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General Summary/ Overview:
The Integrated Grant Administrator II (GA II) is an active member of the Partners' Central Research Management office, and is a primary point of contact for Principal Investigators (PIs). The GA II is committed to identifying and adhering to best practices in grants and contracts administration, while upholding the highest standards of integrity and fiduciary responsibility. The GA II will proactively address the demands of research grant administration by providing exceptional customer service to the research community and collaborators in their pioneering efforts in science and medicine.
This position has dual reporting to Partners Research Management and Research Departments. In addition to specific departmental responsibilities, the position will assume responsibilities of the Research Management office based on specific experience and training. The purpose of this dual reporting structure is to streamline the grants processes for investigators and provide a more efficient model for administrative support for research, while ensuring compliance with institutional and sponsor policies and regulations
With guidance from senior level colleagues, the Integrated GA II actively manages the research activity of an assigned portfolio of Investigators. As the primary contact for these Investigators, the Integrated GA II provides guidance and serves as their primary point of contact. The level of grant life cycle responsibility will be based on the particular Investigator's portfolio. The Integrated GA II will act both independently and as a member of a dynamic group to achieve the goals of the research community. The volume and complexity of the work is commensurate with experience and the opportunity exists to take on a greater and more in-depth workload with successful performance.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
PRE-AWARD RESPONSIBILITIES: • Take ownership of managing an assigned portfolio of research departments, and serve as the primary resource for department administrators and PIs. • Field inquiries from Department Administrators and PIs, and communicates institutional policy, procedure and documentation requirements. • Obtain solid working knowledge of NIH Grant Policy Statement, standard federal grant regulations, as well as Partners policy and standard operating procedures. • Review Request for Proposals (RFPs) for eligibility and clarify requirements as needed • Work with faculty to identify and organize components necessary for grant submission • Track progress of grant application through submission and sponsor decision • Review research proposals for compliance with sponsor and internal Partners' guidelines • Verify that all sponsor submission requirements have been met in advance of signatory approval. • Review, edit, update all Pre-Award data fields in Electronic Grants Management System and ensure that all proposal documentation is properly uploaded to the record; as well as updating the file's Activity Log to allow for easy tracking of progress and accuracy. • Review Just - in - Time information requested by sponsor, including Other Support effort documentation, IRB and IACUC protocol approvals. • Work with Manager or Senior GA mentor on complex transactions, including the review of federal contract solicitations and applications. • Work with faculty to identify and organize all requirements necessary for timely progress report submission • Prepare annual progress reports and supporting documents (eSNAP, RPPR and paper submissions) • Maintain Electronic Grants Management System records in compliance with institutional and sponsor policies for all proposals and progress report submissions • Correspond directly with the sponsor's representative in order to resolve compliance and budgetary • questions; ensuring that the resulting award is issued accurately. • Eligible for Institutional Signing Authority - subject to manager discretion and successful performance. • Assist manager, as delegated, in the orientation, training and mentoring of GA I staff. • Assist manager, as delegated, in the review of GA I work and the QC review of all data entered into Electronic Grants Management System.
AWARD MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: • Conduct thorough review of all award terms and conditions for all new and renewal grants for assigned workload. • Under the supervision of managers, assist as needed to ensure Partners compliance with terms. • Ensure timely handoff to Agreement Associate for non-standard incoming and outgoing agreements. • Verify compliance approvals (Human Subjects, Cost Share, Animal Use, etc), as part of the award acceptance process. • Upon receipt of award, complete system database for all new awards being funded, and continue the account set up and corresponding data entry of award information into InfoEd system. Maintain electronic InfoEd record in compliance with institutional and sponsor policies. • After award information has been entered into InfoEd, work with Manager or Senior GA to review and activate the account. Notify PI and department administrator once approved and activated. • Prepare outgoing subcontract modifications that do not include changes to terms and conditions. • Communicate with department and PIs throughout grant lifecycle and assist in the development and submission of all requests for a change of PI, change in scope of work, extension requests, and rebudgeting requests. • Confirm and enter salary allocations for personnel with salary that are directly charged to sponsored research agreements. Check to make sure all accounts are active and that the proposed changes are appropriate and allowable per the terms of award. • Work with assigned departments and other Partners offices, as needed, on all PI transfers. • Work with Manager or Senior GA to revise faculty & staff effort due to new award • Complete bi-annual effort reporting for PIs • Submission of purchase order requisitions/payment of vendor invoices • Submission of one-time eCheck payments • Coordinating set up of consultants with Supply Chain • Eligible for Institutional Signing Authority - subject to manager discretion • Assist manager, as delegated, in the orientation, training and mentoring of GA I staff. • Assist manager, as delegated, in the review of GA I work. • Expected to participate in special projects as necessary
RESEARCH FINANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: • Coordinate monthly internal reporting and organize and attend quarterly (or more frequent as needed) PI meetings • Conduct financial analysis for all active accounts on assigned Investigator portfolio. • Ensure that awards/accounts are managed in a fiscally responsible manner and in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations established by both the sponsor and Partners. • Review and process non-personnel costs transfers. • Confirm expenses to be assigned to sponsored projects and work with others applicable to ensure ordering is accurate. • Prepare and review monthly, final, and custom invoices in accordance with Sponsor requirements. • Prepare Financial Status Reports (FSR) in accordance with sponsor requirements. • Actively monitor grant expenses, receivables and revenue. • Review and approve incoming subcontract invoices to ensure accuracy and compliance with sponsor terms before being paid. • Provide institutional oversight to ensure that all expenses posted to a sponsored project are allowable, and the accurate recording of these expenses in the general ledger in a manner that is consistent with generally acceptable accounting principles (GAAP) and the sponsor's terms and conditions. • Assist in the close-out of funds including the preparation of closeout documents and closing entries. • Continuously review sponsoring agency policies, regulations and other relevant literature to ensure increased familiarity with granting and contracting agency policies and requirements in the financial management accounts. • Update records in PeopleSoft to ensure projects are being invoiced on a regular and timely basis. • Use Insight, MicroStrategy, and PeopleSoft queries and reports to measure and manage workflow effectively and efficiently. • Assist Investigators in identifying opportunities to improve processes and achieve optimal efficiency in all areas of the grant lifecycle. • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned. • Assist manager in the orientation, training and mentoring of GA I staff, including the review of GA I work
Qualifications • 1-4 years experience in research administration in an academic setting (hospital, non-profit organization or university) is preferred, or 2-5 years other professional experience.
• Bachelor's Degree preferred. Related experience in research administration may substitute for the college degree.
Extensive knowledge of program administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal funding agencies supporting biomedical research.
Familiarity/experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements.
Must possess the ability to thrive in a busy, high-volume, and deadline driven team environment that requires coordination of multiple activities and the judgment and flexibility to reprioritize tasks as needed.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Requires strong organization and communication skills with a focus in customer service.
Supervisory Responsibility: N/A
Fiscal Responsibility: N/A
EEO Statement Mass General Brigham is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.
Partners Healthcare System Inc. is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
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