Grants Specialist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 9, 2021

Job Description

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech is recruiting for the position of Grants Specialist. The primary responsibility of this position is the coordination of proposal submissions for externally-funded research grants and contracts. Working closely with the Principal Investigator and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), the primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to budget preparation, and coordination of administrative documents to ensure the timely submission of proposals. The ability to juggle multiple demands within tight deadlines is a necessary skill, as well as the ability to prioritize workload. This position manages multiple time sensitive issues, exercises judgment within defined policies and procedures, and determines appropriate action required to bring grants to fulfillment. Under the direction of the Department Head, this position also assists with post-award administration tasks such as re-budgeting, payroll transactions, and award transfers. This position is also responsible for distributing and collecting Personnel Activity Reports (PARs) each semester.

Required Qualifications

Must be able to independently set priorities, manage tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain attention to detail and accuracy. Experience providing fiscal support such as budgeting, reconciliation, and reporting. Must demonstrate a strong work ethic, team orientation, and the desire to work in a research environment. Strong Excel skills and the ability to learn new software and applications. Strong communications skills, and ability to respond effectively to guidance and direction.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent related work experience. Familiarity with the overall process of sponsored research proposals, awards, and grant/contract administration. Research administration experience with knowledge of federal funding regulations, proposal development, and pre-/post-award procedures. Higher education, governmental, or other fund accounting background. Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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