Provides administrative leadership and problem solving in support of a free standing multidepartmental academic unit of FSM. Will provide sole grant administration support to a multi-PI research enterprise involving several NIH institutes, philanthropy, and industry sponsors. Will provide lifecycle pre- & post-award research administration ensuring the fulfillment of all grant &/or contract & compliance requirements. Manages overall day-to-day research administration activities & may research & identify funding opportunities for faculty with associated research competencies & interests. Regularly meets with faculty to design budgets for new applications, monitor budget compliance of existing grants and provide advice on the most effective way to match funds to specific aims. Ensures that all activities are completed in compliance with associated local, state, federal & institutional rules & regulations.
The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease is a multi-departmental component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. Areas of emphasis include age-related memory impairments and dementias. We are focused on Alzheimer’s disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia. Our three interacting missions are to investigate the causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, to ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest research advances, and to explore the neural foundations of behavior and cognition in health and disease.
Typically administers multiple research projects such as:
Large-scale philanthropy programs
Single Principal Investigator (PI) proposals, grants &/or contracts
Basic multi-PI or multi-unit proposals, grants &/or contracts
Research portfolio for multidepartmental Center
NIH U-approximately $1-2M. over multiple yrs.
NIH P-approximately $2M+/yr. over multiple yrs.
NIH T-approximately $100-$200K+/yr. over multiple yrs.
Center or program grants
Proposals with cost sharing
Non-funded negotiations such as NDAs, user agreements
Manages pre-award administration of grants &/or contracts.
Reviews solicitation and proactively resolves any issues/questions within the solicitation with OSR and/or sponsor.
Establishes procedures related to pre-award administration.
Coordinates large-scale proposals, teaming/collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, intellectual property agreements or user agreements.
Manage representation of sub-recipients, cost sharing and administrative costs on a proposal.
Coordinates IRB and IACUC protocols.
Prepares &/or reviews complete budget.
Completes post-award administration of research grants &/or contracts.
Reviews account establishment.
Manages effort commitments of key project personnel.
Approves high-value/high-risk expenditures.
Interprets awards documents.
Reviews and reports expenditures.
Verifies processing of cost share transactions.
Reviews award budget status with PIs and advises on strategy.
Provides data needed for interim and final financial and technical progress reports.
Facilitates account close out activities, coordinating with ASRSP as needed.
Establishes procedures at the unit level related to post-award administration.
Serves as liaison between department & OSR, ASRSP, IACUC, IRB, internal audit, funding & regulatory agencies, subcontractors, collaborators, institutes, centers, etc.
Participates in efforts to improve research administration including serving on university committees related to research administration.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Accounting / Account Reconciliation – Understands and interprets financial statements and reports; reconciles financial records
Grant Administration – Manages grant application process; prepares and monitors budget; administers pre and post-award.
Customer Focus – Regularly monitors customer satisfaction; provides suggestions to improve quality and value to the customer
Collaboration – Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39925
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.