Post-Award Grants & Contracts Specialist - Faculty Shared Services & Centralized Post-Award Services

Search #: 496156
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services (SPS), is seeking energetic Post-Award Grants and Contracts professionals to fill multiple specialist position vacancies in the administrative area of Faculty Shared Services and centralized Post-Award Services unit.

Working under limited supervision from a designated manager, the role provides post-award administrative guidance, oversight, and assistance to faculty and staff to facilitate University research and sponsored program activity, in accordance with federal and state laws, sponsor guidelines, and University policy and procedure. 


  • Interpret award documents to ensure proper set up of accounts, and compliance with financial obligations.
  • Create/generate financial reports (i.e. monthly financial transaction reports) for analysis, projection, and action, to assist with the management of sponsored projects.
  • Provide timely and accurate post-award transactional support for faculty research portfolios, including commitment management, cost transfers, and other grant management related tasks.
  • Assist with completion of administrative portions of progress reports to sponsors.
  • Serve as the University liaison with the sponsor in the negotiation of changes to sponsored research commitments, budget adjustments, changes in scope, and project extensions;
  • Provide direction, training, and assistance to principal investigators and department staff in financial award management.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to monitor and evaluate subrecipient entity activity and mitigate associated risk.
  • Serve as a resource to both internal and external colleagues.  Keep abreast of laws, regulations, external and internal policies, and procedures governing the administration of grants and contracts. 
  • Exercise sound judgment in clarifying and resolving issues of concern. 
  • Maintain complete records and documentation.
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of workflow, current practices, business processes, and policy.
  • Participate in office-wide projects that ensure the Institution is compliant with sponsor obligations and requirements;
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned.


  1. Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or another field/discipline relevant to the area of specialization.
  2. At least four years of experience in a complex business organization, industry, or governmental/regulatory agency involving accounting, budgeting, contracting, or related work.
  3. Working knowledge of federal laws and regulations regarding grants and contracts; or equivalent translatable experience.
  4. Experience with developing budgets, performing financial transactions, and preparing financial reports or proposals in a timely and accurate manner.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Effective time management, follow-through, and organizational skills.
  7. Customer-service orientation and experience working with a diverse constituency.
  8. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high-volume, and deadline-driven environment.
  9. Ability to problem-solve and maintain professional composure while working under pressure from internal and external deadlines.
  10. Ability to adhere to work schedule during business hours of operation with schedule flexibility to ensure that deadlines can be met.


  1. Knowledge of OMB Circulars A-81 (Uniform Guidance) and/or the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  2. Ability to interpret technical solicitation or contract language applicable to sponsored research and understand its implications.
  3. Experience with electronic research administration systems (such as, Fastlane, eRA Commons).
  4. Experience working in an institution of higher education.
  5. Experience working in a high-volume, high-production, and/or sponsored-research intensive environment.


Full-time positions include an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut.  Salaries typically start at the minimum of the salary band and range to the mid-point for progressively experienced candidates.  Positions are anticipated to be based on the main UConn Storrs Campus.  Employees are currently telecommuting until directed to return to campus or as an otherwise authorized condition of employment.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495156 and upload a resume and cover letter that effectively demonstrate how the qualifications required for the position are satisfied and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 29, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical links to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Contact Information

University of Connecticut



438 Whitney Road Extension
Unit 1006
Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-4247

Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Compliance
  • Finance, Operations
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts


Target Job Information

  • Full Time