Sponsored Research Specialist

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Sponsored Research Specialist for the Earth & Space Research Administration (ESRA).  Reporting to the Financial Business Manager and working closely with UMBC staff, faculty, student and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) sponsors, the incumbent will be responsible for financial management and reporting of research awards, including multi-institutional cooperative agreements, grants and contracts – monitoring all financial aspects of their assigned portfolio from pre-award through closeout. 

Specific duties include:

  • Assisting faculty members in the submission of proposals, including preparation of the proposal budget
  • Overseeing UMBC proposal routing and submission via the specified method
  • Routine reconciliation and analysis of allocated award expenditures, including effort, to ensure accuracy, allowability, and compliance with Federal, State, UMBC, and sponsor requirements
  • Meeting with PI faculty members regularly to review funding portfolio, effort, and financial status
  • Preparing required monthly financial reports
  • Other duties as assigned

This position may choose to work at either the UMBC Campus in Baltimore, MD or at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, MD. Hybrid-telework schedule options may be available

UMBC is a Carnegie R1 (Research 1 – doctoral universities with very high research activity) institution.  The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best colleges to work for each of the last twelve years. We offer a generous benefits package to exempt staff, including 22 days of vacation leave, 15 days of sick leave, 15 days of holiday leave, and 3 days of personal leave each year as well as tuition remission at any USM institution (undergraduate or graduate level) for up to 8 credits per semester. 

Requires a Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Business, Management, Accounting or Finance. Must be proficient in Gmail, MS Excel and Word.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Sponsored research administration experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of federal regulations relating to grants and/or contracts
  • Higher education experience desired
  • Experience with Google forms and database software
  • PeopleSoft and/or Kuali experience
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Robust analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and appropriately prioritize duties
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills

This is a grant-funded position and employment is contingent upon award renewal. Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time position and includes full university benefits. Note: A background check will be required. 

For best consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and contract information for three professional references by July 31, 2022 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled) to: http://listings.umbc.edu/cw/en-us/job/493752?lApplicationSubSourceID=11399

UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks the applications of minorities, women, Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Information about Title IX and contact information for the Title IX Coordinator is available at: https://oei.umbc.edu/

Contact Information

University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Earth & Space Research Administration





Background Information

4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Department Administrator
  • Finance, Operations
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time