The George Mason University Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) seeks to hire a dynamic and collaborative individual for a Senior Grants Administrator position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
As part of the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Senior Grants Administrator serves a critical role in supporting research activities at George Mason by facilitating and coordinating with sponsors, university faculty, departments, and central offices, and providing expertise within the OSP, to ensure the successful administration of externally sponsored funding.
Independently manages proposals from request for assistance from faculty, through submission of the proposal to sponsor;
Assists Principal Investigator's (PI's) in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals, including the accurate development of budgets and budget justification;
Ensures costs are allowable, appropriate rates are applied, cost share issues are resolved and there is budget and budget justification prior to submission to the sponsor;
Advises the PI on budget adjustments and revisions necessary to meet sponsor requirements and adherence to university policies;
Monitors compliance with sponsor and university regulations regarding submission; verifies all financial information to include application of the appropriate overhead rate for the project;
Ensures all applications meet agency and university guidelines and published time tables and deadlines;
Confers with PI and college/department staff at collaborating institutions to secure necessary sub-award documents for proposals;
Reviews proposals for consistency with sponsor guidelines on budget, format, font size, and page limits, excluding narrative content (obtain and review sponsor guidelines);
Resolves problems in proposal development through consultation with internal and external resources;
Performs review of team members' proposals to ensure proposals meet federal, sponsor, and university guidelines;
Serves as subject matter expert for team members within OSP and for faculty and staff in colleges; and
Assists with sponsor prior approvals, budgeting, and other post award actions.
Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and sponsor rules and regulations related to grants and contracts;
Knowledge of federal regulations pertaining to sponsored research;
Experience with budget development;
Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements;
Willingness to maintain knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional, and departmental policies;
Strong attention-to-detail and ability to multitask;
Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders (or demonstrated ability to perform in a collaborative work environment);
Ability to manage high-volume and complex transactions;
Highly developed oral and written communication skills;
Strong organizational skills; and
Experience working on sponsored awards in a university, nonprofit, or private sector setting.
Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, or a related field of study, is strongly preferred;
Candidates with a CRA (Certified Research Administrator) certification are further preferred;
Computer skills that include experience with Microsoft Office, financial management systems including Banner, and electronic grant administration is highly desirable; and
Experience in a team environment highly desirable.
Candidates must be:
A citizen of the United States, a person who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (a
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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