Business Operations Associate II

Hiring Department

Research & Econ Comm Dev

Job Description

The Business Operations Specialist II (Pre-Award) performs work critical to the administration of grants and contracts from federal, state, local government, non-profit, and foundation sponsors. Responsibilities include reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating contracts; maintaining knowledge of policies, procedures, and regulations; managing the preparation and submission of proposals, while monitoring for compliance, and providing exceptional customer service to stakeholders. Attention to detail is critical.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Review and negotiate contracts and grants from federal, state, and local government, non-profit, and foundation sponsors.
  • Analyze, interpret, and develop recommendations to research faculty for proposal submissions based upon sponsor and university requirements.
  • Acquire, maintain, and interpret knowledge of funding submission mechanisms and deadlines.
  • Read and analyze research grants and contracts.
  • Prepare query reports as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.

M-F; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of excel and PeopleSoft; at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary. Experience working in higher education; excellent verbal and written communication skills

Anticipated Hiring Range

Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $20.00 - $23.00 Hourly
Grade: GGS-009

Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter and resume into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.) to the UMSL Job site: Http://
For questions about the application process, please call (314) 516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Finalists will be required to complete a skills test administered online. The skills test will take between 45-60 minutes to complete.

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit .

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