Senior Pre Award Associate - Virginia Tech


The Sponsored Programs division in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech has an opening for a Senior Pre Award Associate.  This position will be expected to advise and assist faculty in the preparation of multiple and diverse proposals that vary in risk level and budget complexity for funding, ensure compliance with university and sponsor policies, procedures and requirements, and be comfortable working in situations where answers are not always clearly defined. Senior Pre Award Associate will possess initiative and the ability to work independently and consult with appropriate parties as needed. It is critical that the employee, while working under pressure of internal and external deadlines, utilize problem solving skills and excellent customer service skills to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, staff, students, and sponsors. They must be energetic and able to function effectively and independently in a fast-moving environment subject to external pressure and frequent interruptions.

Senior Pre Award Associate is expected to review the work of others, and provide training to internal and external customers, as well as participate in efforts to improve research administration including serving on internal and external committees. Subject-matter expertise is developed with sponsor assignment. At times, they may be reassigned to focus on a single large complex proposal that needs undivided attention. Senior Pre Award Associate is expected to work closely with associate directors and team leaders in coordination and operations; assist with team member training, as well as foster team work and collaboration. The employee demonstrates organizational skills and high commitment to customer service by applying skills and experience to the review of research proposals, contracts, and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and university regulations and guidelines. The position serves as backup to internal pre-award leadership working with departments with MOU agreements. As an authorized representative of the university, they are the last individual to review the final version of the proposal before submission to the sponsor.

This position is eligible for remote or hybrid work arrangement to be confirmed upon hire.  Position comes with an array of competitive benefit offerings to include health, retirement, leave and more.

For more information about this position and how to apply, please visit and search for posting 524912.

Virginia Tech is an EEO/AA (including individuals with disabilities and veterans) employer.

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