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Columbia University Manager-Grants SIG in New York, New York

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Administration and Finance at the Social Intervention Group (SIG), the Grants Manager (GM) will be responsible for all aspects of sponsored research administration (pre-award, post-award, award management, and award closeout functions) for a specific portfolio of research projects within SIG on a daily basis. The GM will work closely and cooperatively with the Director of Administration and Finance CSSW’s Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), Financial Management, as well as with faculty and graduate students involved in sponsored research activities within SIG.


  • Pre-Award: The Grants Manager will take the lead in all pre-award administrative aspects of research applications within the specified portfolio. The GM pre-award duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and coordinate the submission of required documentation for all new or revised/resubmitted sponsored research proposal applications to Sponsored Projects Administration (OSP), including reviewing the call for proposal, meeting with the PI and team, highlighting restrictions, due dates, and budgetary issues, collecting data from collaborators, ensuring timely submission, etc. – including tracking all submissions

  • Create budgets including budget justification based on input from PI

  • Prepare and coordinate the submission of required documentation for all non-competing renewals of currently funded projects to OSP (e.g., annual progress reports, no cost extension requests, etc.) – including tracking all submissions

  • Prepare and submit ARC project budget set up information to OSP based on proposal submitted/award received, and input from PI

  • Collaborate with counterparts in other CU departments on inter-departmental/inter-school submissions

  • Serve as subject matter expert within SIG on research-related issues

  • Serve as backup for the Director in times of absence

  • Maintain all proposal information and forms in SIG database including biosketches, other support pages, faculty publications and awards, and research resources boilerplates, etc.Post-Award: The Grants Manager will take the lead in all post-award administrative aspects of research awards within the specified portfolio. The GM post-award duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct day-to-day monitoring of award activity to ensure expenses are in compliance with University and agency requirements

  • Manage and track expenses on awards including changes to personnel and projections

  • Reconcile all projects monthly and make corrections to charges as needed

  • Produce monthly/quarterly reconciliations and financial reports including forecasting future expenses

  • Meet with Faculty members monthly/quarterly to review financial reports, communicate status of requested changes, gather input on projections, and offer suggestions as needed

  • Prepare and submit all changes to budget to OSP

  • Prepare and submit all subcontract information to OSP

  • Prepare and submit financial reconciliations for project year end and final financial reporting to Sponsored Projects Finance (SPF) as required by terms of award

  • Coordinate with SIG, OSP and CU finance staff on the resolution of Accounts Payable discrepancies as they relate to research projects

  • Prepare and submit closeout information to SPF including final reports (progress reports, invention disclosures, etc.)

  • Collaborate with counterparts in other departments, as well as others across the University to manage awards (i.e. Controller’s Office, Central Purchasing, Gifts and Endowment Office, etc.)

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience, plus a minimum of three (3) years of related experience in sponsored research administration is required. Intermediate-level computer literacy (all facets of Microsoft Office) required. Superior communication skills (written and verbal) required. Must have exceptional time-management and organization skills, excellent analytical and problem solving skills, as well as be proactive and able to work independently. The ability to work with confidential data, and demonstrate discretion in all interactions is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Four (4) years of experience in sponsored research administration is preferred. Grant writing/editing is also strongly preferred, as well as familiarity with Federal and Non-Federal sponsored research guidelines, policies, practices, funding sources, websites, and organizations. Experience with internal Columbia University financial systems is highly desirable for the incumbent in this role, as well as the ability to work with a diverse population.

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