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Lead Grant & Contract Administrator

Kettering University
Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Research Administration
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Full Time
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Position Information About Kettering: Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM and business education,
integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. We inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any
institution in the world. Kettering University is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through
technological innovation, leadership, and service, built on values that foster respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in growth, global leadership, community outreach, and an engaged community of stakeholders.

BENEFITS include health, dental and vision coverage; retirement benefits with up to a 9% Kettering
matching contribution; life and accident insurance; tuition assistance and waiver programs; vacation and holiday pay; sick and disability pay; home purchase assistance program; recreation center membership; and many other benefits.

Flint Michigan: A storied past and an innovative approach to the future drives Flint forward. No other
city of Flint’s size can boast similar cultural and social resources; the Flint Institute of Art, Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Institute of Music, the Sloan Museum, the Flint Farmers’ Market, and several colleges and universities contribute to a rich social fabric. A vibrant array of dining, entertainment, and lodging options now enliven the walkable Flint city center. Kettering University is an important partner in the renaissance of Flint.

Our Mission and Vision: Kettering University prepares students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service by linking transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, mathematics and business. Kettering University will be the first choice for students and all our partners seeking to make a better world through technological innovation, leadership and service. Job Specific Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a STEM field. Two to three years of research administration experience in higher education. Demonstrated knowledge of Uniform Guidance (2CFR200) and federal submission portals including and

Knowledge of: computers, related software applications; grant submission portals; grant management principles and practices; funding resources; applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations; grant writing; grant accounting; data management and report writing. 

Understanding and commitment to Kettering University Values: 
a. RESPECT: for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity, partnerships with students. 
b. INTEGRITY: including accountability, transparency and ethics. 
c. CREATIVITY: fostering flexibility and innovation. 
d. COLLABORATION: across disciplines and with all partners. 
e. EXCELLENCE: in all we do. Preferred Qualifications Master’s degree in research relevant field and progressive experience in research administration including responsibilities for the management of pre- and post-award functions.  Duties Coordination of pre-award administrative and professional development activities including: opportunity identification; sponsor communications; coordination of grant proposal and contract scope development; editing and writing where applicable (eg. budget justification, institutional overview, facilities and other resources, etc.);  budget development; RFP-compliant submissions; record management and document tracking; and related duties as required. Additional pre-award activities include: administrative support for the management of KU research facilities; maintenance of the OSR website; implementation of internal grant programs (eg. Faculty Fellowships);  and the design and implementation of training curricula including (but not limited to) grant writing techniques, funding opportunity identification, LOI/white paper writing, etc.   Coordination of post-award activities for Kettering sponsored program awards. Activities include, but not limited to,: execution of use agreements and contracts; assistance with policy development; performance of accounting-related actives and tracking to support project expense management and compliance with sponsor and university policies; coordination of contractual amendments and non-financial agreements (including NDAs, MTAs, MOUs, etc.); coordination of efforts with OSR and appropriate KU business units and HR department staff; oversight of award close-out processes. Cross training will include all post-award procedures and policies pertaining to both federal and non-federal awards and training on administrative support activities associated with institutional research facilities. Cross training will include all post-award activities associated with internal grant programs (e.g. Faculty Fellowships).   Data management for OSR and the Gradute School as required. Maintain existing and new, data and record-management systems to comply with reporting requests as required.   Assisting the Dean with graduate school application processing; graduate student research assignments; Graduate School website updates; and drop-in inquiries.
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