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Grants Officer I

Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Position Information

Classification Title Grants & Contracts Professional FLSA Exempt FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

Sponsored Projects Administration, Pre-Award is the central pre-award or sponsored projects office at the University of Georgia. The office manages an extensive portfolio of awards/proposals. Work is considered highly professional and technical, involving the review and processing of research and other types of grant proposals, negotiation of awards and contracts, and a variety of post-award non-financial administrative duties (no-cost extensions, amendments, compliances, problem-solving, etc.) The successful candidate will join several other research administrators in SPA and manages the high level desk with the most complicated sponsors, contracts, and internal/external authorities. In addition to current workload, the Grants Officer I serves as a mentor and helps train others in SPA. Due to the breadth of knowledge and experience, rarely needs assistance with the most complicated sponsors/issues. Consistently demonstrates an ability to independently manage work queue, honor deadlines and performance metric expectations, resolve issues, and consistently demonstrate SPA Customer Service Standards. The employee will independently negotiate contracts and will possess signatory authority to bind the University to terms and conditions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

* High level of knowledge of institutional policies and procedures pertaining to external funding and finance and administration.
* Established level of knowledge of contract negotiations and ability to effectively draft agreements.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university personnel, state and federal agencies and private organizations on complex matters.
* Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, directly with PIs and other UGA personnel about a limited array of research administration topics.
* Work under varying levels of supervision in a deadline oriented environment.
* Strong commitment to excellent customer service and the ability to manage their desk as well as serve as a mentor/trainer of newer employees.

Physical Demands

Sitting at computer for long periods of time, standing, walking, bending, stooping, carrying, lifting up to 20 lbs.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? No Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Reviews grant contracts for compliance with federal, state, and sponsor rules and regulations as well as UGA policies and procedures and mentors a Grants Specialist I-III in the same.

Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

Manages contracts from pre-award stages through to project close-out, although is not responsible for financial accounting and mentors a Grants Specialist I-III in the same.

Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

Assures compliance with agency guidelines and all applicable federal, state, and university regulations, such as animal and human subject use, debarment and suspension, drug-free workplace. Ensures accuracy of proposal budget including indirect costs and subcontracts' adherence to internal legal considerations.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Assists faculty and staff with interpreting agency philosophy, policies, regulations and guidelines; interprets, clarifies, and documents diverse agency requirements, procedures, and policies.

Percentage of time 15 Duties/Responsibilities

Negotiates and authorizes contracts on behalf of UGA or its research foundation. May defer to Legal Affairs and Innovation Gateway on some issues.

Percentage of time 15 Duties/Responsibilities

Serves as liaison between potential funding agencies and faculty regarding complex questions. Performs related work as assigned.

Percentage of time 10

Contact Information

Recruitment Contact

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name Cathy Cuppett Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

* Resume/CV
* Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact University HR (

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Keywords: University of Georgia, Athens , Grants Officer I, Other , Athens, Georgia

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