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Senior Research Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt II), Sponsored Programs

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
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Aug 29, 2022

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Senior Research Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt II), Sponsored Programs Administration Office
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 515925
Work type: Staff
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Research


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:
  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want

Department Summary

In support of California State University, San Bernardino's (CSUSB) research, creative, and scholarly activities, the Sponsored Programs Administration office provides post-award financial and compliance oversight of funded grants and contracts from award issuance to close out.

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA), the Senior Research Analyst (RA) will act as a post-award liaison and will require close coordination with funding agencies, principal investigator/project director (Pl/PD), and Auxiliary Financial Services (AFS) and campus departments.

The Senior Research Analyst will work independently and apply extensive independent judgment and expertise to perform timely, compliant, high-quality post-award administration from award to final closeout for an assigned portfolio of multiple high volume, complex contracts and sponsored projects and those with unique requirements; and will have direct responsibility and accountability for work results.

The Senior Research Analyst will use extensive knowledge to monitor the regulatory environment, perform work in a situation where numerous diverse demands are involved, and independently determine approaches to project management, and effectively prioritize and manage an assigned workload of sponsored projects

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Serve as the central resource and contact on a regular basis for the Pl/PD for all post-award issues, policy, and procedural matters, and will provide initial and ongoing educational and regulatory guidance and counsel on research administration matters.
  • Utilize investigative/research and analytical skills while performing complex financial analysis and customized reporting, policy research, analysis, and evaluation, related to grants and contracts fund management to include, fiscal and budget analysis, financial management, accounting, compliance, and problem-solving.
  • Analyze and interpret various institutional accounting processes, funding agency terms, and conditions, Uniform Guidance regulations, institutional policies to conduct orientation and training of Pl/PD and project staff.
  • Utilize advanced working knowledge of research administration to apply standard theories, principles, practices, and techniques to review and analyze award documents to develop award notification and set up documents, determine budgetary guidance and restrictions, extract reporting requirements and due dates, determine invoicing requirements, and obtain other required documents.
  • Provide financial administration and compliance oversight of complex projects in accordance with institutional policy and agency requirements from notice of award and set up to final closeout.
  • Analyze and review expenditures to determine funds availability, adherence to budget allowability, allocability, and compliance with agency and institutional regulations and policies to ascertain accurate and complete submission of supporting documentation.
  • Effectively interpret, organize, and compile all required supporting documentation, certifications, and approvals to develop high volume, multi-tiered, and complex project-related external sub-awards and contracts.
  • Provide direction and act as an expert source of advice and guidance to Pl/PD and project staff for training and review of acceptable documents needed to monitor/certify the cost-sharing and effort reports.
  • Oversee and direct the project closeout in accordance with funding agency/institutional policies to ensure contractual obligations and compliance requirements are met.
  • Participate in and contribute to process improvement through presentations and may lead staff in special projects to support the team and operational initiatives.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Probationary with the possibility of converting to permanent.

    Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 20, 2022.

    Work Schedule

    Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.

    Key Qualifications
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the area of post-award Research Administration project management.
  • Ability to manage high volume and complex projects and transactions.
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and advise on federal, state, and sponsoring agency's rules, regulations, policies regarding sponsored projects.
  • Strong analytical, technical, interpersonal, and organizational skills to independently determine workload priorities, manage multiple tasks, work within strict time constraints, and set timetables to meet deadlines, goals, and objectives.
  • Must have experience in developing and monitoring budgets, contracts, accounting, fiscal reporting, and government compliance.
  • Ability to think and work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer-focused service and deal tactfully and professionally with a diverse customer base both internally and externally.
  • Must have the ability to work and take direction from a diverse group of people, have problem-solving skills and effective interpersonal and communication skills including with those at a higher level and those sensitive in nature.
  • Proficiency in using computer programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Outlook and database-related programs.
  • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented.

  • Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Finance or closely related field, PLUS three (3) years of related experience.

  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Five (5) years of experience and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.
    • Directly related experience in managing various types of award mechanisms including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements.
    • Extensive knowledge of Uniform Guidance/Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars applied to Federal grants.
    • Experience with PeopleSoft Common Finance System.
    • Experience working in an academic research administration setting.
    • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA).


    Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,693 - $6,666 per month

    Classification Salary Range: $4,693 - $8,489 per month

    Statement of Commitment to Diversity

    In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

    The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

    Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

    The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

    Supplemental Information

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

    This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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