The Grants & Contracts Analyst works alongside faculty and fellow colleagues to support post-award activities for Neurology. The primary goal of this position is to ensure sponsored funding is managed compliantly and per the sponsoring agencies instruction. This position will be tasked with all post award activities related to managing sponsored funding and will serve as a the direct point of contact for communicating financial information to the faculty/departments we support. This position reports to the post-award Grants & Contracts Manager.
This position will work alongside a dedicated post-award team to meet with investigator(s) and/or key stakeholders within the Department. The position requires knowledge of accounting and budgeting theory in order to accurately and confidently convey financial information to the investigators and departments we support. A key aspect of this position will require proactively identifying areas of financial risk so communication can take place well in advance to avoid any potential cost overruns. Post award functions include, but may not be limited to: account maintenance, budget distribution, billing/invoicing, reporting, compliance audits, effort reporting, allocating payroll and non-payroll expense, ensuring expenses are allowable and allocable, submitting cost transfers, annual projections, and timely closeouts. This position will require the ability to make independent financial judgements on a daily basis. Excellent communication skills and a customer service minded focus are essential skills required to succeed in the position. While this role may assist with some aspects of non-sponsored funds, the primary goal of this position is to ensure timely, effective and efficient functioning of sponsored funding.
Will work independently the majority of the time, with support from Principal Investigator (PI) and/or senior management level grants & contract professionals on managing increasingly more complex grants/contracts. Will provide standard professional administrative level guidance on protocols, regulations and guidelines to PI and other scientific/research professionals within the department. May interact with external research/administrative professionals.
Types of sponsored awards for which the position is responsible:
This role functions at an intermediate level, with responsibility for independent management of simple to moderately complex grants/contracts and clinical trials, including those from NIH, DOD, foundations and pharmaceutical companies.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate the process of setting up awards in designated department/division after grant number is assigned, including reviewing award, verifying award set-up and ensuring personnel are allocated appropriately/timely.
Ensure that post-award responsibilities are completed, including budget distribution, account reconciliation, e-form setup, effort reporting, cost transfers, paying invoices and finalizing agreement documents related to subaward setups.
Proactively manages unsupported salary and allocates payroll expense to projects to ensure accurate spending rates.
Reviews budgets and related justifications for appropriateness and completeness of content. Ensures that all applicable and indirect costs have been applied. May also provide groundwork for subcontract negotiations.
Ensure compliance in all other areas related to grant and contract management, including sponsoring organization guidelines, internal protocols, accurate protocol information within grant documents, conflicts of interest, etc.
Utilizes cost principles for both federal and non-federal funded projects to ensure expenses billed are allowable, reasonable, allocable and consistently applied.
Approves shopping carts, check requests, reimbursements and/or other related payment requests applying cost principles set forth above.
Develops and coordinates independent contracting agreements.
Develops and coordinates subaward contracting agreements. Processes invoices for payment utilizing the university’s standard operating procedures for low and high risk subawards.
Maintain ongoing updates and communications related to current funded grants and contracts, this includes regular auditing and reporting to principal investigators and departmental leadership.
Maintains and updates position budgeting spreadsheet to assess 12 month funding projections thereby identifying areas of potential financial risk due to anticipated salary gaps.
Proactively identifies spending burn rates that are higher than expected in comparison to budget.
Manages commitments billed to award and clears any orders that will not be fulfilled to maintain accurate spending projections on all projects managed.
Conducts timely award closeouts in anticipation of project end including reviewing all expense billed to sponsored project and on-time submission of FSR/FFR.
Provide information and direct assistance required to complete grant and contract closeouts.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required, along with 2 years of finance/budgeting /administrative experience.
Preferred degree in finance, accounting or other related field
Ability to convey financial information to a wide variety of audiences.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Customer service focus
Knowledge of accounting and budgeting theory and practices required. Thorough knowledge and understanding of The Johns Hopkins University accounting system and related fiscal offices preferred.
Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis.
Ability to work with flexibility on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines.
Knowledge of external Federal guidelines/procedures for grants and contracts, including NIH, DOD, foundations and clinical trials.
Intermediate excel knowledge preferred.
SAP/Analysis experience preferred.
Additional Applicable Information:
Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Successful completion of the RAT (Research Administration Training) Program (18-24 months) is equivalent to three years of relevant experience for this position. If an employee does not successfully complete the program, no additional experience will be applied.
Classified Title: Grants and Contracts Analyst Post Award Working Title: Grants & Contracts Analyst Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC Starting Salary Range: $50,200-$69,090 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002901-SOM Neuro Research and Fin Adminion Personnel area: School of Medicine
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