UNLV - Senior Research Administrator, Grants & Contracts - Remote


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Research Administrator, Grants and Contracts, (REMOTE) [R0135387]


The Senior Research Administrator for Grants and Contracts assists faculty members, principal investigators and department grant administrators with the administration of university awards for research, service projects, and other creative activities and represents the university as the liaison to the sponsor.


Primary Job Duties:

  • Provides advice to faculty and staff regarding sponsored research administration issues, interpreting a broad range of sponsor policies, government regulations and terms and conditions in a timely manner
  • Regularly and consistently respond to award administration for all grants in portfolio, and assist peers as needed
  • Administer awards through eRA portals, ASSIST, Fastlane, Research.gov, Grants.gov, etc.
  • Review award for compliance, to include but not limited to, IRB, IACUC, export control, participant support, extra contractual compensation (ECC), short turn around timing, reporting requirements, special conditions (e.g., prior approvals), etc.
  • Communicates with extramural agencies on grant-related matters ton include, no cost extensions, PI change, changes in scope, and funding (increased & carry over), or to verify allowable/allocability, etc., as needed
  • Work closely with the Pre Award Research Administrator and Financial Research Accountant teams on various issues related to proposals and award management
  • Prepares subaward agreements and modifications
  • Work with other institutions regarding sub-contracting
  • Review and approve/reject buyout and Extra Contractual Compensation from faculty
  • Prepare award documents and budget(s) for entry into Workday
  • Ensure programmatic reporting deadlines are completed and uploaded into award/financial system
  • Prepare corrections, such as adding GR lines and other award information into award/financial system
  • Collaborates with other University groups such as Principal Investigators and study teams, IRB (Office of Research Integrity), Risk Management, sponsors and other relevant offices to ensure that sponsored research projects are managed in an efficient and effective manner consistent with UNLV policies and procedures, and applicable agency guidelines, laws and regulations
  • Provides Grants and Contracts leadership in absence of Associate Director
  • Provide train the trainer modules to be used by Grants and Contracts and other OSP staff as necessary using a combination of digital media, virtual, and in person.
  • Facilitate mandatory trainings for new faculty and administrative hires



  • Expert knowledge and experience necessary to manage a high volume of awards involving the most complex federal terms and conditions; international issues; multi-site collaborations; city, county, and state contracts; non-profit contracts; cooperative agreements; memoranda of understanding; master agreements; multi-party agreements; teaming agreements
  • Possess extensive knowledge of major funding sources University and sponsor policies and procedures post-award grants administration, analysis and understanding of terms and conditions
  • Advanced knowledge of federal procurement regulations, including the CFR & FAR, agency CFR/FAR implementations, and the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 and audit regulations (Single Audit) that pertain to institutions of higher education
  • Expert skill and demonstrated experience to negotiate highly complex sponsored project agreements independently with and understanding of the consequences of acceptance or denial; identify key issues and propose alternative language that is acceptable to the parties; analyze and interpret all terms and conditions to protect the high priority interests of the University
  • Demonstrated in-depth experience and expertise in delivering high quality customer service to a diverse group of colleagues within the organization, in the campus research community, and in sponsor entities with a particular focus on: customer needs negotiating mutually beneficial workflow and communications to achieve a common goal, establishing service expectations, and delivering accurate and complete services
  • Previous Workday experience to include grants module
  • CRA Certification



  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to deliver effective professional research administration expertise to all levels of faculty, staff, and non-University entities
  • Exceptional ability to mentor and train other research administrators as part of a team environment
  • Exceptional written and oral skills to compose and deliver clear and concise communications to explain advanced concepts and procedures to individuals at various knowledge levels
  • Expert skill to analyze existing policy and procedure to offer substantive recommendations for improved efficiencies in office-wide operations and improve overall service to the campus research community
  • Demonstrated customer service focus and an ability to communicate verbally and in writing clearly and effectively, presenting ideas, documenting activities, reading and interpreting written information, such as federal, state and internal guidelines and requirements
  • Extensive proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; and ability to use and execute advanced Excel functions to work with complex data
  • Strong computer, systems and technology proficiency, including experience with Workday
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills



  • Demonstrated ability to interpret policies and act independently in a highly complex regulatory/legal/fiscal environment
  • Self-starter, diplomatic, pro-active, and ability to manage stress
  • Ability and capacity to work with a high degree of independence and within a deadline driven, multi-tasking operating environment



The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and 7-9 years of experience. Musty have served as a research administrator at a central sponsored programs office. Research administration in review of awards, review of contracts, and administering a portfolio of awards. Workday experience.



College department grant administrator is a plus. University setting with research administration Cayuse experience. 10 years of experience.


Salary range is $74,000 – $84,000


  • Generous compensation packages, up to 48 days of paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
  • Excellent health insurance including medical, dental and vision
  • No state income tax
  • Comprehensive retirement plans and voluntary benefits programs
  • Tuition discounts at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) schools
  • Tuition discounts for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on February 27, 2023.

Materials should be addressed to Hallie Lyons, Search Committee Chair, and must be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or UNLVJobs@unlv.edu.


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and more than 3,600 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 152,000 degrees, producing more than 130,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.


Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.


For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu



The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes). Discrimination on the basis of a protected class, including unlawful harassment, which is a form of discrimination, is illegal under federal and state law. Where unlawful discrimination is found to have occurred, UNLV will act to stop the unlawful discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, to remedy its effects, and to discipline those responsible.



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Note to Applicant

This position may require that a criminal background check be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.  

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified,  HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment. 

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.  

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.  

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.  

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements (if a closing date is provided).

Recruitments that provide a work schedule are subject to change based on organizational needs.

Contact Information

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
First Name
Last Name
Contact Email
Contact URL

Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
7-9 years
  • College/University
  • Non-Profit
  • Compliance
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

$74,000 –
Job Type
  • Full Time