Director of Finance and Administration


NC State University's North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) is a research institute promoting the discovery of new knowledge about global, regional, and local climate variability and its impacts. NCICS’ principal activity is the operation of a NOAA cooperative institute and NCICS is co-located with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA), as part of the NCICS senior leadership team, will be responsible for the efficient management and strategic oversight of the institute’s research and operations portfolio. The DFA will work with the NCICS Director and Deputy Director in strategic planning and execution of all institute activities and programs and will be directly responsible for

• leading institute research administration activities including Pre-Award: development, drafting, and review of proposal text; oversight of proposal preparation and submission; providing guidance and technical assistance regarding agency proposal requirements/guidelines; drafting and/or review of budgets for accuracy, thoroughness, and compliance; proposal element entry or upload in respective sponsor system; campus coordination for institution submission; Post-Award: award setup and oversight; serve as primary liaison with sponsor, NCICS scientists, consortium members and partners, subcontractors, and pertinent NCSU personnel for all research administration processes (post award actions) and problems; project closeouts; and setup and maintenance of appropriate contract and grant files;

• oversight for all financial activity in this current $35M enterprise including, but not limited to, annual budget development, contracts and grants award setup and management, subcontracting and contracted services agreements, research personnel salary distribution changes, vouchers/travel, journals, inter-departmental transactions, and relevant fiscal reporting;

• oversight of institute business administration activities and direct supervision of administrative support staff including administrative office, human resources, and institute reporting (1 Program Specialist); information technology (1 IT Systems Administrator, 1 IT Network Administrator); facilities/space; inventory;

• directing and leading compliance activities including the development, implementation, oversight, and update of institute administrative policies, planning guidelines, and standard protocols and procedure in compliance with pertinent university, state, and sponsor rules and regulations; COI disclosure and TEARS certification; mandatory training requirements, etc. 

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North Carolina State University
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(828) 257-3008
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Background Information

Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Department Administrator
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Authorized to work in the US
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  • Full Time