Research Administration Specialist, Cornell Tech


Job Summary

Reporting to the Sr. Director of Finance and Planning, this position provides comprehensive post-award, financial management, and budgetary support to a variety of research initiatives, and individual Principal Investigators (PIs) as part of the campus Research Administration team.

This position additionally works closely with research initiative directors to provide comprehensive high-level financial, planning and compliance support to various larger scale campus research initiatives.

The position works both independently and collaboratively across multiple teams at Cornell Tech, other units, and central offices in Ithaca (including, but not limited to, Research Development, OSP, SFS, ORIA, and OVPR). The position also interacts with outside industry partners and organizations, government granting agencies, and other research institutions.

While position responsibilities vary, every member of our community is expected to foster a culture of belonging and a psychologically healthy work environment by communicating across differences; being cooperative, collaborative, open, and welcoming; showing respect, compassion, and empathy; engaging and supporting others regardless of background or perspective; speaking up when others are being excluded or treated inappropriately; and supporting work/life integration of oneself and others.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. It is expected that the individual in this role will be working a hybrid schedule with 2-3 days per week on Cornell Tech’s New York City campus.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

Post Award Support and Administration – 60%

  • Provide on-going post award financial functions including but not limited to: tracking of funds, evaluating expenditures, forecasting, and budgeting.

  • Responsible for subrecipient management activities including initiation of agreements, management of existing agreements, and post award modifications as needed.

  • Prepare proposal budgets of varying complexities, coordinate aspects of the university annual budget process and salary recovery.

Research Initiative Support – 30%

  • Work with and support initiative directors in carrying out initiative priorities.

  • Help PIs and initiative directors with the development, initiation and oversight of new initiatives;

  • Develop, manage and monitor initiative budgets; ensure that the initiatives meet all grant obligations and reporting duties by established deadlines.

Professional development/other duties as assigned – 10%

  • Keep abreast of the sponsored funding environment, including new compliance requirements and changing systems.

  • Proactively seek out and attend educational seminars and training to enhance understanding of proposal submission process, and available funding opportunities.

  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three to five (3-5) years' experience in administration, finance, grants management, and/or program coordination, in a non-profit organization or research-intensive higher education institution.

  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and Adobe Acrobat Pro required.

  • Superior customer service and communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, confidently, and concisely in verbal and written formats to a wide variety of constituents.

  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.

  • Position requires a demonstrated ability to:

    • Support the administration and management of sponsored activities; understand complexities of funding and compliance guidelines and processes related to sponsored programs.

    • Independently plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure;

    • Multi-task in a high-volume setting;

    • Operate in a team environment and contribute effectively to team goals;

    • Apply excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to identify, research, and resolve issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree (including MBA or MPA) strongly preferred with five (5) plus years' experience in related organizations.

  • Demonstrated responsibilities supporting program management; sponsored activities policies and procedures; and knowledge and expertise in the use of various systems including Kuali Financial System (KFS), Novelution Research Management System,,, and other related industry systems.

  • An interest in engineering, computer science, and information science research and enthusiasm for working closely with investigators preferred.

Contact Information

Cornell Tech
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Last Name
(607) 255-3936
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Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
3-5 Years
  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Finance, Operations
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

Job Type
  • Full Time