing boards, and non-profit entities). The duties of this position include (but are not limited to): reviewing, endorsing, and submitting highly complex proposals; performing comprehensive analysis of a variety of awards (e.g., contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements); reviewing, negotiating, and executing (with delegated signature authority) highly complex sponsored awards on behalf of The Regents; providing advice to faculty and departmental analysts regarding critical and/or sensitive sponsored programs issues; interpreting a broad range of sponsor policies, government regulations, and award terms and conditions; coordinating and/or approving prior approval requests; and facilitating award closeouts. Additionally, the PCGO interacts with a variety of campus and University of California system-wide offices to facilitate the management, administration, and conduct of sponsored programs.

There are multiple positions available at various levels for the Contracts and Grants Officer recruitments. The hiring department can recruit and fill this role at different levels within the position classification series. This position is posted here as a Principal Contracts and Grants Officer (job #26933293) and as a Senior Contracts and Grants Officer (job #26771107). Applicants are encouraged to review both positions to determine the best match for their skills and experience. All applicants will be assessed based on the minimum requirements for the level(s) for which they applied. If you wish to be considered in multiple pools or are unsure, please apply for both positions.

Please note some duties can be performed remotely, subject to the terms of a telecommuting agreement.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. **

Education

Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required
Advanced degree in a related field. Preferred

Experience

Experience Requirement
Demonstrated experience utilizing various external electronic proposal submission systems. Required
6 - 10 years of related experience. Required
Demonstrated experience working within University of California policies. Preferred
Demonstrated experience negotiating research and research-related awards with federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-profit entities. Required

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Occasional travel for university related business meetings, conferences and/or professional development. Required

Minimum Requirements

Ability to interpret policy for others.
Advanced knowledge of the mission of a major research university and the principles that form the foundation of academic research.
Extensive knowledge of program administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.
Ability to perform highly complex financial analysis and customized reporting.
Advances knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedure and techniques.
Demonstrated advanced competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.
Ability to maintain independent judgment; strong organization and communication skills; and a customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas.
Advanced ability to identify complex problems and implement appropriate solutions.
Advanced ability to create and train grant writing and other communication skills in a variety of styles to ensure securing grant funding required.
Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements.
Ability to manage high volume and complex transactions.
Maintains knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional and departmental policies. Knowledge of current compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.
Advanced ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse, multicultural environment.
Advanced ability to analyze data, information and objectives; identify patterns, concerns, issues, problems, needs, tendencies and relationships; formulate logical and objective conclusions; recognize alternatives and their implications; and make sound decisions or recommendations.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.
Full knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation, Code of Federal Regulations, sponsor-specific policies, intellectual property policy, conflict of interest requirements, publication rights, application of indirect cost rates and other complex concepts in research administration.
Advanced skill in working as part of a team, leading teams, and collaborating with others to complete tasks/projects.
Advanced knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of UC sponsored programs administration policies, procedures, and practices.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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