University of Nebraska-Lincoln is adding to our Sponsored Programs Post-award team

PROJECT SPECIALIST I, II or III (FT managerial/professional position)

Are you interested in becoming a member of a dedicated, client-focused, and fun loving group of professional staff? Do you want to be part of an energetic team working in a fast-paced environment at a Big Ten university? If so, we’re looking for you!

Join us here in Lincoln, Nebraska – home to fine culinary and artistic treasures, a budding live music scene, and Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Historic Haymarket District. Lincoln boasts the most parkland per capita in the nation, along with exceptional bike/hike trails. It offers the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. Enjoy four seasons, low cost of living, an active arts community, top-notch schools, excellent sports experiences and a growing research university. Lincoln has it all!

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a robust culture of collaboration underpins our research success. We believe true innovation emerges at the nexus of strategic partnerships and our research strengths. We’re striving to build productive, innovative relationships within and beyond our university, locally and globally, with public and private partners ( This is also true for the Sponsored Programs team. We are a combined pre-and post-award office that is building partnerships with our faculty and staff to ensure the best proposals are submitted and resulting awards are exceptionally managed. We are leading the way in client service and we’d love to add another outstanding individual to the post-award team. 

This unique opportunity allows for qualified candidates to apply for a Project Specialist position at any of three levels within the post-award team of the Office of Sponsored Programs. As a UNL Project Specialist you perform financial management activities for gifts, grants and contracts received by the university from external funders. In the financial management role you will: provide guidance to faculty and staff on compliance issues; assist with report submission, as requested; prepare and sign invoices and all required financial reports; serve as Sponsored Programs office liaison to funding sources; assist with subaward preparation; and manage projects through the closeout process.

At a minimum for the entry level you need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting or related field – equivalent education/experience will be considered. Not surprisingly, you’ll need experience with common PC applications for word processing and accounting; the ability to access our database warehouse for information; plus good organization and communication skills. We’ll also want you to show that you have the demonstrated ability to stay on top of project tasks appropriately throughout a project timeline. You will find details on all the required and preferred qualifications and minimum experience levels for all Project Specialist levels at, under requisition S_210626.  This is also where you will find the link to apply.

Compensation and the level of position will be determined at the time of hire, based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. A criminal background check will also be conducted. UNL offers excellent benefits, including a staff/dependent scholarship program, as well as outstanding professional growth and development opportunities. Applicant review begins August 11th and will continue until the position is filled. 

UNL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See:

Contact Information

University of Nebraska-Lincoln



2200 Vine Street
151 Prem S. Paul Research Center
Lincoln, NE 68583

(402) 472-6327

Background Information

High School

  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time