Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator



The UVA Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) seek a Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator, reporting to the Assistant Director of Pre-Award, to perform pre-award job responsibilities in response to sponsor and University requirements. This position is telecommute optional!

OSP's mission is to provide leadership in research administration, support the research endeavors of University faculty, ensure the responsible stewardship of research funding, and oversee the submission of proposals and the negotiation and acceptance of awards by the University according to State, University and sponsor regulations.

Senior Grants and Contracts Administrators possess a comprehensive understanding of grants and contracts administration. A Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator will apply advanced skills, experience and judgment to the review, submission and negotiation of a breadth of transactions (e.g., proposals, awards, agreements), some of which are complex and high-risk, on behalf of the University of Virginia.



  • Serves as a subject matter expert on research administration, ensuring compliance with state, Federal and University rules, regulations, policies and practices (such as FAR, Uniform Guidance, sponsor guidelines, etc.) and provides guidance to staff and faculty in understanding applicable policies and obligations.
  • Reviews research and sponsored programs related documents at proposal stage; identifies issues, coordinates revisions and corrections with investigators and administrators (both internal and external) and endorses on behalf of the University, as appropriate.
  • Reviews and negotiates awards and agreements for conformity with University, federal, state, and Sponsor policies; identifies, articulates and resolves relevant issues in award/agreement review on a timely basis through contact and follow-up with University administrators, faculty, sponsors or third parties as appropriate.
  • Participates in the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures governing award management and non-financial post award research administration at UVA.
  • Manages a complex portfolio while providing quality service and adhering to Sponsor deadlines.
  • Supervises and develops rising professionals in the grants and contracts arena, advises a variety of individuals at the University regarding best practices and recommended approaches in research administration (e.g., financial considerations, internal and external communication, risk management).
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.



Education: Bachelor's degree is required. Four additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of degree.
Experience: Five years of grant and contract experience required.
Licensure:  Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification is preferred.

Knowledge of governmental regulations (e.g. FAR, Uniform Guidance, FERPA, HIPAA, GDPR) preferred.

Physical Demands: This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.


Anticipated Hiring Range: Approximately $82K - $89K, commensurate with candidate's experience and qualifications, with UVA benefits.




Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter and CV/resume all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.


For questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter.



COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 
If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.
If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates. 
NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption.  For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage. 


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Contact Information

University of Virginia



1001 N. Emmet Street

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University

U.S. Citizen


Target Job Information


  • Full Time