Pre-Award Research Administrator Team Lead (Hybrid)

The Research Administrator 4 (RA4) Team Lead in the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) at UC Merced holds a senior position within the office. Under the limited direction of the Pre-award Assistant Director, this position serves as a mentor for junior staff and as a technical specialist in a particular area, such as federal and state contracts, grants, subcontracts, or information systems. This position is responsible for the development and management of complex, large-scale, interdisciplinary center grants being submitted to sponsors. This position assists Pre-award Research Administrators in their review of administrative management requirements of contracts and grants to ensure compliance with sponsor policies and institutional guidelines according to established policies, practices, and defined internal controls.

This position is also responsible for assisting the Pre-award Assistant Director in ensuring the department provides customer-oriented, value-added pre-award supporting services to the Principal Investigators. Contributes to the development of department policies and procedures and exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate actions. Identifies risks and responds accordingly through established process resolution or escalation to department leadership. Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage high volume and high complexity proposals. The position may be charged with leading various management projects/initiatives by facilitating work groups, gathering facts from support staff, and developing sound recommendations to the Assistant Director that support the mission of the research community. This may include the periodic evaluation of processes and the review of business rules that affect University award management policies and work processes that impact contract and grant administration.

Contact Information

University of California, Merced



5200 Lake Road

Merced, CA 95343


Background Information

4-Year Degree

5+ years

  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time