Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Temporary

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0058/301/04

Salary Range:

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The incumbent functions as a Research Officer in the Office of University Research (OUR), which is under the leadership of the Vice President for Research, within the Office of the Chief Academic Officer. The Research Officer contributes expertise in grantsmanship, research development and related regulatory compliance, budget administration, and partnership development to support a range of OUR functions and UDC strategic research initiatives. Incumbent works under the administrative direction of the Vice President for Research.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Working with limited supervision and direction, and in close consultation with UDC Principal Investigators (PIs), plans and develops complex proposal submissions to Federal and non-federal sponsors and funding agencies with varying policies, restrictions and deliverables.
  • Provides technical assistance to UDC faculty/staff in the identification and pursuit of funding opportunities to support research priorities; facilitate their development of proposal submissions; and ensure effective fiscal management and reporting of subsequent grants, contracts, and other awards.
  • Coordinates and processes grant applications and proposal-related requests to ensure proposals are submitted on time and in compliance with internal and external requirements. Functions as the OUR liaison with UDC’s schools and entities in the coordination of all UDC Institutional Review Board (IRB) activities.
  • Works in conjunction with OSP Director and staff as well as Finance and PIs to prepare pre-award budgets and documentation required by sponsors; establish post-award accounts and other UDC processes; collect and analyze data; and monitor project performance, including budgets, staff time and effort reporting, and deliverables.
  • Assists PIs in the preparation of proposal narratives, including the writing/editing of non-competing, competing renewal and revised proposals as well as budget justifications, biosketches, facilities/resource plans, and other sections of the proposal required for submission in the various sponsoring agencies’ electronic submission systems.
  • Provides guidance to PIs to ensure all Departmental and Institutional approvals are obtained to enable timely proposal submission, including oversight and processing of all Institutional Review Board (IRB) requests.
  • Ensures proposals for funding are compliant with internal and external policies, routing/signatory guidelines, electronic submission and other requirements.
  • Stays abreast of, and communicate campus-wide, the changes in Federal regulations, processes, and forms as well as District of Columbia and other agency requirements for proposal submission, grants management compliance, and reporting.
  • Assists Office of University Research’s Vice President for Research with development, coordination, and/or conduct of university wide training sessions on a variety of sponsored programs topics to encourage faculty and staff to become proficient with proposal development, grant writing and electronic submission policies as well as post-award management, compliance, and reporting practices.
  • Supports the Vice President for Research in addressing strategic priorities focused on the development of external collaborations and partnership agreements.
  • Coordinates the effective delivery of information to on- and off-campus stakeholders and other audiences via oral, written, and electronic (technology-based) communications mechanisms, including social media platforms when relevant

Other Duties
  • Prepares and presents a monthly report of proposal development activity to the Director, Sponsored Programs and the Office of Grants Administration.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts faculty/PI training in post-award management and accountability as well as roles/responsibilities as PI for a sponsored award.
  • Assists PI in preparation for site visits from sponsoring agencies and/or auditors.
  • Assists in the preparation and filing required for quarterly and annual reports to funding agencies. Coordinates with the PIs in the processing of no cost extensions on existing awards in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Maintains current and accurate data for UDC bio sketches, sponsoring agency templates, university templates and other support resources.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in grant writing and or providing proposal writing assistance to currentprospective PIs.
  • Demonstrated experience in various sponsored programs functions to include budget development and administration as well as research and staff training.
  • Familiarity with Uniform Guidance, IRB coordination and related protocols, and Responsible Conduct for Research requirements.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively via a variety of platforms.
Information to Applicant

Condition of Employment: Temporary employment may be ended at anytime with or without cause.

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.

Condition of Employment: This is a sponsored program appointment. The duration of this appointment is subject to grant fund availability.

E mployment Benefits: Depending upon length of appointment, selectee may or may not be eligible for full benefits such as health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia’s retirement plan (TIAA).

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B).

D rug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: opportunity/ .

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