The School of Information and Library Science maintains a professional Contract and Grant (C&G) Pre-Award Officer to support the growing research needs of faculty, students and staff. Effort for this Pre-Award Officer will be to serve as Institutional Knowledge Host for Research Grants while navigating the Concept & Funding, Proposal Creation, Proposal Submission, and Award Negotiation processes for the School.
25%Institutional Knowledge Host / Compliance
Function as school liaison between SILS, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), and funding agencies. Federal Funding Agencies will include National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Unites States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Library Association (ALA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Foundation/Trust Agencies will include Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ochiltree Foundation, Heineman Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Microsoft Azure for Research, and Google Research Awards.
Coordinate collaboration across UNC campus units, external partners, and academic institutions (both domestic and international) for training and research grants.
Identify and publish resources to assist SILS faculty with matching interests with possible funding opportunities through non-Development funders not noted above. Manage flow of information to faculty and staff on new policies and procedures for sponsored projects.
20%Concept & Funding
Provide subject matter expertise to faculty and staff and potential internal and external partners. External partners represent numerous in Academia and Industry including Biomedical and Health Informatics, Data Curation, Data Science, Digital Forensics, Environmental Informatics, Government Agencies, Nonprofit Research, and Libraries and Museums (private and public).
Develop understanding of each faculty's research interests. Through in person meetings to discuss research topics and upcoming projects; reviewing their work; leverage experience to understand faculty's area of focus.
Partner with the SILS Director of Research to identify collaborative funding opportunities which exceed $1 million.
Develop and manage partnership with campus colleagues in Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) and SILS Development to identify corporations and private foundations that are capable and inclined to make major-level grants ($100K+) for SILS faculty based on their research interests.
Manage relationships with UNC Development office through in person meetings, maintaining communication with emphasis on transparency of SILS research interests.
Convey actionable leads to SILS faculty and to work with those faculty as well as CFR colleagues to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donors.
Provide support to faculty and staff seeking funding opportunities, preparing proposal submissions, and developing comprehensive project budgets with cogent budget justifications.
Serve as primary resource for technologies/applications and strategies for proposal submissions. Internal Technologies/applications include RAMSeS, Connect Carolina, Infoporte, Davie, Cayuse. External include COS Pivot, Grants.gov, eRACommons, NSF Fastlane, NSF Research.gov, SAM.gov, Visual Compliance.
Train faculty and Administrators on UNC grant processes.
Interpret and communicate the policies and guidelines of the university, funding agencies (federal, state, and private organizations) and OSR to attest proposal submissions are in compliance.
Ensure all research functions, both internal and external, comply with the new federal Uniform Guidance implementation.
Develop/continue to foster relationships with program officers at sponsoring agencies. Attend sponsor events (webinars, information sessions); arrange for sponsors to meet with Principal Investigators.
Ensure and negotiate protocols for human subject IRB compliance with grant requirements
Monitor grant submissions and provide supplemental information as requested from sponsors or OSR.
5%Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written documentation is required.
Ability to understand interpret, and disseminate policy statements and information to constituents both in the school, across campus, and in granting organizations.
Ability to develop budgets and interpret federal and state regulatory guidelines.
Strong problem solving skills, and ability to work with deadlines in a fast paced environment.
Must be able to function independently and have a clear understanding of accountability.
Significant grasp on appropriate escalation when issues arise.
Demonstrated skills in analyzing data and formulating conclusions; full command of MS Excel.
Intermediate computer skills and effective phone etiquette skills. Displays regular and predictable attendance.
Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.
Experience with PeopleSoft/ConnectCarolina/RAMSES/FASTLANE
Contract and Grant Administrator national certification (CRA), or willingness to obtain certification within a one-year period after date of hire.
Competency of STEM focused grant applications
Knowledge of UNC or State sponsored research policies.
Substantial knowledge and experience working with pre-award management generally requiring at least three years of relevant grants and contracts experience.
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